Flintlock Gobbler

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Darkhorse

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I left the house with plenty of time before daybreak, and there I was just driving in the dark, thinking about the hunt ahead when it ocurred to me I had left my turkey vest at home. I had made about 20 miles of a 25 mile trip but there was nothing to be done but turn around and go back home. So I finally got to my spot a little after 7 AM. I had heard nothing on the walk in so I settled in and got my stuff in order while the woods quieted down.
Over the years I had discovered a spot of higher ground where my calls carried a long way and I have a permanent blind here. Should of killed one here last year but I got impatient and he spotted my gun barrel moving and he was gone.
I have a routine here. First I let out a cluck or two just to see if one is close. Then using a box call that carries a long way I let out a series of yelps. Loud yelps, then I listen. After awhile I do it all over again. So that's what I was doing when I thought I heard a gobble right at the edge of my hearing. A few minutes later I heard it again, clearer, closer, he was coming. At this point I add some long distance yelps with a tube call. So I did and he gobbled right back. For this stage, the middle stage I call it, I use both the box and the tube and it seems to really fire them up. In the final stage I use a slate because I can control the volume better. He circled my hen decoy out of sight and suddenly gobbled to my left, he was close. This had taken an hour and a half.
I couldn't see him but I could hear him. He was gobbling and waiting for the hen to come to him. Now I could see him about 70 yards away strutting in a small area until finally he came on in. Over half an hour had gone by now when he went into a full strut and stayed that way. He looked huge. My target is the wing butt with this .40 caliber and I don't like to shoot one in full strut if I can help it. He came to the hen then made a circle around the decoy still in full strut so I made the best shot I could and he was DRT, and I mean Dead right there.
It was 21 steps to where I shot him.
He weighed 22 pounds with a 9 3/4" beard.

 
That's about 10 notches above awesome!!!
Congratulations and thanks for sharing!!!
 
Doesn't get much better than that!
 

GAHUNTER60

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Dang it! I wanted to be the first one on here to get a gobbler with a muzzleloader this season.

Mucho congratulations, dude. That is awesome!
 

dtala

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very cool
I have killed a dozen er so with a black powder shotgun, but I really want to kill one with a black powder rifle.

congrats!!!!
 
Unfortunately, that would be majorly illegal here in NC. I would love to try it.
 
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Darkhorse

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Thanks everybody. I want to take one in the head with my flintlock, my rifle can make the shot, I can make the shot. but that's only 2 parts of the equation. When you call a bird in from that far away, and spend 2 or more hours on him, and he just happens to be a huge bird. The actual shot is more nerve wracking than shooting in the back yard.
There cannot be a more perfect situation than I had that morning. Almost breathless I watched that head for about 10 minutes. He was right in my lap. The head was blue and I could look right into his eye....and I chickened out.
I guess I just like turkey meat too much to take such a risky shot.
 
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Darkhorse

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Yes.
 
Nice! Beautiful picture and gun.
 

bfriendly

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Wow! Now that’s a story worth publishing.....thanks for Taking us with you!:cheers:
 
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