Go Back > Forums > Big Game

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-01-2016, 01:58 AM
csterner csterner is offline
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Gettysburg, PA
Posts: 1,742
Default called another couple toms today

This rain we've had made it tough this morning on the mountain. Fog had visibility down to 40 yards and I had to use my cell phone and google maps to navigate to our spot. My cousin had birds located and we got to the area late, but undetected. Heard a few gobbles early, but at the bottom of the mountain. Didn't do us any good. A few soft calls produced no response up top. The birds he roosted Thursday were not talking, if they were there.

I decided we should move up to a saddle where we killed a good one a few years ago. I believe the birds like to travel thru there on the way to a food plot hidden nearby on top of the mountain. We moved 100 yards or so, picked a spot and settled in.

After a few minutes, we heard a gobble from where we just were. Bird must have heard us call over there and was looking for us...and man was he HOT. I called and he gobbled. Headed our way I thought. Then crows flew over and he really let loose...But wait. Was that a double gobble or 2 birds?

What seemed like an hour, but was probably 5 minutes, and I saw movement through the fog. One bird.., yes, two. One looked bigger than the other, probably a dominant boss and subordinate. I got my cousin around to my side of the tree, to try to double, but they kept circling left out of his view. It was all me.

As they , moved further left, they were slightly down over a hump out of view. I adjusted my butt and slid the barrel to the left, but crap! There's a head poking up from behind a log. The jig was up! I wasn't sure which one it was, but knew I had to act fast. The 870 roared and a bird flew straight up, then down and ran left. Did I miss? Got on him quickly and the gun belched again, but again, wasn't sure I connected.

We got up and headed to look and the first bird was flopping behind the log. I inadvertantly shot at the second bird thinking I had missed. We looked the area over good and found I had cleanly missed. Thank goodness.

My bird weighed about 15-16 pounds with a 6" beard and 3/4" spurs, a personal best. His belly was nearly devoid of feathers from mating and wing tips worn off. But I truly believe I shot the wrong bird. The ole boss must have gotten away, this time. At least I hope so. His gobbles were incredible. Deep and loud in the fog. A hunt to remember. I get to play guide now, for my cousin and mom. Maybe one of them will get him?
Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-2016, 03:17 AM
Stan from Pa. Stan from Pa. is offline
Supporting Member
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Lancaster, Pa
Posts: 468
Default Congratulations

Way to go Charlie,
enjoyed reading about your exciting morning,
Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-2016, 12:18 PM
thekriebles thekriebles is offline
Supporting Member
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Collegeville, PA
Posts: 336


Without pictures, it didn't happen Only kidding of course...congrats and thanks for sharing your hunt!

NRA Lifetime Endowment Member
Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-2016, 06:07 PM
dungheap dungheap is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Newton, WI
Posts: 1,517

Since early last summer, I had a pair of toms coming into my yard to raid the bird feeder leftovers and they got really, really tame -- to a point where I could walk right up to them with food.

Hunting season started a little better than a week ago. Now there's only one.

I can only hope the other died quickly.

Guess that's what happens when an old hunter turned softie mourns the loss of a "pal."
Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-2016, 06:56 PM
csterner csterner is offline
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Gettysburg, PA
Posts: 1,742

That's kinda the way I am about "my" deer here at the house. Kinsa tough to shoot em. I enjoy having them around.
Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2016, 04:33 AM
sicero sicero is offline
Supporting Member
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Medway, Ohio
Posts: 3,013

As my departed brother always said. DON'T NAME IT. Kenny

I pride myself in being able to make decisions with little information.
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT. The time now is 11:02 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.