texashuntingforum.com logo
Main Menu
Advertisement
Affiliates
Advertisement
Newest Members
lwoodham, Pain, Westex2, Retired and hunting, BigJon
66807 Registered Users
Top Posters(All Time)
dogcatcher 102,031
bill oxner 69,067
stxranchman 55,822
SnakeWrangler 52,163
RKHarm24 44,585
rifleman 44,451
BMD 41,064
Big Orn 37,484
Facebook
Forum Statistics
Forums45
Topics428,894
Posts6,453,872
Members66,807
Most Online19,184
Feb 5th, 2020
Print Thread
Page 1 of 2 1 2
Ol' Tom...RIP #4128406 03/18/13 03:34 PM
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 20,971
BuckRage Offline OP
THF Celebrity
OP Offline
THF Celebrity
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 20,971
TLTR...I know smile

A month ago I got on a new lease that looks to have promise in Ozona. I've never been turkey hunting but wanted to give it a shot as I've always wanted to. My father got me into hunting although it was never really his thing and unfortunately he passed away at 53 about 5 years ago. I inherited his 12g Wingmaster and wanted my son to kill his first bird with it. I had to send it off to get tapped and get chokes but it was well worth it. I told my son that he would have first dibs on a bird for as long as it took to get him one. Fortunately for me that didn't take long lol. It was a rough and LONG road trip. What was supposed to take 4 1/2 hrs turned into almost 11 hrs. We were loaded and hooked up and hit the road right after I got out of work at 5pm. Half way there in the middle of The Hills Have Eyes nowhere between Van Horn and Fort Stockston the trucks U-Joint decides its had enough bang. Called a tow truck and the wife to pick up the boys....the trip was over before it really got started. We waited 3 hrs in the only gas station within 60 miles (we were lucky!). Interesting times watching some weirdos and kooks roll through including a drugged out or liqoured up older man driving around the parking lot in circles for about 45 minutes...I think he was trying to find the exit wtf So the tow truck arrives and 5 minutes later the wifey pulls in. We get loaded up and hook up the camper to her Yukon and start for home. About 5 miles into the drive home my wife says pull over and call the tow truck driver... I'm going with them to take the truck home and y'all better come back with a turkey! banana I was happy to say the least happy for my boys who were already a little heart broken about the ordeal. I wasn't quite sure about it but she made it clear she wanted us to go so we pulled over loaded our gear up and went back on our trip. By this time it was about 2am and we pulled into camp about 5:30am. We unhooked, unloaded, set up, hit bed about 6:15 and up again right before 7am lol. Sun was just starting to peak out as we made out way to an area that looked like it was a good starting point. As soon as we get there the gobbing erupted and they were close! We quickly got set up in the middle of a semi wide open mesquite flat and 3 of us tried to conceal ourselves behind an anorexic mesquite rofl I look down a clear cut and see about half a dozen so we hunkered down and called. Shortly thereafter the gobblers stopped talking to us. I'm sure they saw us and left so we walked further and got set up again. This time there were hens and gobblers all around us and the woods exploded with chatter. We had 4-6 gobblers talking all around us and some were really close but wouldn't show themselves. Same thing similar happened that afternoon but we saw a gobbler and he was answering us but he was just on the other side of a pasture fence so he finally left. The next morning we had a plan on where to go and where to make our set. We were up before sunrise in the pitch black and walked about 800 yards to our spot. Set out "sexy" my sons nickname for a hen decoy and hunkered down again. As the sun began to rise the gobbling commenced. We had 3-4 gobblers gobbling at the same time all around us again. We also had lots of hens yelping, clucking and purring so the toms had plenty of work to do rounding up the ladies. We stood firm for over 2-3 hrs waiting on a tom to come in. As the morning went on less and less yelping as the toms were collecting them. They came close 3-4 times but never showed themselves until I look down a clear cut about 150 yards away and see a group of about 12 hens and jakes almost on a run towards "sexy". I tell my son to get ready and they made up that distance quick. They were within 20 yards of us and I was sure we were going to get busted but they never saw us. We were quickly disappointed because there wasn't a tom in the group...or so we thought. I tell my son if he wants to take a jake to pick one out and take him. About the time he raises I look to my right through another shooting lane and low and behold there is the tom in full strut and he's only about 20 yards away! I grab my son and turn him around and as soon as he sees him he raises the Wingmaster and as soon as the tom stuck his head up.... KABOOM! I see he's DRT and I jump up like a friggin maniac rip off my head cover and begin to make my boys think I'm a raving lunatic locoroflmao I was so happy for him and as I look down at him he has this look of surprise of what just happened and he can barely stand because his legs were shakin' so bad and the same for my youngest boy who watched the whole thing go down right next to us. So we did our happy dances, calmed our nerves and then began to take pics. I then began to give a class on how to clean and pluck a bird.....the blind leading the blind lol. All in all it was a GREAT weekend and one I won't ever forget and I'm sure neither will my boys. Now I just have to figure out whats wrong with the truck and get er' fixed bang

















