May 27, 2010 at 10:37am
We set up on this bird 3/22/10, on our ranch lease in Zavala county Texas at 8:30AM. He gobbled once when we first got there and he sounded like he was far away. We continued to call with a box call about every 5 minutes. After about 30 minutes, the bird gobbled the 2nd time and he sounded a lot closer. I got ready. After another 15 minutes, the gobbler stepped out on the sendero about 70 yards away. He looked in our direction and when he saw the decoy, he immediately went into a strut and started walking in our direction. With the morning sun shining on him, his irridescent plumage was sparkling in the sunlight. He looked magnificent. He strutted in within 3 feet of the decoy and slowly turned to his left and took about three steps. My videographer Steve Alleman, made a couple of soft yelps with his mouth call. The turkey stuck his head out and Steve said take him. I hesitated a few seconds hoping the turkey would gobble. When he didn't, I pulled the trigger and dropped him at 23 yards. This was one of the most exciting hunting experiences of my life. He weighed 23 pounds, beard 8/1/2 inches and spurs 1 inch.