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April 14: Jeff Lindsey

Skull Busted!!!

The Iowa spring has finally and thankfully sprung! After one of the harshest winters I have ever seen, the warm weather got here in a hurry once Easter came and gone and for that I was thankful. The only downside to summer like weather was it kept the big toms and their hens in the timber most of the day soaking up the shade, a tough situation when your set up in the fields they frequent to strut in waiting for them to come visit your bow blind. Lil Jon and Bobby were in town, had shot their birds the days before and they were toughing it out with me and the stick and string but on the 4th day of the season I told them we are leaving the blind at home and doing what I love best when chasing turkeys, “Run-N-Gun”. I swapped my PSE for my shotgun and somebody was about to get SKULL BUSTED!

We roosted a big flock of gobblers and their hens the night before on the edge of big, winding creek near some pretty hardwoods and decided to get in there early to be able to position ourselves in a spot on the ridge that was open enough to lay it down on film with 2 cameras running. Well we knew they were going to be fired up with the clear skies and boy were they ever! It was one of the best mornings I have ever had in the timber for an audio display of gobbling action, we needed earplugs! Soon as they hit the ground, I let them know where we were at and one of them was headed our way fast. He crested the ridge , looked at our decoys and politely walked back down the ridge, not the way it was supposed to happen but lucky for us, there were 3 more birds tearing it up but they ended up hanging up with some hens. We moved up the ridge 50 yards and I told Lil Jon to try his slate call, 2 minutes later they were spitting and drumming within gun range with the sun rising behind them and this time I didn’t give the lead bird a chance to walk off. We were pumped and it was a morning the 3 of us will never forget and boy was it fun!