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Eric draws a Wisconsin Turkey tag for Wisconsin's first season. His hunt starts on April 16th, so Eric does his homework. On April 14th, he heads out to the farm to see the birds go to roost. He was pleasantly surprised to watch at least 70 birds roost that evening. Eric makes a game plan with Joe to set up the Ameristep blind in a small thicket in the middle of an open bean field around 100 yards from where the birds are roosted.

Opening morning brought 30-35 mph winds. It was a challenge to keep the decoys standing. That first morning was exceptional. Over 15 mature Toms displayed themselves within 50-100 yards of our decoys. The winds were so strong it seemed to want to blow the birds off the field. Joe and I decide to call it a morning and make a game plan for day two. We decided to place the blind on the opposite side of our decoys knowing the birds would be back the next morning.

Day two brought calm winds and gobbling like we have never heard. It was a continuous song for a half hour before they flew off roost. The birds were slow coming to the decoys. They had hens with them, and we knew it would be just a matter of time. Eric decides to get aggressive with the slate call with a large group of birds in the field. This really seemed to work. A few Toms decided to run several Jakes off the field, and in doing so, the Toms ran right to our decoys. It happened quick, and Eric made a great shot. Eric gets pretty excited and doesn't give the bird a lot of time. The bird runs off about 10 yards, and he is down. It was time for the Jakes to get back at the Tom. They came running over and for several minutes beat up the Tom that was down. Another great bow hunt. Eric and Joe are looking forward to getting out with Joe's tag on week four.