Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Bagged My First Bird

On Easter we went to my parents house in the afternoon. While watching the boys playing outside I heard a turkey gobble a couple times. So, I ran inside and told my dad, changed clothes, and off we went. I had brought my stuff along just in case, but this was my first time turkey hunting so I enlisted my dad as my caller. We made our way down near it, and called for nearly an hour with limited response. We finally decided that it wasn't going to move, and walked up the logging road to see if we could find any activity. Shortly thereafter we walked up on 5 birds, 4 of which spooked when they saw us. Unfortunately for the brave one, he is now going to be dinner.

I feel a little disappointed however, because I did not call the bird in. They say that is an adrenaline rush, so I may have to give it another try soon. In the meantime "there are fish in them thar hills and cricks", and I plan on catching some.

Below are some pics:
18 pounds

Bright Red Headed Gobbler

Look at those colors!

10-1/2 inch beard

3/4" Spurs

Now it is time to get some revenge on some Clinch rainbows. Bring it on!


David Knapp said...

Nice bird Travis! Those feathers should keep you tying Tellicos for a few years at least...

Travis said...

Thanks David. I have so many turkey feathers coming out my ears from ones my dad has killed previous years, that I didn't even keep any from this one.

Clinch is starting to heat up man, I am heading that way in two hours. So, I hope to have another report. Give me a shout sometime soon if you want to give it a try.

David Knapp said...

Travis, If you ever have extra feathers don't want, I would be glad to take them off your hands. Don't bother with skins, just pluck or cut off whatever feathers are nice...I'll be glad to tie you up some flies with them for your trouble...

19" Clinch River Brown