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It was the evening before opening day, and Coon Dog and I went to try and roost some birds for the next morning. Coon Dog was owl hooting and using the M.A.D. Howler and had 4 gobblers fired up and gobbling thier heads off before going to bed. We definitely knew where we would be in the morning!

Opening morning was cool and crisp, but the birds were gobbling good. We had them gobbling for about an hour and a half. We had the new decoy out, the King Strut, with a hen as well. We knew if one of the birds would just come in and make eye contact with the decoys that they would come into range.

When the tom saw the decoy, it was on! He came in strutting and pounced on the King Strut decoy not once, but twice! When he knew something was not right and started off, Coon Dog gave me the green light to take him, and I did! It was the first time that Coon Dog and I turkey hunted together, and it was a blast! In 2001, I filmed Coon Dog harvest two mature does on film, and he returned the favor on this hunt, filming me take a good bird. Coon Dog did not draw a tag for the IL season, but he was good enough to come up and film me on this hunt, and I truly thank him for that. I seen one thing on this hunt and that is the King Strut decoy works, and there will be a lot of birds dying this year using this decoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!