PSR Wins Again - Old Vet

After getting soaked Tuesday in a cold rain, I ventured out again this morning for another try. Beautiful sunrise with about half clear and half clouds. There were three birds gobbling scattered in the creek below. Right after the sun came up, 10 deer browsed their way into the hay field. They were scattered from the bottom to within 20 yards of my blind. About 7:15, I called softly. I hadn't heard a gobble since the birds hit the ground. A Jake came from behind me, and went right to the decoy. A few minutes later, a Tom popped out about 90 yards down the field. He immediately went into full strut and started toward the decoy and the Jake. I was concerned about the deer, but he just strutted right through them. About half way in he stopped and gobbled, then came straight in. He popped into full strut and circled the decoy. When he moved between the decoy and the blind, he was facing straight away at 6 yards. As I drew the bow, spun around in full strut, bright red waddles catching my full attention. The PSRV centered the 2213 with the Delta right in the waaddles. He straightened his wings, tried to run and fell forward. 21 pounds, 1" spurs, and a 10" beard. I have definately been blessed with an unreal turkey season this year.

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MBates
May 1st, 2014 12:05:49pm

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Way to go dad ! You are making it hard for me to stay employed. That's going to be a hard act to follow but I'll give it a shot.

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Buckshotap
May 1st, 2014 01:05:06pm

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Old Vets aren't lucky. They are skilled!! All the big mature birds I've been chasing come in just out of range & hang up. Lots of gobbling & display but they won't come close. Had one stand in one spot for 3 hours doing his thing. Would bed down & then get back up when I would call. I was wishing for an M-69 grenade launcher like I fired in the Army. They are all wanting the hens to come to them no matter what I guess. All have been without hens until Yesterday when I saw one with one hen. All my hunting is run & gun in heavy timber. I had decoys out on the 3 hr. bird but he didn't see them. Very frustrating!!

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Old Vet
May 1st, 2014 06:05:59pm

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Allen, There was definately a lot of luck in how well both birds worked the decoy and how close they came. I have had years like what you are describing. This one makes up for those grenade launcher years. I'm still amazed at how that Tom this morning just plowed through the deer. I was sure they would spook him or make hime go wide.

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Buckshotap
May 1st, 2014 07:05:21pm

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Ok, I can buy lucky & skilled. But, I lean toward skilled as your set up was apparently very good. Right spot, right decoys, right call, right bow, right shot! Anyways you done good.

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Toby @ BW
May 3rd, 2014 10:05:09am

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Way to go James! That PSR is a perfect turkey blind rig. Hoping to try my luck tomorrow.

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Old Vet
May 3rd, 2014 10:05:15am

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Thanks Toby. Good luck tomorrow. You're right about PSRs, this one has become my favorite bow. Light in the hand and naturally points where you look. All the shooting qualities of a well made longbow, except more compact. The grip has just enough dish for consistant hand placement no matter what the angle of the shot.
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