When the turkey woods are slow and quiet, it’s tempting to get up and move to another location. Louie committed to his spot and it paid off in a big way.
For years it was his honey hole. His standby. The Old Faithful of turkey hunting spots…until a logging company came in and cleared out half the trees. The birds scattered with some going to neighboring farms, completely changing the dynamics of how it hunted.
Day three of Kentucky’s spring turkey season found Louie adapting to the new realities of his lease. He had moved his Muddy Hay Bale blind from its original location at the Honey Hole in the hopes of getting on the displaced birds. The Reconyx cameras weren’t showing much action.
Before daylight, he had set out his three Avian-X decoys along with his two stuffer decoys Rocky and Dolly. A damp blanket of fog lay across the property, quieting any gobbling that would have come from the roost.
Around noon, a long beard fired up and came into the field with a hen. The hen made her way into the decoy spread and began inspecting and mingling while her guy stayed out at 40 yards. No shot.
The day progressed on quietly with intermittent rain showers. At the tail end of one bout of rain in the afternoon, a big gobbler entered the field. His eyes locked on the decoys as he marched towards them for a fight. Once he got into the middle of the mix of dekes, he blew up circling Rocky. Louie waited until the tom got behind Rocky’s tail fan to draw back on his PSE Evolve.
At 15 yards, Louie settled his top pin on the bird’s vitals and sent a Rage Extreme zipping clean through and out the other side. The tom fell over in its tracks. After a long day of damp silence and few sightings, Louie’s plan to sit it out paid off!
As told to Tim Kjellesvik.