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May 3: Dave Kramer May

Bill and I decided to go back to bow hunting turkeys this year. As you could see, Bill was successful a week and a half ago on a big Iowa Eastern. For me it's been a real struggle getting a gobbler within bow range of our Dream Season blind and the King Strut decoy. So when the fourth IA season got here, I was (needless to say) more than ready to set down the PSE and try my luck with the shotgun.

Sunday morning, Bill and I were going back in to my favorite turkey roost, King Strut in one hand and my 870 in the other. On the way in, in predawn darkness, one of us stepped on an unseen twig causing a loud snap and eliciting a shock gobble from a bird within a hundred yards. We immediately decided to set up where we were and stuck the lone strutter at twenty yards. As daylight began to break, the gobbling increased as did the yelps from some nearby hens. Finally, when I felt that the gobblers were about to fly down, I let out one soft yelp and here they came.

The first bird lit at thirty yards behind a bush, and I wanted to make sure Bill got a little pre-roll before I took him. When he turned and walked straight away, I started to get a little nervous, but just then a second came gliding down to forty yards and dropped in to strut. I wasn't gonna let this chance slip away. I told Bill to get on the strutter and swung the gun around slowly. When I slipped the safety off, Bill must have heard it because he told me he was on him. At forty yards, the bird looked like he was going to follow his buddy, so I took the shot, and the rest is history. I was pumped to have finally taken my first turkey of 2008. Now It's time to pick back up the bow and see if my luck will continue on bird #2.