On Friday, May 6, 2011 I had the best turkey hunt of the year! It was so much fun that I would do it again in a heart beat! I went up to Woodward, OK to see my family and took two of my nephews; Caleb and Grady, out on their very first turkey hunt! We set up a ground blind next to an old evergreen tree that has been there as long as I can remember. We got all settled in and got ready to turn the camera on when I realized that I forgot the camera battery! So, I sent Caleb back to the car to get the battery for me. As soon as he left a young hen came strolling by at 15 yards. It was so neat to see the look on Grady’s face to have a turkey that close. Well, she meandered on and as soon as she was out of sight, Caleb came back. We sat in that blind the next few hours laughing, passing gas…I mean turkey calling, giving each other a hard time, telling stories, and just plain having a good time!
About and hour and a half before the hunt time was over we had a group of hens come in. I was hoping they would drag an old tom in with them, but just as soon as they were getting close one of the horses in the field came and ran them off! I was so mad! I never wanted to “dispose” of a horse so bad in my life! After that we let things settle down again before calling. As soon as they settled down I began my next calling sequence and an old gobbler sounded off! I kept yelping back to him and he was gobbling his ever-loving head off! My nephews’ eyes light up when they heard the sound of that thundering bird! He was coming closer and closer with every call. He came up to a point and then he stopped. I went silent hoping that he would get worried and come on in to check it out. I waited. Nothing. I called again and he gobbled again a ways off. So, I began to aggressively call to him again and brought him back…until he once more hung up! The sun was fading fast and we didn’t have much more time. My nephews by this time were standing up and gazing out the window of the blind not wanting to miss the moment that they would first see that old tom. But before we could seal the deal on that northwest Oklahoma thunder chicken that lucky sucker went to the roost and the sun had settled below the horizon. The 2011 Oklahoma Spring turkey season had come to a close. And all I can say is that it was the best way that I could imagine closing a season…with my family!
P.S. They had so much fun that night in the turkey blind that they wanted me to go stay the night with them at their house!