This was my first time turkey hunting and I must say I got a little bit spoiled getting a big Tom in the first few morning hours.
I had never been to the area we were hunting in Eastern Washington and had a friend drop me off in the dark about 500 yards from the ground blind I’d be hunting in. With my bow and flashlight in hand I climbed inside and quickly got situated trying to find some warmth in the 30 degree weather. I definitely had not dressed warm enough.
As soon as the sun started to peek over the trees, I heard gobbling nearby and wings fluttering as the turkeys left their roosts.
I couldn’t believe they were already that close. soon enough I looked out the back of the blind and saw two huge toms and a bunch of hens.
To my despair, the blind was not set up to shoot from the back and I only had a small hole to look through. In agony I watched the toms strut around disappointed I couldn’t take a shot that I knew was easily doable with my bow; they were less than 20 yards away.
Eventually, the toms and hens left and the morning grew cold and quiet. I tried repeatedly to get a text to my friends to tell them about the turkeys that I knew were probably still in the area.
About 30 minutes after I got a text to go through, the door to my blind opened and my two hunting partners walked in.
They were determined to get the turkeys to come back by calling. It was only a few box calls later that we heard them coming. I got ready with my bow.
A Tom came in about 25 yards directly in front of us. I dialed in my single pin sight and right before I shot he moved. I didn’t have time to let down and move my sight (a big disadvantage when using a single pin). I tried to aim high but my shot was still too low and when between the tail feathers.
My friend quickly handed me the shotgun and you’ll see in the video below that did the trick. And just like that I got my first turkey.
Video of me shooting the turkey