COMMENTS AFTER THE HUNT:
Sometimes when you release the bowstring things come down differently then intended. This was one of those times.
Before I take the shot I look at the turkeys legs and put my pin above them in the body (where I think the leg joint bones are) and move the pin forward in the body, a little bit. When this gobbler ran away I wasn’t sure of my hit. But when he stopped in 40-50 yards and went down I felt better.
Then the Jakes came out of nowhere and attacked him and also fought the gobbler with him. Soon the battle was over and the Jakes were gone so I went for him. At this point I couldn’t see him any more because of the steep drop off of the hill. When a gobbler goes out of sight it always worries me.
Not to worry, in 40 yards I saw him laying by the fence and made my recovery.
A hunt like this is exactly why I like a broadhead that makes a big cut. And the Grim Reaper Whitetail Special gives me just that. It’s a 3 blade expandable that has a 2-inch cutting width and a cut on contact tip. Most of the time the animal is not perfectly broadside and the angle gives you an even wider cut than 2-inches. It’s a super effective broadhead for wild turkey.
So did I have a bad hit or not?
First, there was a super blood trail on the ground. Turkeys are known for leaving dismal blood trails so seeing all the blood on the ground meant the hit was lethal.
Viewing the wound told the rest of the story. The Grim Reaper crushed one of his leg joints. And the 3 blades made a massive cut into the body. The entrance cut was very wide and the wound channel busted his stomach and intestines open wide. I really think that the attacking Jakes got his adrenaline going and kept him from shutting down sooner.
Grim Reaper did it for me again.
BOWSIGHT – Cobra Python
The bowsight is a Python from Cobra Archery. It was easy to sight in and its fiber optic pins show right up, even inside a blind — that’s so dark inside a deer or wild turkey can’t see you in it. This is the best bowsight I’ve ever used.
AGRI COVER Roll UP Bed Cover
You may have noticed that I do some traveling for Bowhunting.net. A lot of hunting gear is hauled in the bed of my pickups. I’ve owned 3 tonneau covers and the 1st and 3rd were the Access Roll Up Cover. I would still be using number 1 but I sold the truck. Both Access covers were superb in every way. The other, more expensive one, was poorly made, occasionally came loose in at highway speeds and it leaked. A total waste of money. I’m currently using the low profile Tonosport model made for my Ford F150. The directions were easy to follow and I installed it myself. When rolled out it locks in place securely. If I want to open up the bed of my truck I roll it back and use its lock straps to keep it from flapping. It’s rain proof and your stuff doesn’t get wet. The Access is the King of pickup tonneau covers.
Dave Constantine Custom Decoy
In the first picture above, you can see my decoy designed by grand national custom call making champion Dave Constantine. Dave’s eye for realism coupled with his carving skills and knowledge of gobbler postures set him above the others. And his Decoy is every thing I expected it to be. Several Jakes as well as the longbeard I tagged on this hunt were totally fooled by Dave’s decoy. In spite of how realistic it is the decoy is very inexpensive, only $99 at Dakota Decoy Co..
I use binoculars more for wild turkey hunting than for any other game animals. I’m using the Prostaff 7 from Nikon. They are the 10 x 42 model. I like the 10 power because it’s the biggest size I can hand hold. The field of view in these Nikon binoculars is clear, edge to edge. They work great long range in fields and in the thick woods too. Not only are they high quality they are very affordable.
At the ATA Show in January I learned that all living beings constantly produce electromagnetic EMR energy waves. When you are excited you generate more and this energy spike can be picked up by animals and tip them off to your presence, because scientific research proves that game animals can sense changes in their EMR environment. HECS clothing blocks 90% of your EMR. So I ordered a set of the baselayers. It appears to be helping out on the turkey hunts.
My carbon arrows were the V-Force from Victory Arrows. They shoot true and are tough. Their fletching is the Opti Vane from Goat Tuff Products. This vane is perfect for bowhunting. I fletched the arrows myself with the fast, easy to use EZ-Fletch MINI from Arizona EZ Fletch. My release is the smooth shooting Fletch Hook from Fletcher Archery. My bow and arrow rest are from Alpine Archery. It is an accurate, smooth and fast bow. The Alpine Bowquiver can be removed from the bow. After use, the quiver repeatedly fell out of the holding bracket and I had to glue it with Goat Tuff so it wouldn’t fall off anymore. Goat Tuff Glue might be for fletching but I can tell you, if it needs fixing, Goat Tuff Glues stick it. I’ll never have another glue around the house again. The Peep is the Whisper Peep and it has vibration dampening material that makes the bow quieter. I prefer this peep sight.
Needless to say, when I hunt where there are mosquitoes I am never, repeat NEVER without my ThermaCELL. Ture the ThermaCELL unit on with the click of a button and within seconds the bugs are gone.
Beside the HECS pull over baselayer shirt and pants I wore black Cargo pants (with plenty of pockets) and a Long Sleeve T-shirt, both of which I bought at Wal-Mart. Plus I used a black face mask that I made. In the morning when it was frosty I stayed warm and comfortable with the R4 fleece jacket from Patagonia as well as their expedition weight turtleneck. Last year I got tired of getting cold and throwing away my money on cold weather wear that claimed it was warm but was NOT. Patagonia is the real deal. And my black Grim Reaper Broadheads and Bowhunting.net caps topped it off.
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