Last Minute Gobbler

Last Minute Gobbler
Bachman's 2nd Illinois Tom

If anyone is still turkey hunting right now you probably know all about hunting educated birds.  These guys are not falling for any more clever tricks and have become very wary and difficult to hunt.  Theses gobblers have been called at, spooked, and shot at so if they get a bad feeling, they immediately retreat.  With that said, turkey season is still open in some states and I'm not going to sit at home just because the hunting gets a little tough.

Welcome to 5th season in Illinois.  Instead of this state being called the Land of Lincoln I think they need a new slogan, Land of Ticks.  I won't even get mad if they take my idea, in fact I can probably provide some great tick shots if needed!

After hunting for three days and not even seeing a bird, the last day I started second-guessing myself.  I was contemplating getting out of the blind and doing a little run and bow hunting.  If these turkeys couldn't come to me, maybe I would have to bring the game to them.  As I unzipped the blind I looked back onto the field one last time before getting out and saw a big gobbler coming right out of the woods onto the field!  My blind door was wide open, all my front windows were down and now I was staring at a huge gobbler closing the distance to my decoys.  There was no time to zip up the blind door so I grabbed my bow, resituated and waited for this big boy to come in.


I'm not sure if there is such a thing as turkey fever but if there is, I was getting close to it at this point.  I felt completely unprepared but the camera was rolling and my bow was in my hands.  Movement was critical at this point, because the darkness of the blind was gone.  There was as much light in my blind as if I was sitting out in the open!  As the gobbler came within 20-yards of my decoys something spooked him.  I'm not sure if he saw movement in the blind, my cameraman changing the light on the camera, or what but he decided he had enough.


He turned and started heading back to the woods.  I drew my bow and made a shot that I feared was a little far back.  I immediately bolted out of the blind to find my gobbler down only 40-50 yards away with another tom already on him pecking the dead bird!  Even though the shot was a little far back the turkey was quartering away enough that my rage broadhead had enough penetration to go all the way through him taking out his vitals.


This was the last day of the season and absolute proof that gobblers can come in anytime.  It's almost hard to believe I hunted for days on end, and then when I decide to unzip my blind, a gobbler decides to stroll onto the field.  That's ok though, because I still love my gobblers all the same whether they show up on the first or last day of the hunt.

Recommended for You

Craig Boddington picks his top five over-the-counter hunts to add to your bucket list. Adventure

5 Bucket List DIY Hunts

Craig Boddington

Craig Boddington picks his top five over-the-counter hunts to add to your bucket list.

Use these steps to accurately estimate a bruin's size. North America Big Game

How to Field Judge Bears

Jospeh Von Benedikt

Use these steps to accurately estimate a bruin's size.

Whether you're pursuing black bears, moose or whitetails, Quebec will put you on the right track. North America

Big-Game Adventure Beckons in Quebec

Lynn Burkhead

Whether you're pursuing black bears, moose or whitetails, Quebec will put you on the right...

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Camp Chef at SHOT Show: Elk Venison Slider Burgers Recipe

Camp Chef at SHOT Show: Elk Venison Slider Burgers Recipe

Have a freezer full of ground elk venison from your fall hunting trips? Never fear, the folks at Camp Chef have a great SHOT Show recipe that is lean and mean, easy to prepare, and a crowd-pleasing favorite!

2018 Petersen

2018 Petersen's Hunting Episode 11: Wheelgun Buffalo

Host Craig Boddington lays claim to hunting more than 100 Cape Buffalo over the course of his 40 plus year career, but he never took one with a handgun. That changed in South Africa when Craig faced down "black death" with a magnum wheelgun.

2018 Petersen

2018 Petersen's Hunting Episode 9: Aloha Axis Deer

Host Mike Schoby joins his buddies Jon Dubin and Jeff Johnston on the island of Lanai for a deer hunt Hawaiian style!

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

What's The Best Coyote Cartridge? .22-250 Versus .223 Ammo

What's The Best Coyote Cartridge? .22-250 Versus .223

Joseph von Benedikt & David Faubion

What's The Best Coyote Cartridge? .22-250 Versus .223

A new wave of allergies threatens to turn hunters into vegetarians. News

The Ticks Making Hunters Allergic to Meat

David Hart

A new wave of allergies threatens to turn hunters into vegetarians.

From trajectory to penetration to recoil, we evaluate this cartridge for the big-game use case. Ammo

Is the .308 the Perfect North American Big Game Cartridge?

Richard Mann

From trajectory to penetration to recoil, we evaluate this cartridge for the big-game use...

See More Stories

More Wing Shooting

Try chasing toms in these 5 states this spring for even more spring gobbler action! Wing Shooting

5 of the Best States for Turkey Hunting

Tony J. Peterson

Try chasing toms in these 5 states this spring for even more spring gobbler action!

Kevin Steele, Jim McConville and Synergy's Pete Angle wait for the fog to lift for a shot at an Wing Shooting

Foggy Turkey Hunt

PHTV Adventures - June 26, 2015

Kevin Steele, Jim McConville and Synergy's Pete Angle wait for the fog to lift for a shot at...

Kali Parmley heads to Pike County Illinois to chase turkeys. Wing Shooting

Pike County Turkey Chase

PHTV Adventures - August 07, 2017

Kali Parmley heads to Pike County Illinois to chase turkeys.

See More Wing Shooting

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save.

Temporary Price Reduction.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.