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Bill and I have been spring turkey hunting with archery tackle for quite a few years now. With very limited free time and children showing interest in the sport we decided to put the bows down and pick up the shotguns. Our goal this year will be to harvest as many birds on video as possible. Bill would hunt first season and I would go second.

Bill was successful on his second morning out with a classic morning hunt, bird gobbling and strutting all the way in. To top it off the video was a smash. Great way to start off the season. Now it's my turn.

My first couple of mornings were uneventful. On the second evening we decided to hunt in a big alfalfa near a known roosting ridge. Knowing from past years that as the season progresses the birds tend to become "decoy shy" Bill and I devised a plan try and take advantage of this. By using the size and shape of the field to our advantage we decided to set the decoys out to the edge of my effective gun range. In doing this we were hoping the birds would favor the edge of the timber to avoid getting too close to the decoys. If they did walk to the decoys they would still be in range. The first two gobblers did exactly as we thought but instead of using our side of the field they hugged the far side. We could here them drumming and gobbling as they worked towards their roost. We felt the evening hunt was all but done and began to pack things up when I glanced back across the field and saw a straggler headed in our direction. As the bird got closer it appeared that he was going to do the same as the others had done. At the last moment he crested the hill and walked directly to the King Strut decoy. Knowing he probably wouldn't stick around long, Bill confirmed he was on him. The gobbler turned and began walking away so I stopped him with a few soft yelps, and took the shot. The celebration began as I stepped off the shot to almost fifty yds.

What a way to start off our 2010 turkey season here in IA. Two birds on the ground two to go for ourselves, plus a few bonus hunts for our kids. I can't wait to see what the rest of the season has in store. Happy hunting.