Despite the non-stop rain that has kept the Bluegrass State at flood stage for the last two weeks, we didn’t let that keep us from hitting the woods on Saturday for some turkey hunting. We were lucky enough to be hunting a friend’s farm that had already produced three nice longbeards the previous weekend and several more birds had been sighted. I was pumped.

A 6am wake-up call put us in the blind right at shooting light. I’ll spare readers all the details but suffice to say my friend had his first turkey taken with a bow by 7:45am. With more gobbling all around us we thought it might be a quick day. It turned out to be a long morning that turned into afternoon. We had plenty of activity with a hen and then four jakes visiting our spot. No toms though.

At around 1:15pm, just as we were discussing Plan B for my bird a tom in full strut appeared to my left. The shot was long at about 45 yards so I asked my friend to call a couple of times to bring him closer. We were able to get about another 5 yards of movement and then he hung up. Chances are we could have worked him closer with some patience but when he turned away from us I got nervous. Saying a quick prayer to the hunting gods I lined up the beads on my shotgun and squeezed the trigger. Two toms down!

This was my second turkey and it was a monster. I’m very happy with the results and it was a fantastic day afield. Special thanks to the landowner for managing such a fantastic piece of property to perfection and being nice enough to invite me down. We were heartened to see more birds on the way back to the house which brought our total for the day to 4 toms, 3 hens and 5 jakes. That leaves plenty of birds for next year.

With turkey season behind me I’m going to quickly shift focus to gardening…if the rain ever stops. In the meantime, enjoy the picture.

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