[Linked Image]
Re: Ol' Tom...RIP [Re: BuckRage] #4128487 03/18/13 04:12 PM
Joined: Nov 2004
Posts: 44,585
RKHarm24 Offline
sergeant
Offline
sergeant
Joined: Nov 2004
Posts: 44,585
clap cheerleader coolpics rock_on up



Re: Ol' Tom...RIP [Re: BuckRage] #4128510 03/18/13 04:26 PM
Joined: Nov 2006
Posts: 216
S
sirjohnscott Offline
Woodsman
Offline
Woodsman
S
Joined: Nov 2006
Posts: 216
Nice! up

Re: Ol' Tom...RIP [Re: sirjohnscott] #4128516 03/18/13 04:29 PM
Joined: Sep 2004
Posts: 19,099
dgilbert Offline
THF Celebrity
Offline
THF Celebrity
Joined: Sep 2004
Posts: 19,099
That's great, congrats to them, sorry for the truck problems.

Re: Ol' Tom...RIP [Re: dgilbert] #4128541 03/18/13 04:40 PM
Joined: Jan 2013
Posts: 218
D
DQKN Online Content
Woodsman
Online Content
Woodsman
D
Joined: Jan 2013
Posts: 218
thats awesome.

Re: Ol' Tom...RIP [Re: DQKN] #4128543 03/18/13 04:40 PM
Joined: Aug 2009
Posts: 1,654
C
crstfr Offline
Pro Tracker
Offline
Pro Tracker
C
Joined: Aug 2009
Posts: 1,654
Originally Posted By: DQKN
thats awesome.

Re: Ol' Tom...RIP [Re: BuckRage] #4128548 03/18/13 04:44 PM
Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 7,500
My stand is pink camo Online Content
Kickingbird
Online Content
Kickingbird
Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 7,500
That is Great!!



Ill take a good rain or a new calf whenever I can get it -Jack Ratjen
Re: Ol' Tom...RIP [Re: My stand is pink camo] #4128632 03/18/13 05:31 PM
Joined: Nov 2010
Posts: 28,066
S
SapperTitan Online Content
Taking Requests
Online Content
Taking Requests
S
Joined: Nov 2010
Posts: 28,066
Originally Posted By: My stand is pink camo
That is Great!!


Originally Posted by bill oxner
I plowed mules.
Originally Posted by Roll-Tide
I did build a cabin. Aka the brokeback shack.

[Linked Image]
Re: Ol' Tom...RIP [Re: SapperTitan] #4128658 03/18/13 05:41 PM
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 1,473
S
Smiling Mallard Offline
Pro Tracker
Offline
Pro Tracker
S
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 1,473
up cheers up


"Call 'em up close and shoot 'em in the face"
Re: Ol' Tom...RIP [Re: Smiling Mallard] #4128694 03/18/13 05:54 PM
Joined: Feb 2009
Posts: 1,653
T
talkturkey Offline
Pro Tracker
Offline
Pro Tracker
T
Joined: Feb 2009
Posts: 1,653
WOW, great story... saw the pic in the turkey section, but love the story behind the hunt. Thanks for sharing.

Re: Ol' Tom...RIP [Re: talkturkey] #4128703 03/18/13 05:55 PM
Joined: Jan 2012
Posts: 14,838
NTX_Hunter Offline
THF Celebrity
Offline
THF Celebrity
Joined: Jan 2012
Posts: 14,838
Awesome. Thanks for the pics up


Originally Posted By: HillCountryHotRodMan
Sometimes a little self-therapy is good for the soul... getting out to mother nature, finding peace in reading a good book, re-learning how to take care of yourself.
Re: Ol' Tom...RIP [Re: talkturkey] #4128709 03/18/13 05:58 PM
Joined: Nov 2004
Posts: 3,298
B
BarneyWho Offline
Veteran Tracker
Offline
Veteran Tracker
B
Joined: Nov 2004
Posts: 3,298
That's what it's all about right there. up


Re: Ol' Tom...RIP [Re: talkturkey] #4128711 03/18/13 06:00 PM
Joined: Sep 2011
Posts: 27,887
N
Navasot Offline
Hollywood
Offline
Hollywood
N
Joined: Sep 2011
Posts: 27,887
Nice goin! Glad yall got a bird! Cant wait to get down there

Re: Ol' Tom...RIP [Re: Navasot] #4128743 03/18/13 06:13 PM
Joined: Oct 2011
Posts: 166
C
Chitch-ya-outdoors Offline
Woodsman
Offline
Woodsman
C
Joined: Oct 2011
Posts: 166
AWESOME

Re: Ol' Tom...RIP [Re: Chitch-ya-outdoors] #4128924 03/18/13 07:26 PM
Joined: Feb 2012
Posts: 7,483
P
Pope&Young Offline
THF Trophy Hunter
Offline
THF Trophy Hunter
P
Joined: Feb 2012
Posts: 7,483
Congrats to the boys!!! Your youngest looks like a great helper for big brother.


