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May 11: Kasey Morgan

Kasey set an appointment on his calendar for this long beard and the bird was right on time…literally.

All of us know the drill; we can’t wait to get out to hunt, but work, family and other obligations allow for precious little time in the field, let alone scouting beforehand. Kasey is no different, so when it came to notching his week four Wisconsin spring turkey tag, he leaned on his Reconyx trail cams to get dialed in on the birds.

Since the two blocks of timber where the flock had been roosting were so tight, he let his trail cams soak until two nights before the hunt. The images told the story of a flock of birds that routinely made their way past his Muddy blind on the way to a strutting zone. More importantly, they were almost always there at 6:45 am.

Kasey and Greg hiked out to the blind under the cover of darkness and set an Avian-X Hen where one path to the strutting zone dumped into the field and an Avian-X Half Strut Jake and Lay Down Hen where a second path entered the field. Any way the birds came, they were bound to catch sight of the decoys.

At 6:00 am the birds pitched down and right away the toms were responsive to Kasey’s calling, but unwilling to close the 125 yards since they were already with hens. Knowing the birds came through at 6:45 am, at 6:30 am Kasey told Greg, “Well, they’ve got 15 minutes before they die.” Once the hens got curious about the calling and decoys, the gobblers were on their way.

Right on schedule, at 6:45 am, walking within feet of the blind, the toms made their way to the jake and promptly beat him up. After they were satisfied with that show of force, they made their way to the hen. When one long beard stepped away from the others, Kasey shouldered his Winchester SX3 and dropped the bird at 25 yards with the Long Beard ammo.

There are text book turkey hunts, and then there’s this hunt…timed down to the minute thanks to remote scouting with the Reconyx trail cams.

As told to Tim Kjellesvik