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April 15: Ashley Payne

With rain in the forecast I didn’t know if we were going to be able to hunt, but with a light drizzle we went anyway with Ashley & Melissa with a gun hoping that maybe a double would come in.

Well after a few jakes and a very wet wait we had two gobblers come in the field and one of them went across the field in the woods and the other one stayed in the field strutting.  I began to work on getting him in closer for Ashley to take a shot but he hung up about 60 yards away and would not commit to the decoys.  We had Dixie and Rocky out but he still would not come to them so after about 30 minutes of working on him he still would not come so I began turning Rocky back and forth. He still would not come in so I turned Rocky away and gobbled and he did not like that at all so after 3 times of gobbling he is on his way to fight Rocky with the Rocky Cam filming him all the way in!!

When he gets about 8 or 10 feet from Rocky I told Ashley to shoot him, but she couldn’t get him in the scope so now he is right beside Rocky and jumps up and spurs him 2 or 3 times.  On the way down and turns Rocky over and it kind of spooked him a little, but by that time Ashley found him in the scope and the TC barked and a nice 3 year old bit the dust.
Louie Payne