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The Second Turkey of a Five-Turkey Season


with Calvin Perryman

My second hunt this season was in Wilcox County Alabama. The turkey gobbled one time in a tree about 100 yards from me. So, I moved slowly and quietly to an open area where I could see the turkey when and if he came to me. 

Once I got set up, I gave the gobbler some soft tree yelps. Although he didn’t gobble back to me, I could hear him drumming as he strutted in his roost tree.  

Perryman_day2Finally, the gobbler pitched out of the tree and landed to my left. I couldn’t see him, because some thick cover was between him and me. This turkey had gobbled early to an owl and then didn’t say another word, but I could hear him drumming as he came toward me. I make my own diaphragm calls, and I put a ghost cut in one of the diaphragms. 

The turkey walked through a little bottom to my left, and I had to slide around the tree trunk to get in position to take the shot. I could hear the turkey drumming in the leaves, even though I couldn’t see him. When I heard the turkey drumming behind a big tree in front of me, I moved slowly and quietly to get into position to take the shot. When the bird came over the little rise, I aimed my 20-gauge at his head, and the gobbler went down. 

Taking that second turkey with my 20-gauge helped me build my confidence and gave me a lot of satisfaction in the gun and the shells I was shooting. I know that hand-loading a shotgun shell takes quite a bit of time, and it’s a hassle for most hunters. I also know that most hunters don’t shoot a 20-gauge with #9 shot. But throughout the 2017 turkey season, I gained a lot of confidence in the shells I had hand-loaded, the power of the 20-gauge and the knock-down power of those #9 TSS shots.  

Day 1: Calvin Perryman Hunts Deep South Turkeys

Tomorrow: How to Find Turkeys without Scouting

Calvin Perryman Hunts Deep South Turkeys
Much of south Alabama has never had a closed season for turkey hunting. Even during the Great Depression of the 1930s, turkeys were revered. Many large landowners protected their turkey flocks, so that they could hunt them in the spring and the fall. Also our section of the U.S. has really good habitat for turkeys, and many of the landowners around where I live do a good bit of predator control.

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