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April 11: Jeff Lindsey

The 2011 IA Turkey Season started off just like the last two. I was in a blind with my PSE in hand waiting on a mature gobbler to come in to our decoy setup. However, this year I convinced myself to buy the bow only tag. This meant that unlike the last two years, I was going to have to stick with the primitive weapon for more than a couple hours. Anyone who has ever hunted with me knows this definitely tries my patience. I prefer the run-n-gun method but with the bow that can be real tough. Lil’ Jon and I had roosted a big tom with one hen the night before on the edge of our alfalfa field. We knew come morning the hen was probably going to leave him after the first hour or so. We went in about midnight and set our blind as close to him as we felt comfortable and decided to return before daylight in the morning.

At daylight we heard our bird and he was the closet one to us, but after fly-down it sounded like he wasn’t budging. We watched 4 hens and 2 longbeards enter our field but just kept walking through and paid no attention to our King Strut or our sweet hen talk. About 7:45 our bird entered the field and immediately noticed our setup and made the death march 200 yards across the alfalfa field to within 7 yards of our blind. It was a thing of beauty and to have a big bird that close is too much fun. I let loose on the rage and he flopped 2 times and was done. My bow tag was filled and I got the bow gobbler monkey off my back! -jeff