I missed!!

Discussion in 'The Hunting & Fishing Forum' started by flannelman, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. :mad:I went out to hunt this morning in the same place I have been hunting all season and I missed. I have never killed a turkey and I'm really still learning how to hunt them. Last week I called in two hens and a jake but didn't a shot at the jake. That was the first time I had ever called anything in. I go back today and use my owl hooter to see if I can locate a bird but they don't want to talk. No big suprise there, they haven't gobbled at an owl since opening morning! I waited to nearly daylight and never heard a bird so I decided to set up low on a ridge just up from a creek bottom. I had heard gobblers here last week so I wanted to set up inbetween where I had been hearing them. I got my decoys out and let things settle down a bit before calling. After the third set of calls I had one gobble so close that it scared me!:eek: I got him to gobble again before I saw him up the ridge from me. He was trailing three hens and they were all moving down the ridge towards me. I called a little more to get them on in and once they saw my docoys they came in on a rope! The group got within a few feet of the decoys before they stopped and started looking real hard. I wasn't sure if they were going to take off so I started looking for a shot at the tom. He was behind a pine tree and I didn't have a shot! Finally he eased out a bit and I was able to take a bead on him. I shot and turkeys flew everywhere! Including the tom. He appeared to be unscathed!:mad: I walked over to my decoys and saw that the pine tree probably took about half of my pattern out so I guess that is why I missed:(. I had a great time calling in those birds though and decided I'd just head on home after looking around a bit just to be sure I did miss. It was a great morning!:D
  2. tim peterson

    tim peterson Member

    Oct 2, 2008
    Hey flannelman that well be a great story in the future. Dont give up, good luck .

  3. TranterUK

    TranterUK Guest

    Thats one lucky bird. You may have winged him.

    I have found sometimes with birds and squirrels its almost easier if they are moving, especially cross ways than if they are still, or almost still. No idea why.
  4. But don't shoot until they get past the wife's bird feeder, Tranter! :eek:;):p
  5. fmacsin1

    fmacsin1 New Member

    Oct 25, 2008
    Moosehead Lake, Maine
    Enjoy your hunt for that turkey! Maybe ol' Ben Franklin was right about the turkey being the national symbol. . .they ARE smarter than they look! Good luck next time! Believe me, they are worth the wait!
  6. It has already become a great story! I had a great time telling my oldest son about it when he got home from school. I did the whole hunt complete with sound effects. I don't think I hurt him at all because of the way he flew off. I did go check in the direction he flew just to be sure though.
  7. catfish83861

    catfish83861 Active Member

    Nov 15, 2006
    North Idaho
    Great story and now you have every reason to go back out into the woods. Dang I hate it when theat happens ;) Good luck and hunt safe. You will get one shortly. catfish
  8. It's especially bad if one of these is chasing you, catfish. :D;):p

  9. 358 winchester

    358 winchester *TFF Admin Staff*

    Apr 25, 2004
    Pensacola Fl. area
    Oh that one isn't going to hurt you he has a chipped tooth and just wants a ride to the dentist !!!
  10. catfish83861

    catfish83861 Active Member

    Nov 15, 2006
    North Idaho
    Hey Ron,Danged good catch there. Heck I didn't notice it until you mentioned it. Must be getting old or something.:confused::D catfish
  11. It's probably just all that SOS and bilge water you consumed in the Navy that's catching up with you, catfish. But then, it could be the moonshine too. :D;):p
  12. catfish83861

    catfish83861 Active Member

    Nov 15, 2006
    North Idaho
    Hey easy on that clear water stuff,might be a "suit" reading this. But if'n ya'all happen to get around hear,might be able to have a good sip of sumpin. Yes I can and often do still talk just the way I was taught or teached.;):D Bob
  13. You guys are just too much! I always get a laugh around here. Looks like rain for the rest of the week, which is the rest of the season so I might not get to go back again this year. There is always next year though.