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Friday, April 27th
Had to drive my daughter and friends to an activity in Guelph after work today , so I took my wifes car ... figured I would throw my new Excalibur Vortex and other related turkey gear in the trunk in case an opportunity arose ...

Dropped off my daughter and headed further North ....It was dull . foggy , with on and off rain ( heavy at times ) ... passing some County Forest area I spotted some birds moveing toward the bush ... I pulled over and got out for a picture ... but they spotted me a moved off in a hurry ...

I drove around the concession and packed my gear in from the other side of the bush ... I was sitting inside my Wigwam Ground Blind when the rain started pouring down .... ( Those blinds are not 100 % water proof in a down pour ! ) ... I done a session of hen ckucks and sat back to wait ... I heard a gobble , but it sounded way off in the distance ..

When the rain broke I noticed some movement in the brush behind me ... I had 2 hens come in and start pecking around the blind ... they were lightly clucking on and off ... I figured great , I got some natural decoys now ... they hadn't spotted the hen decoy out front in the field ... they pecked around for about 10 mins and moved off ... I got a picture of one of them ( ranged at 7 yards )

Next 1/2 hour I hear gobbling and it sounds closer ... but nothing comes in ... I start to pack up my gear at 6:45 pm ... I start walking out along the winter wheat filed I was set up on and when I come over the rise I see these 2 birds ... I hunker down , look at my watch ... it is 7:12 pm , so I get the camera out ...

A thin bearded Jake and a scruffy bearded Tom ... sorry for the poor pictures , in my hurry ( they were gone about 10 seconds after I popped up with the camera ) .. I had the eye piece fogged over , the camera is wet and it looks like I was getting foreground focus instead of the birds ...

I continue on ... a deer crosses in front of me near the road , and a pair of geese protest as I pack up my gear ...

Then to top off my soggy wet evening ... on the way home a passing truck pitches up a stone that cracks the windshield on my wifes car ! ... Well at least I got a chance to spend some time in the field this afternoon ... This turkey hunting is proving to be an expensive adventure !

" Remember , Trophies are measured by the time and energy expended to get them , not the size or quantity of the quarry "

See Ya. R.J.
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