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Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Tecomate Strut Report – Central TN - April 25th


Returning to TN to take another crack at these stubborn birds, we were greeted with rain, fog and wind our first two days. But with the weather clearing up on Sunday, I was able to get one on the ground finally around noon, getting out in front of this nice longbeard who would not leave his two hens. Riding high into Monday morning, I was able to decoy stalk my second bird in a huge field. We spotted him about 10 am strutting hard with a hen. After an hour of crawling behind the strutter decoy, I finally got within his comfort zone and he came charging. I eased out from behind the decoy when he cleared the 20 yard mark and put him down…it is an incredible way to hunt these field birds! And it was my heaviest bird to date, weighing a little over 24.5 pounds. Its always a blast to get to hunt the turkey rich area of south central TN and I hope to go back again next year! With my home state of Alabama’s season coming to a close this week, I am having to hang up the turkey vest and calls for another year. Good luck to all of those who still have time left in their season to chase these incredible animals.

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Posted by Bowen Slade on 04/29 at 11:23 AM
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