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 Post subject: Contest entry - How to scout spring turkey, or not
PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2015 5:37 pm 
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So, it's spring 1989, and I'm thrilled to have been drawn for a spring turkey hunt.

It's still a couple weeks before the hunt, so I decide to start doing some scouting. So I get up before light and take my 3 yr. old Son with me. Being an accomplished turkey hunter, I thought, what could be better than showing my Son the ropes, watch Dad, this is how it's done Son. And being that it's not yet hunting season, I decide it would be best to not bring a firearm, as I wouldn't want Game & Fish to think I'm hunting illegally.

So we head on out and stop at a bunch of different spots, I use some calls and location tricks, but the only thing we seem to be calling in are deer, elk, antelope, and even a coyote. Still though, it's been a really exciting morning, and my Son has enjoyed seeing all the different game animals up close and personal too.

So the morning was winding down, no turkey, but I figure I'll try one more spot that has been good in previous springs. We climb a small hill and sit down against a small tree and I begin calling. It wasn't long before we heard something coming through the tree's. I whisper to my Son, here comes some more game, probably deer or something. To my shock and horror, I see a large Sow Black Bear and cub, and they were no more than 40 or 50 yds. away. I resisted the urge to run, as the terrain was rough and all down hill, and I didn't think my Son would be able to make it. So I immediately whispered to my Son to sit still and don't make a single noise. The cub stopped, but the Sow came running straight at us, and when she got within about 3 or 4 feet from us, she suddenly slammed on the brakes, then stood straight up, spun around and mowed down a bunch of oak saplings, cub in tow.

As soon as they were out of sight, I grabbed my boy and headed back to the truck, drove home and changed my under wear. It wasn't long before I realized I had left my calls laying on the ground, I went back out and retrieved my calls, but this I took my SBH 44 mag. with me.

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 Post subject: Re: Contest entry - How to scout spring turkey, or not
PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2015 7:16 pm 
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Great stories BOTH Gamestalker! Do you ALWAYS go to the woods armed now?? ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Contest entry - How to scout spring turkey, or not
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Glad you enjoyed the stories.

Any more, I don't go any where unarmed, I have my reasons that extend beyond just the woods.

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Great story, what was your sons reaction?


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 Post subject: Re: Contest entry - How to scout spring turkey, or not
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Good story -- getting too close to dangerous animals always wakes a guy up.

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 Post subject: Re: Contest entry - How to scout spring turkey, or not
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My Son was amazingly calm. He didn't move or make any noise. He was really very excited to have spent the morning seeing so many animals up close and personal, but I don't think he realized the seriousness or magnitude of the bear encounter, just another cool animal he saw that morning.

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