Our surroundings changed. A few new hens and gobblers walked into our immediate area. Some from our right and some from the left. Of course, Kent Daddy had his almost 360 degree vision keeping track of where the action was.

The big longbeard picked up his pace to intercept two hens that were hurrying by.

The hen in the lead got by him and Kent Daddy zipped around a big tree, stepping it out in an effort to cut off the next hen.

It worked and he slammed his wing feathers into the ground and blew up in a full strut.

But the hen wasn’t alone. A Jake was on hen’s tail and putting the pressure on her.

Kent Daddy sped up and then zipped in sideways and cut the Jake off. The hen couldn’t take the pressure and flapped her wings and jumped forward.

And took to the air to escape the attention of Kent Daddy and the Jake.

The Jake hurried past Kent Daddy.

Now a few hens came on the scene from the left. Kent Daddy didn’t pay them any attention and he kept going.

Kent Daddy went right to the Strutter with the big fan and short beard and side stepped himself into the other gobbler.

And moved the big fan at least a yard.

A Jake and some more hens came right to the two big gobblers. It is important to note that these wild turkeys are now within bow range.

In my side vision I saw Fred draw his Alpine Fireball to full draw. The turkeys were moving around and Fred didn’t have a clear shot yet.

As a hen approached both Big Fan and Kent Daddy went toward her. They were too clumped up for a good shot.

For an instant Kent Daddy stopped and looked around. For the first time he was in the clear. I didn’t look at him but I knew Fred would be shooting now.

Fred’s arrow hit and stuck in the dirt behind the Kent Daddy gobbler … without him realizing he had been shot at. (You can see the arrow in the bottom right of the picture.)

An instant after the arrow hit Kent Daddy decided to get outta Dodge. Again, you can see the arrow and the dust it is creating in the bottom right.

And Kent Daddy and every other wild turkey around us left the area.

Fred’s shot was low, Kent Daddy was untouched. A disappointment for sure. But we saw some unforgettable action this morning in the wild turkey woods in West Texas. I called Sky Watkins and he drove over and got us. We ate another excellent lunch and got ready for our afternoon hunt.

NOTE: Fred Lutger and I are the guests of Big Johnson Outfitters near Snyder, Texas. Big Johnson Outfitters offers bowhunts and rifle hunts for wild turkey and wild hogs. And they have trophy buck hunts as well as management buck hunts. For Information Contact: Big Johnson Outfitters at 903-388-5218 or bigjohnsonourfitters@gmail.com. Their web site is at www.BigJohnsonOutfitters.com.

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