Boss Gobbler Down

What can i feed wild turkeys?

Well it took a while to get this Boss Tom in my sights

Hot weather , bugs, thick foliage in southern Ontario hindered many gobbler hunters this season

It seemed the classic spring Tom mating season happened in March, long before opening day April 25th-2012

I saw lots of Jakes, few hens and numerous loud gobblers in the distance or behind thick foliage during most of the spring hunt.

Decoys were a mixed bag of opportunities. Some days Jakes couldn’t resist them while the Toms still strutted at about fifty yards.

An invite by fellow hunting friend Tom who also happens to be a great guide back up the the Simcoe/Kawartha areas helped me bag a great 24 pound Tom with a 10 inch beard and one inch spurs this week.

We used a Pretty Boy Tom, hen and jake to entice 5 gobblers, 6 jakes and 3 hens across a cow pasture.

They couldn’t resist the movable tail pulled with a string. Subtle calling and real hens that wandered in to check the decoy out sealed the deal on this Tom.

I spotted a huge Tom emerge from the far edge of the wood lot through my Vortex Razors, a bobbing red and white head was all I could see.

A few calls on my GobbleStalker Pot call and a few more call from a diaphragm call had his attention.

He travelled about 800 yards on the run to check out the Pretty Boy movable tail with some live hens we called in minutes before.

Last season I missed a huge Tom at 11 yards and wrote about it in

Ontario Out Of Doors- A Pattern On Turkey

I don’t want to go through that again!

Not This year!

Preparation in patterning the right loads at 10,20,30 40 and 50 yards through an extra full and full choke on my Browning Citori left no doubts in shot placement. Al I had to do was keep my head down and squeeze the trigger.

Peter’s 24 pound Gobbler in spring hunt 2012

 

Check back for the awesome video footage taken by Tom.

Watch this Boss Tom run about 800 yards!

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As an avid lifelong angler and hunter, Peter’s outdoor knowledge and experiences keep expanding through his hundreds of hours of hunting and fishing podcast interviews with like minded experts. He has received numerous national writing awards. With thousands of outdoor pictures on Ripple Outdoors and many full-length articles with outdoor magazine and video clips you might say that he not only enjoys his outdoor lifestyle, but he’s quite the fanatic! In 2015 he earned fifth overall on the King of the Wood Contest hosted by Canada In The Rough team, pretty good for a baby boomer deer hunter. His buck was also one of the top bucks taken that season. Through Peter’s deer hunting seminars or by attending outdoor trade shows, like the Toronto Sportsmen Show and The SWOC Big Buck Show, he has connected with thousands of like minded people that love hunting and fishing. As a volunteer or member of local and national outdoor groups like QDMA, SWOC, Outdoor Writers of Canada, Archery Trade Show Association he continues to learn and hone his craft. Read his many articles, listen to his podcasts and rifle through thousands of photos on Ripple Outdoors. Discover Peter’s latest posts about outdoor gear, destinations, how to articles and interviews and you’ll be a better angler and hunter for the experience.