One thing to add about this wolf. We don't live in wolf country. In fact, the MNDNR insisted there are no wolves in our county for a very long time. This was in spite of the fact that many were seen and photographed. But, as you can see as plain as the nose on your face, that's a wolf!
But this night was different. We called back and forth with a group of birds as the evening wore on. With not much time left in the night I turned to Colby and said, "Well, if a bird is going to come in, it better do it in the next 10 or 15 minutes." The words had no sooner had left my lips and Colby clamped his hand on my left knee and stared past me with dinner plate sized eyes. I looked to my left and a jake strolled past the blind at about 5 feet away. Colby was shaking with excitement as he drew his bow when I suggested he should. His shot wasn't perfect, but certainly did the job! It was great and I was excited for him.
Our first trip was really fun. A group of jakes made their way towards us, but weirded out late and went around us. Soon after a nice tom worked his way in by us. Just as he got to the decoys the jakes came in and ran him off. He came back 10 minutes later and the jakes again ran him off. Eventually he made it back to us and then he did something I'd never had happen before- instead of going to the jake or the laydown hen, he took a keen interest in the feeder hen. Since this had never happened before, I always put the feeder hen off to the side and didn't put it in a place where Morgan would have a shot. But this tom fell in love with the feeder hen! He made several laps around the hen decoy, then proceeded to "go to town" (Morgan's words) on the poor hen decoy. He humped and pumped the poor decoy for almost ten minutes. I probably should have just waited and saw how it played out, but instead I got the bright idea that Morgan could shoot out of one of the small side windows. She tried, but hit the blind and it threw the arrow off. I looked at her after the shot- she was visibly shaking. Adrenaline was taking effect and she was rattled. I loved it!
Next she tried to lean way over and shoot out the big window. The bird caught movement and tried to leave. Morgan got a shot and narrowly missed him as he walked away. Above is a screen capture of her shot- the arrow had to have missed the bird's neck by less than an inch as he quickly walked away.
After that, Morgan got one more shot too! The tom came back and hopped back on the feeder hen. Because we only had two bullheads in her quiver her only remaining arrow had a VPA on it. I decided she could fit a VPA through the small window with no problem. I was wrong! She again hit the blind and missed for a third time. After three shots the tom finally had enough and left (good thing because we were out of arrows). Dang, but what a morning!
Looks like your bird was still alive after your shot. Did your bullhead just break his neck and paralyze him? Also, did you know that your bird had 2 beards before you shot him, or was it just a bonus after you recovered him? I’m still waiting to kill my my first multiple bearded bird :-(
Ryan and I put out trailcams in that area this spring one day when we were feeling particularly cooped up. We actually got a pic of a double bearded bird. However, I think the bird we got a pic of is a different bird. Regardless, i had no idea he had 2 beards when i shot him and I was definitely checking those birds over carefully looking for 2 beards- I just couldn't see it.
Ironically the night before Ryan half-heartedly told me to be sure to not shoot any turkeys with two beards so he could when he went out. When I got home and showed him the double bearded turkey I wasn't sure how he would react. He gave me a big smile and stuck his hand out to shake mine and he congratulated me. Once again I was awfully proud of his reaction because I knew deep down he was also a little bit jealous, even if he was also genuinely happy for me.
The second bird that my wife ever killed was a double beard. I never hear the end of it from her!
Morgan was ready to go back out the next morning, after getting three shots the day before. We set up in the same area, but about 150 yards to the SE. We saw birds early, but they weren't interested in coming over by us. They patrolled a treeline about 200 yards west of us. Eventually they headed to the north by the highway and I figured they would cross and go into the woods north of us. They often do that and I can't hunt the property across the road. However, as luck would have it, several hens crossed the road coming in our direction. Eventually, the hens dragged the toms and several new toms in our direction. Soon seven toms and a bunch of hens were coming across the field in our direction. One tom split off from the rest and walked directly at our setup. About 60 yards out he was making a bee line to us. But... a hen started calling behind us and he veered off to our right and went behind us. All the other turkeys came our direction, but wouldn't quite commit all the way. Then I heard it... the tom that went behind us was close. Really close. He was within feet of our blind and I could hear him drumming. Somehow Morgan couldn't hear it, but I'm not sure she knew what to listen for. He stayed back there for about five minutes. Finally, I caught movement out of the corner of my eye coming from the left side of our blind. I grabbed Morgan's knee and pointed towards the bird. She casually looked in that direction and I watched her face react as she spotted the bird. It was great- I could see the excitement in her eyes!
What happened next is in the video. The bird climbed on the laydown hen and once again "went to town", in Morgan's words. The tom was only about four yards from us. Morgan got drawn without the bird having a clue. She took careful aim and let it go. It hit the blind again! I couldn't believe it! The camo netting had slipped up a bit after I had everything all set up and she clipped it. Clearly Morgan needed a better guide!
The tom scooted away, but I called him right back in. He again climbed on the laydown hen. Morgan tried to draw, but the bird caught a little movement. He strolled over to the jake decoy and after a little shuffling around, Morgan got her shot. Check out the video- the first shot is earlier (the one that hit the blind) but the 2nd shot, and the far more interesting one, was at 2:50 in the video. Check it out.
I'm a big fan of bullheads, especially for kids and low poundage setups. This is the second time I've seen a shot that was "just too perfect" for them though. The design flaw with bullheads when you're using a light weight bow, IMO, is that the exact center of the broadhead has no cutting edge. With my bow, or 99% of the bows of people reading this, the KE of the more powerful setups would push the broadhead right through. But with a low poundage setup, it just doesn't have enough oomph to do it. This almost happened to the bird Ryan shot in CA with Joe and Chris, but it hit the neck and the blades caught just enough of his neck to kill him. Morgan's skull cracker shot didn't end as well though.
T, I don't know what the little video camera is- I think it may be called "Dragon Touch" and cost about $40. I bought it on amazon and it was pretty inexpensive. I had problems with it early on, but discovered it was the cord/connection. Got a new cord and it's worked well since. It's pretty cool- I can run the camera with my phone, which is kinda neat. I can actually see the view of the camera through the phone and turn it off and on. I included a link to what I think is the camera I use.
For some reason the glitchiness of bowsite right now is not allowing me to put in the second screen capture. The empty posts above are supposed to be that second pic, but it just won't go through. I'll keep trying...
Bowsite is all hosed up right now. Can't attach any pics.
For the record, I still think bullheads are the best option for low poundage bows. This really was an extremely unlikely outcome and she just caught a bad break IMO. Like my buddy NoWiser said, if that had been me, I'd have laughed out loud. Since it was my 12 year old daughter, I was totally bummed out by it.
I've got a few more random pics (I think), but that's a summary of where we're currently at. Morgan hung up her bow after that last outting. She said she had put in her time and it wasn't meant to be. Ryan continues to chase birds away with the heads up decoy! Mostly he's shifting gears and golfing now that the course is open, but he'll get out another time or two most likely. If I've got an update worth sharing, I'll post. Otherwise, that was our 2020 turkey season. It was a fun one! I learned a few things, once again, and I had a hoot helping others try get a turkey.
If someone knows a good turkey guide for Morgan, she's looking for one! :) Apparently her guide was a total failure this year. The replacement guide has to be with an outfit where the owner guides the turkey hunter himself- otherwise they suck (I learned this little fact this year too). Haha- thanks for following along.