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John and Rick didn’t rush out into the field for opening day of the Texas spring turkey season like most hunters. They prefer to wait it out a few weeks until the hens begin nesting and the gobblers get thirsty as daytime temps rise. Water sources become a key feature in this strategy and having hunted this property in Sonora, Texas before; the guys knew right where to go.

Their setup included a Muddy Redemption blind tucked 20 yards away from a Flambeau King Strut and Smoky Baby decoy. To direct the tom’s attention away from the blind, they oriented the decoys facing towards their position. More often than not, the gobblers will circle around and come in nose to nose to the dekes, giving the guys an opportunity to draw without getting busted.

Rick’s bird came in with another gobbler. After he ran a Rage from his PSE Decree through the first bird, John tried to take the second one but couldn’t get a clear shot out of the blind. He wouldn’t have to wait long for another opportunity though. Only an hour later another gobbler with inch and a half spurs showed up to pick his last fight. John introduced him with a Rage and both guys were able to notch their tags.

Looking back on the hunt, timing and land features were critical to their success along with previous knowledge of the property. It can be difficult to wait for just the right time, but as you can see in their pictures, it was worth it.

John’s experience in the blind trying to get a clear shot on that second gobbler highlighted a quandary anyone who’s hunted out of a ground blind has faced. There’s a trade off between opening more windows to improve your shooting options and the increased risk from the exposure it offers to the animal you’re hunting. Thankfully he got a second chance on an awesome gobbler and the two ended their day cleaning blood and feathers off their arrows in the soft light of a sinking Texas sun.