JW! the clock is ticking!

Old 05-22-2012, 10:40 AM
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Ok JW!, as agreed to today, you asked for me to give you until Thursday, May 31st to tell the whole story. As warned, if you don't, I tell my version of the story. Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock, my friend.

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Old 05-29-2012, 06:58 PM
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I missed - a very nice turkey and on that day which was my 62nd birthday I not only missed once - I missed 2 birds.......Benelli Super Black Eagle with open sights for sale!

4/23 - On my bucket list is to call in a pair of mature toms and me and a partner each shoot one. Has been a dream of mine for quite a few years. I have gotten close several times.
Well on 4/23/2012 I was 62 and it was my birthday and my youngest daughter was hunting with me. I had patterned several pairs of toms and choose this field setting.The birds reacted as planned although they came in at an angle not anticipated. And I got them within 30 yards. 3 very nice Toms. My daughter had my 11-87 with the Nikon Monarch Turkey Pro scope and I was using my Black Eagle with the open sights. I had spent some time shooting this gun again just as I can't see open sight good as I once was able to. Well I coaxed these 3 birds in. Could not ask for a better target. I took the one on the right and my daughter had the one on the left. At the count of 3 we shot. And WE BOTH MISSED! How she missed I'll neber know. Me I blame the open sights. The good thing out of all of this. Neither one of us put a B-B in a bird and they jumped up came back down another 3o yards away and stood there confused.......even the 3 hens with these guys did not leave. Thus my daughter and I spent the nect 3 hrs watching these toms court these hens......finally they left the field to where we could leave the blind.
I quickly took my daughter to the next spot - I did call in one tom from well over 500 yds away. But as he approached he did not like my decoy set up and went wide. It was a good show for my daughter tho. The next set-up was those 3 toms as I tried to call them to another side of the field they use to no avail. Then we hit another farm and did a quick end around run as I found a flock of well over 20 birds. Toms, hens and jakes but I think we got set-up just a tad late. It now as 6 PM as we can hunt to sundown. I was about to call it a day when my partner sent me a text informing me he had a jake and tom in a field he was scouting. He was done and tagged out by 8 that morning.
So with my daughter in tow we rushed to that farm.
I had a 800 yard sneak along a swamp lake which paralled the farm field. I knew of a big ole balsam I had cut the center branches out some 8 yrs ago along this field and we headed to that. Once there I spotted the toms and while my partner had inidicated one was a jake - it was not. Both where mature birds according to their strutting fans.
And I called them in again to about 30 yards. On the shot I missed yet again - however my daughter had connected. So I jumped out of the balsam branches and was yahooing as it was her first......she however was yipping as the recoil of my 11-87 had nicked her knee cap and she was in intense pain. But she soon toughed up after about 15 minutes and we headed out of the field at 7:15 PM. So I missed twice that day.......but once I had my gn back on Tuesday I didn't miss no more. And I will never ever use open sights again - my eyes are too old!


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Old 05-30-2012, 09:52 AM
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Ok! I'll except the version you tell, personally though, I believe I could have told a better version. dog1
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Old 06-09-2012, 02:09 PM
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Honestly was it the gun or operater error?????????????
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Old 06-09-2012, 06:47 PM
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Been there, done that. I haven't missed very many, but those few were hard to bear.

A recent incident I had was deer hunting this past winter in Ohio. I was on a special drawing deer hunt with a buddy. I missed a nice ten pointer, then a decent nine pointer that my buddy ended up shooting. Found out later my scope had a mount screw 1/8 of a turn loose. Took my muzzleloader the next day and had two does and a very nice 8 pointer at 30 yards. Aimed, pulled the trigger, and "pop". Cap went off but the powder didn't ignite. Ended up shooting a doe and a three pointer after that.

I guess we all have our moments.
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