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I shot 2 birds with a shotgun - one on May 13th & one on the 14th..one had a 10” beard with 1” spurs, the other had 9.5” beard with 1 1/8” spurs. -Jeff

I decided a week ago to make one more trip to try and kill a couple more gobblers before spring gave way to summer. Lil’ Jon and I headed west to hunt with my good friend Todd Bigbee of Whitetail Properties. Our main goal was to look at a couple farms for the upcoming deer season but try to work in a couple of death certificates for some Rios. The first afternoon we got there we roosted 2 toms with 4 hens and made a game plan to get in tight on them early the next morning. Well its a good thing we roosted these birds because we awoke to 25 mph winds, we were able to slip right in on them in the early morning darkness. They stayed in the tree an extra 45 minutes due to the bad weather but one of the gobblers pitched right down into our setup only to be greeted by a swarm of lead.

First bird down and we decided to go to the exact same spot the next morning looking for the other bird but didn’t hear a gobble. It was a beautiful morning on the prairie but no birds to be found. We went to the other side of the farm and struck up a bird gobbling his brains out, strutting back and forth among the cedars. He was in his strut zone and wouldn’t budge, suddenly a hen came out of nowhere and came running towards us. This worked out perfectly as he started our way in a dead sprint. Contestant number 2 was shortly within striking distance and we made him pay. We were done in Kansas in 2 short morning hunts and had 2 pretty Rios to show for it. Thank the good Lord for Kansas and all of its game! One of my favorite states that keeps providing memories that I will always cherish. -Jeff