Re: Ol' Tom...RIP [Re: BuckRage] #4128949 03/18/13 07:34 PM
Joined: Oct 2009
Posts: 6,314
K
KG68 Offline
THF Trophy Hunter
Offline
THF Trophy Hunter
K
Joined: Oct 2009
Posts: 6,314
Some great memories with a greater story. clap

Re: Ol' Tom...RIP [Re: Navasot] #4128976 03/18/13 07:45 PM
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 20,971
BuckRage Offline OP
THF Celebrity
OP Offline
THF Celebrity
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 20,971
Thanks everyone.

Originally Posted By: Navasot
Nice goin! Glad yall got a bird! Cant wait to get down there


I think you'll like it grin We were set up down at the southeast corner of the pasture. Down by the creek bottom and the tall oaks. Looks like most of them fly down off their roosts into/near the mesquite flat and then work their way south along that clear cut by the fence. We set up down that clear cut right past the depression where you can see down 3 clear cuts.


[Linked Image]
Re: Ol' Tom...RIP [Re: BuckRage] #4129068 03/18/13 08:21 PM
Joined: Jan 2012
Posts: 115
T
takerofsouls Offline
Woodsman
Offline
Woodsman
T
Joined: Jan 2012
Posts: 115
Thems some proud boys right there.

Re: Ol' Tom...RIP [Re: takerofsouls] #4129258 03/18/13 09:24 PM
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 1,533
T
topwater13 Offline
Pro Tracker
Offline
Pro Tracker
T
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 1,533
Very nice

Re: Ol' Tom...RIP [Re: topwater13] #4129375 03/18/13 10:10 PM
Joined: Jul 2006
Posts: 19,148
Mr. Clean Offline
THF Celebrity
Offline
THF Celebrity
Joined: Jul 2006
Posts: 19,148
SERIOUSLY, does it get ANY better than that right there! GREATNESS I TELL YOU....SHEER GREATNESS. clap cheers banana flehan banana2 food

Re: Ol' Tom...RIP [Re: BarneyWho] #4129390 03/18/13 10:19 PM
Joined: Jul 2009
Posts: 16,671
T
Texsun Offline
THF Celebrity
Offline
THF Celebrity
T
Joined: Jul 2009
Posts: 16,671
Originally Posted By: BarneyWho
That's what it's all about right there. up



Woooot!


Sig Sauer P229 Elite, P226 Elite, SP2022
S&W Model 3
Win. Model 70's: 220 Swift, 270, 30.06, 300 Win Mag, 375 H&H
Savage Model 99 250-3000
Colt 6920
Ruger 10-22
Swedish and Chilean Mausers
Browning Citori White Lightning
Re: Ol' Tom...RIP [Re: Texsun] #4129468 03/18/13 11:07 PM
Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 4,791
D
DocBailey Offline
Extreme Tracker
Offline
Extreme Tracker
D
Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 4,791
Awesome, way to go!!

Re: Ol' Tom...RIP [Re: DocBailey] #4129593 03/18/13 11:54 PM
Joined: Nov 2009
Posts: 5,185
E
erniejs Offline
THF Trophy Hunter
Offline
THF Trophy Hunter
E
Joined: Nov 2009
Posts: 5,185
cool deal


We get old too fast and wise too slow
Re: Ol' Tom...RIP [Re: erniejs] #4129653 03/19/13 12:22 AM
Joined: Aug 2006
Posts: 13,530
H
Hunt n Fish Offline
THF Celebrity
Offline
THF Celebrity
H
Joined: Aug 2006
Posts: 13,530
Yessir!

up


HnF

"Prayer is when you talk to the Lord, Meditation is when you listen to what he says"
Re: Ol' Tom...RIP [Re: Hunt n Fish] #4129796 03/19/13 01:28 AM
Joined: May 2010
Posts: 12,983
H
hoof n wings Offline
THF Celebrity
Offline
THF Celebrity
H
Joined: May 2010
Posts: 12,983
Good story, great memories!


Originally Posted By: ImTheReasonDovesMourn
I'd ask him if he's pregnant. He missed a s__tload of periods.

Originally Posted By: Hancock
I'll take "things that look like a uterus" for $200 Alex.
Page 1 of 2 1 2
Previous Thread
Index
Next Thread

© 2004-2019 OUTDOOR SITES NETWORK all rights reserved USA and Worldwide
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.3