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Day two of Rick and Dan’s Texas turkeys hunt had pushed Dan to his limit of “fun” on a hunt.

Knowing your limits is healthy. Dan had been out all day running camera for Rick’s kill the prior morning, then attempting to arrow his own Texas Rio through the afternoon and evening. He was back at it again this morning with Rick behind the camera at the Venado Pescado Ranch.

 The turkeys were plentiful and active first thing on day two, but the gobblers were henned up off the roost. After the initial flurry of morning activity subsided, the hunt went dead. On their way back to the lodge, they saw some gobblers and hens running back and forth across a fence line shared with the neighbor’s property. Quickly, the guys grabbed a shotgun and went to work calling and fanning at those long beards.

They couldn’t get any takers and after a day and a half of pushing hard in the Texas heat, Dan decided he’d had enough and went back to supervise the goings on at the lodge. Rick and Daryl went back in with a ranch shotgun to keep pressing in on those birds.

With Daryl now on camera and Rick with a borrowed shotgun, they began calling and got two gobblers to come strutting down the road. Once they were in range, Rick picked out one bird to pepper and pulled the trigger.

Click.

Nothing.

Misfire. (Should have been shooting a Winchester.)

Rick hurriedly cycled another round into the chamber but the gobblers had eased away.

Rick and Daryl continued their game of cat and mouse and ended up with five hens practically in their laps at eight steps. That Nomad gear in Mossy Oak Breakup Country kept them concealed during an extremely close encounter.

Those hens didn’t spook and three gobblers came strutting in. This time, Rick’s loaner shotgun worked and sent a cloud of Winchester Long Beard XR to drop his bird. Day two and bird two were both in the books.

Life at the lodge was good too that day, thanks to Dan’s willingness to step back from the hunt to enjoy some leisure time. Someone’s got to do it.

As told to Tim Kjellesvik