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We stayed for an hour and then
called it a day.
We both had Monday off, so we
decided to hunt our favorite spot on
the game lands again. We walked back
to the corner of the field and set up the
three decoys. We called for a while and
enjoyed the morning,
but without any luck.
We packed it up at
8 and tried another
spot about 700 yards
from the field. A
gobbler fired back
immediately after I
called. I put out a hen decoy and we
got ready. We tried to entice him, but
he gobbled about 10 times and moved
off across a dirt road about 100 yards
away. After 20 minutes, we decided to
try another spot.
We hiked down the powerline and
across the dirt road. Heading up the
other side, we heard the tom again,
even farther off. He was on the move.
I thought I knew where the bird was
headed - into a patch of pines. We
decided to circle around and into the
pines. We set up at a spot where the
woods opened.
After we got there, I did a series of
clucks and the bird gobbled. We sat on
opposite sides of an old oak tree, and
I set up a decoy just 17 yards from us.
It was an exciting moment, because
the tom was coming in fast. Lacey
got ready and pointed her gun in the
tom's direction. We could hear the bird
walking on the crunchy leaves. Then it
appeared, just behind some thick ferns,
15 yards away.
Lacey had to swing to her left to get a
shot, and the tom was staring her down.
There was no way she could move, as
the tom came closer. He came around

my side of the tree, and I could only
guess what Lacey was feeling, as I had
to close my eyes to keep from moving.
The bird was now 7 yards in front of me
and it let out a piercingly loud gobble,
right in my face. I couldn't believe the
bird was so close to Lacey and she had
no shot.
The tom slowly
walked off, not even
giving our decoy a
second look. Once
it was 100 yards
away, Lacey and I
whispered with
excitement about the experience. She
said she thought she was going to have
a heart attack. Still gobbling, the tom
wandered deeper into the woods. It was
headed for a second tom we could hear
in the distance. Every time one would
gobble the other would answer.
I got out my map and tried to
pinpoint where the birds might meet
up. We packed up again, and headed
to where I figured they'd show up. We
came into a corner of a field where the
woods bottlenecked into another field.
We headed into the funnel, finding
it very thick with undergrowth. We
came upon an impressive boulder and
climbed onto it to get a better view.
Lacey was standing behind me when
I heard rustling in the leaves about 40
yards away. I thought it was a deer, but
I was wrong.
"Be still; don't move," I whispered
to Lacey. I slowly set up the shooting
sticks and had her raise the 20-gauge
into position. A few quiet minutes
went by as we watched for movement.
Lacey and I were just getting ready to
get down off the boulder, when not
one, but two thundering gobbles came
out of the woods just 40 yards in front of

"I couldn't believe
the bird was so
close to Lacey and
she had no shot."

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