Last Friday ,
I stopped by a couple farms I have permission on to see what the turkeys were doing ? ... Didn't see much because many farmers were out in the fields picking rocks , rolling fuel tanks etc .
Which kept the birds in the bush .I did see
a small group of " green heads " as I checked field to field ...Our Butcher's
new dog didn't seem real interested in my turkey scouting and watched from a favorite relax spot by the buggy ...Well , last night
... a storm blew in at the North farms and when Randy and I headed up there this morning for our 2012 Ontario turkey season opener , we were surprized to see how much snow stayed !The snow was good for us though ,
because it gave us a chance to see where the birds had travelled last to roost ... I was in a Blind at the " River Flats " and Randy set up two fields North of me in a fence row overlooking the "Sugar Shack" bush ( a bush I have taken some good birds from over the years ) .I watched
the sun come up and had 5 different gobblers making noise at the South East ridge ... Man it was beautifull music and I was thinking It wouldn't be long before I bowled over a beauty opening day Tom ! ... I never happend for me though ... One lone hen walked by at 10 yards , and I saw three deer , but all the gobblers flew down and headed further East with a larger group of hens ...Meanwhile ,
Randy text's me and says he is having similar action ( multiple gobblers sounding off on roost ) ... Then I get a message saying ( Big Tom walking across the field ! ) ... Not long after I hear a single shot ! " bang " , followed by a quick text, confirming the tom was down ! ..... Sweeeet it's only 6:28 am !Here are a few pictures from Randy's location ...
Nice Tom ... taken at approx 35 yards with a tight group of 3 inch # 4 shot laucnhed from Randy's Remington 870 with extra full turkey choke .Later confirmed
weight as 22lbs , 10 1/2 " beard , Spurs at 1 1/4 , and 1 3/8 ... an awsome opening day Tom ! Congrat's Randy !We pack up at that farm ...
check a few other farms to get me on a bird , but no action ... We had breakfast and I drop Randy off for home .I eventually
make my way South to a farm that I can only bow hunt on ... I spotted a nice Tom skirting the fenceline into the bush , like this one ... ( The weather is totally different at this Southern Location , the sun is out , there is no snow ... I've gone from Insulated Coveralls to a regular Jacket and Vest now ! )I set up deep
in the bush in an area that had some intermittent openings ... I settled in for a long wait ! Hen calling approx every 20 mins ... I heard a gobble that sounded about 100 yards to my East , but then nothing ? ... Seemed like forever , and I was starting to drift off in the warm sun ,...then I hear some rustling and branch snap to my left ... I freeze ... my heart is pounding as a nice Tom walks towards an opening @ approx 20 yards .. he snuck in without even a gobble ! ... as he goes behind a small tree I get lucky as he pecks the ground with his head facing away from me ... I had my Relayer resting on a horizontal branch so the movement up to shoulder was minimal ... before the Tom can turn his head my way I send an XX75 / Interlock broadhead combo thru him broadside ! ... The shot looked high , and he blows out of there like his feathers are on fire , but with an obvious left wing defect ! ( I'm sure I have a right thru left side pass thru ! )I try to calm down
... send Randy a text .. It's 2:56 pm ! ... I walk over to the point of impact > nothing but some turned up ground and a few feathers where the Tom was last standing ... I cant find my arrow yet ... I walk back and take a few pictures of my set up while I give the bird 20mins or so before I follow-up .I was sitting here
with my back against this tree , and my Relayer resting on the branch in front .Over looking this cover ...
( an area with a game trail crossing left to right )After 25 mins ,
I walk slow and find a small bit of blood approx 30 yards into his escape route ...Yeah Baby !
... I find him approx 50 yards further ! ... I'm stoked ! ... It took some cleaning up , but I get a few " last resting place " pictures in the bush !I walk back
toward my set up and find my arrow on the way ... Then take one picture of my Y25 Relayer ... another job well done !Oh , and after monkeying around
with the new tie on tag , I get a one picture of his spurs ... Yep , even RJ takes blurry pictures occationally ! I weigh him at 19lbs , 8 inch beard , and a set of 1 inch spurs
... Excalibur Y25 Relayer # 100 , Easton XX75 Aluminum arrow / 125 Grain Interlock Broadhead , Boo Custom string , Top Load Munch Quiver mount .Man what a day we had ! ... We experience Winter , then Summer weather .. and took two nice opening day Toms approx 8 1/2 hrs and approx 50 KM's or more apart from each other ! ... A day we won't soon forget ! .... Fun game eh !