I Got Lucky
This guy was leading the way along with two other longbeards. I had my decoys set up about 15 yds from my blind. These guys crossed in front of me, in full strut, decoys clearly in sight, but stayed way out of range. They continued at a fast walk, circling behind me. He was quite a bit ahead of the two other toms. As the straggler duo gobbled behind me, my guy appeared from my left, which was blocked by a cactus. He immediately went for my Avian X Jake decoy, but only briefly attacking it before turning his sights on the hen decoy. As he approached the hen, I drew back, released and with nothing but pure luck, hit him in the neck. Or I should say, grazed his neck. He ran off, but didn’t fly, that I thought was odd. The broadhead hit my decoy, passing through, so there was zero sign of blood on the arrow. Nor was there any blood trail. However, as I sat in my blind going over the shot, I heard that familar sound when a bird goes down….wings flapping, not moving in any direction, just staying in the same spot. I couldn’t see him, just hear the flapping. I waited about 20 mins, then grabbed my arrow, and went to the last spot I saw him, then towards where I had heard the sound of the flapping wings. Sure enough, there he lay. My 2nd Rio in a week here in TX. And, my 2nd bird I’ve ever taken with a bow. 9″ beard, 1.25″ spurs.
Thank you Mathews!