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First bird of the year is on the ground and man, what a hunt! I always enjoy getting to ring in the turkey spring in Georgia and getting to hear my first true gobble of the year. This year I had numerous Reconyx pictures of 3 longbeards in a Biologic food plot on a very predictable schedule, however, the day before season, they disappeared. The game plan was to still hunt near that field on opening morning and see if we could locate them. It turns out they weren’t far away and we called the birds all the way to the edge of the field but they couldn’t see our King Strut decoy and wouldn’t commit. The next morning we tried them again but didn’t even hear them gobble. We changed farms and hunted some other birds the next day and decided Thursday morning the weather would be perfect to try those same 3 birds again.

Daylight found us set up on the edge of that same food plot and the hardwoods were literally thundering with gobbles, unlike anything I had ever heard in the South. The scenario turned all too familiar when the same 3 birds hung up again in the tree line but this time the 5 jakes that were gobbling decided to check out our decoys. After the jakes had been in the field for about an hour, 2 hens flew down and the gobbler parade started, the 5 jakes headed our way followed by 5 more gobblers right into our setup. I had a hard time picking out a shot with the birds so jumbled together but after a tense couple minutes I busted the beak on one of the old ones! Bird down and the best feeling of spring is to get your hands around the feet of the season’s first turkey! Safe hunting and God speed! - Jeff