I’ve been swamped at the bow shop and decided to go try my luck at turkey hunting this weekend. I have never done it before and we don’t have many near western Kansas. I traveled to eastern KS to chase some gobblers around.
I will tell you that you better be in shape to spot and stalk these dudes around. Luckily I had a contact that was willing to show me the ropes and teach me how to call and read these silly things.
Got set up at 5 am on a 500′ hill that rises above the entire property. As soon as the sun broke the noise from the woods was amazing. It was a first time experience for me and I must say it was a day that I will remember forever.
Found a group of 3 jakes and 1 small tom. (At least I think he is a Tom) I am a rookie at Turkey hunting so please take it easy if my terminology isn’t correct. They were about 500 yards in front of us down the hill in a corn stalk field. It seemed like they were milling around and slowly working in our general vicinitydirection. About 500′ down the hill and 200 yards in front of us was a huge brush pile that the landowner had pushed up to clear room for crops. It had a massive oak piled up right on top of the pile. I knew if we could get there before they crossed that point I could ambush them.
After some serious sprinting down the back side of the hill and then belly crawling to get to that spot I was hoping to poke my head over the pile and see them about 100 yds out to give me time to get situated and range a few spots.
We made it in about 15-20 minutes I would imagine. I really lost track of time. Got a huge burst of adrenaline.
As I peeked over the large tree I couldn’t believe it. I estimated were around 40 yds out and kind of acting alert.
I popped back down and drew the bow back while sitting semi horizontal. My experienced buddy was right behind me and was able to get a good range on the birds.
“35 yds” he whispered, follwed by ” you better shoot soon, they know something is up”.
I poked over the tree and put the spot between my 35 and 4o yd pin right at the base of his neck and let it fly…
A loud pop as the arrow sailed right through the spot I was aiming..The bird dropped just like the rug was pulled out from under him. Didn’t really flop too much at all.
The broadhead did the trick. I can proudly say that I have gotten to harvest a turkey now and it was a Spot and stalk!
Here is a photo taken at sunrise at the top of the hill.
And here is the Shot of the Turkey! Not the biggest bird in the woods, but I am satisfied!
This is the first blood for the Limited Edition Creed.Owner of Darkside Archery. Southwest Kansas' newest Mathews/Mission retailer.
Location: In the evening shadow of oona-pa'isAn archery bird without a blind is a whole different ball game! Congrats on the Jake!
Sent from my clay tablet and papyrus reed using TapatalkSpot and stalk Turkey is no easy task, congrats on making it happen.
Location: OregonNow thats how its done….
well done young man!
Nice bird and a great story.
Never worry about it being the biggest bird on the mountain….they all eat the same. A trukey with a bow especially the way you got your = Priceless.
Location: Upstate NYYou done good. Real good. Congratulations.
Location: MissouriDavidCongrats on your spring turkey! And thanks for sharing your story.
Joined: 1/6/2009Very cool. That’s a bird to be proud of!
I’ve killed probably 50 turkey with a bow but only 2 spot and stalk.
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