Had a great hunt in Texas last week with my longtime friend Eric. We got on the birds quick and the action was fast and furious. We were able to get 8 birds over the course of our hunt with 5 of those on the first afternoon. Most of the longbeards were coming in 2-4 at a time which allowed us to double up on 3 different occasions. All were beautiful birds with the best spurs measuring 1 5/8'' .
Was fortunate to be able to call in this Ascension Parish bird for this young man. This was his first turkey! It was a great hunt with the bird coming over 400 yards during the 20-30 minute setup and probably gobbled 60 times. The gobbler closed the distance to inside of 25 yards, but was not visible behind some brush. He stayed out of sight and gobbled over 20 times. The hunter was so excited that by his own words ' My arm and legs were shaking so much I didn't think I would be able to shoot' The gobbler eventually stepped out in full strut at 8 steps, a 3.5' #6 ended the hunt in short order. I always enjoy calling in birds for other hunters, but to see a 70 year old this excited really made my day. This is what it's all about, never lose that feeling....
A few turkeys from a recent trip out west.
Proud hunter with her first of the year.
Here are some pictures of some turkeys that my friend Eric and I killed on a recent trip to Texas and Oklahoma. We had some great hunts with the birds responding and working very well.
Here's a deer that my 11 year old girl shot when I brought her to North Texas last weekend. She had to take a shot with him facing us. Not the shot I wanted her to take, but he heard us moving around and got a little spooky. I told her it wasn't looking good and she said "I'm on him Daddy". So I told her to shot him. She smoked him! He was about 65-70 yards and the 7mm-08 and the reduced recoil loads did the job. We usually turkey hunt this cattle ranch and asked if we could come up and make a deer hunt. Seeing the smile on her face I'm glad I did. They don't have alot of deer, but they have some nice ones. The body size was just as impressive as the rack. This is her 4th deer with the biggest before this was a 4 point.
Here are some pictures of 2 Rio's and 2 Merriams that I killed last week on a trip with my friend Eric Kelley ( I'll post some pics of his birds if he doesn't). All total we killed 5 Rio's and 4 Merriams between the 2 of us. It was a great trip with the scenery in New Mexico being awesome. We hunted the Rio's in North Texas out of the town of Vernon. The weather was hot with the temp. getting up to 94 degrees. We started the trip off with a bang killing 3 birds on our first hunt. We had 7 or 8 long beards and about 20 jakes all gobbling and chasing each other out in front of us at one time , it was an awesome sight. Once the weather turned hot the birds just about shut down. On one of the pieces of property we hunted there was 2 long birds and 7 jakes that if you made a call to them they would turn and run and I do mean run. It didn't matter if they were 400 yards away, I had never seen anything like it before. We were able to take 2 more birds over the next 3 days. We managed to get a few good ones with the two in the picture have 1 3/8" and 1 1/4" spurs. We decided to leave for N.M. and day earlier since the birds didn't want to cooperate anymore. When we left Texas heading to Raton New Mexico it was in the 90's, but we were greeted by 50 MPH winds and night time lows in the mid 30's at our new hunting spot. Even with the wind we managed to kill 2 birds the first evening. The next morning the weather was great with little or no winds and 36 degrees. I was able to take a bird about 30 minutes after day light and while we were taking pictures of him we heard another bird gobbling about half a mile a way. It's amazing how far sound travels out there. We got my bird tagged and put my gun in the truck and headed off after Eric's second bird. We set up on his bird and waited for him to breed the hens that he had with him. We were just soft calling to him the whole time, but it was enough for him to walk down in our lap. Eric ended this bird's worries with a 3.5" 4x5x7 Nitro. All 4 Merriams had beards about 8" long and spurs 1/2"-3/4". Their spurs were all broke from the rocks, but it didn't appear that they would have been much over 3/4" regardless. These merriams would gobble like crazy even when they had hens with them it was a welcome change from hunting around the house. We had a great trip and could have killed more birds, but we always hunt together rather then going off on our own. This makes the hunt so much more enjoyable when you've got a friend there with you making memories (plus I need all the help I can get).
This is a bird that I killed in livingston Parish right on the Ascension Parish line. I killed him on the opening Saturday of the season this year at about 9:30. After working some birds earlier that morning only to have someone slip in a bump them, I struck this bird while walking a four wheeler trailer at 9:00. He came in to about 35 yards and a 3.5" Nitro 4x5x7 finished things off nicely. It looked like you hit him with a boat paddle when I pulled the trigger. He weighed 17#'s, 8.25" beard, and 1.25" spurs.
My baby girl shot her first deer today, a 160# 7 point. The smile says it all.
Shot on the last day of the Louisiana season.