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Holy Crap I Tagged Out

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Still can't believe it but I tagged out on turkeys in Louisiana this year. I shot my first bird on the second day of the season. He played the game and came in just like they do on TV. He was ready, responsive, and I even got to watch him strut before I shot him.

Since then however, the turkeys have got the best of me. Had two gobblers come in and must have seen me press record on my camera, had another one make a big circle and come in behind me and bust me, and then another who was too interested in the hens he already had. Also had a couple days of complete strike outs, and I must have covered at least 10 miles on foot since the season began.

It all came to a magnificent close yesterday afternoon, when it seemed like I would be going home empty handed. I set up in the dark and had one gobbling first 30 minutes of daylight at 300 yards away. He hung up and then got quiet so I jumped in my truck and tried to figure out a way to go around and get closer to him. It didn't work so I continued to run and gun looking for other birds. At 12pm I made my way back to the first spot. The bird was gobbling as soon as I got out the truck. I got set and made calls. He answered back. We did this for about 20 minutes but he didn't seem to be closing the distance. I started calling really aggressively with plenty of cutting and then I went quiet for a while. I made one call about 10 minutes later and he answered back much closer than before. I went quiet again, but I heard him about 10 minutes later 200 yards or so to my left. He made a big semi circle and wouldn't come in to where I was. This is when I really started to lose hope, and figured he had hens with him. I made one last ditch effort to ease up to where I heard him last. Over the three years I've been hunting I've learned this is usually a good way to get busted but I it would be my last hunt in Louisiana anyway. I eased up and every five or six steps I would look through my binoculars real good. Just when I was fixing to hit the clearing where I heard him last, I saw his little head poking up out of some tall grass. I thought he had busted me but he was actually looking for the hen he was hearing. I eased into some brush and made a call. He answered back at about 100 yards. He didn't come right in so I took a gamble and set the gun down to make another call. He answered back at 50 yards so I eased my gun up. I shot and killed him 2 minutes later. I honestly thought it would not happen, but the range of emotions I felt when I slapped my second tag on that bird can't be put into words.

I am using the Meopta MeoPro 8x32 binoculars. They are incredibly clear and get great distance for not nearly the price of
other optics. There is no way I would have killed that bird without them. He would have busted me if I had gotten any closer. I haven't mastered the mouth call yet so I am using slate calls for now. The one I used on this bird is the Sure Shot Game Calls Imperial Slate. I literally got it in the mail on Tuesday and used it to call the bird on Wednesday.

I'm def not an expert, just a guy who fell in love with turkey hunting. I feel so grateful to have tagged out and wish all the hunters the same luck.

Jared Serigne

Producer, Sportsman TV

www.lousianasportsman.com/sportsmantv
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Way to hang in there! Thanks for the story, it reminded me of so many of my past turkey hunts in Louisiana only I would get busted or quit too early. You made the right move and the right decision!

Congratulations!
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Congrats on tagging out!

I have been hunting turkeys for years but no expert. This is second year in a row that I have tagged out in Louisiana. Luckily one weekend in Missisippi and a week in Midwest left for me this year.
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Thanks guys. It was a big accomplishment for me, especially here in Louisiana where we don't exactly have the biggest population of turkeys.
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