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Chad Kilmer is enjoying his tenth year as a turkey guide for Drury Outdoors this Missouri season. As is usually the case, Chad spends more time during the season taking others hunting rather than hunting himself. However, the early success in the Drury Camp has most tags filled, and now Chad is up to bat!

The early morning roost set-up produced little more than a few distant gobbles…strike one. A later mid-morning strategic move put Chad between a nice gobbler and two hens. Chad’s calling sequences were met with positive gobbling responses by the Tom. This routine eventually brought the bird into view. Although he continued to gobble, the closest this longbeard came to Chad's position was 60 yards but no closer…strike two!

The deadline for Missouri’s daily cut-off time of 1:00 p.m. was fast approaching, and Chad needed a change of luck. So he decided to drive from hunting spot to hunting spot and see if he couldn’t glass a prospect to pursue. Chad finally glassed a nice longbeard with two hens. After studying the gobbler for a short period to determine his next move, the single gobbler turned into three strutting Toms! Chad quickly decided to move in a direct line for the Toms. Using the terrain to stay out of sight, Chad moved to within viewing range of where the birds had been. Nothing! Moving slowly forward and calling helped to solve the mystery of where the birds were located. They had moved into a nearby woodlot and were within 80 yards! A quick set-up and a few calling sequences later had one of the three gobblers strutting into range; just 15 yards of Chad’s position. Chad, not wanting to return to camp without a bird, made sure that this was not strike three! A perfect shot landed Chad his heaviest turkey to date…a hefty 28 lbs!