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Story Told by Eric Grover:

This was a great turkey hunt with my son, Kyle. Kyle drew a tag in Wisconsin for the first week of a six-week Spring turkey season. We would only have one day to hunt because Kyle is an intern at the local fire department and could only get one day off. I asked Joe Eugster to join us and have two cameras running.


I woke Kyle at 4:00 a.m. and we prepared ourselves for the morning hunt. The three of us made our way to our first set-up. By 5:30 a.m., things started to light up – The gobblers were gobbling on roost and getting ready for the fly-down. It was a typical fly-down and the sound of the hens calling told us one thing: we would most likely be waiting until late morning to see any mature Toms. These Toms were all henned up and weren’t ready to cooperate. It was close to 9:00 a.m. and we thought we had a Tom closing the gap. Wouldn’t you know it, the first bird over the knoll was a hen. She didn’t seem to care much for our decoys and moseyed off. It was at this time that Joe decided that it was time for him to sneak away and head off to work. As he started to sneak away, the gobbler crested the knoll and we were busted. Kyle and I then decided it was time for us to have breakfast. We headed in for a bite thinking we would be back by 11:00 a.m. for a late morning hunt. We did just that and we were back in the woods by 11:00 a.m. We decided to set up just 75 yards off a biologic food plot. We made one call and had a gobbler respond. We hurried and set up decoys (King Strut and couple hens). I started calling with my slate Mad Call and could tell he was on this way. I could see the Tom closing the gap at 60 yards and told Kyle to get ready. A beautiful full strut Tom came into view and challenged the King Strut decoy. Kyle was patient and as the Tom went out of strut, Kyle laid the hammer down. The Tom went down and I turned the camera on my son for his reaction! Wow! What a great hunt. Congratulations to my son Kyle. There is nothing better than sharing time together in the woods.