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April 14: Bobby Goodine & Jeff Lindsey

Iowa’s opener started off par for the course for springtime in the midwest.....raining. Me and bobby decided we weren't going to fight mother nature with our camera gear until the next morning so we just located some birds to hunt and got ready for the sunshine!

We started off in a blind with my PSE in hand waiting on a big bird we had seen in a bean field the morning before, after waiting a couple hours for the no-show we couldn’t sit in a blind any longer, its just not our style. Bobby grabbed the gun, gave me the camera and we went looking for a strutter. One of the first fields we went to we found not 1, but a whole flock of strutters, so we decided to circle around them and get the King Strut out there for them to see and maybe talk one of them into looking for a fight.

Our first setup was no good so we moved to a higher point in the field so we could see them and they were still in their strut zone. I crawled “Jr” out so they could get a visual on him and I seen them start heading our way. Two minutes passed and they were in our laps, Bobby dropped the biggest bird at 15 steps and we ran the other two toms off before they spurred and pecked his bird to pieces. On the way out to do Bobby's recovery he hit the deck saying there were 3 more strutters in the field and it looked like they were heading our way. I had all intentions of shooting a Iowa gobbler with my PSE this spring but it was in my truck and the shotgun was still loaded, I couldn’t resist, I ended up shooting my bird at 10 steps laying on my belly as he attacked “Jr” and the other 2 stayed around after the shot to establish some dominance over their 2 dead brothers! It was the best show I had ever had in the spring turkey woods and we were able to pull off a double with 1 gun! - Jeff