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10 for 10 WITH BILL HENRY
I was, as always, quite anxious about my Florida Osceola turkey hunt with my friend/guide Bill Henry last Wednesday. For several days the nasty weather here in Flagler Beach and our hunting area in New Smyrna Beach was continuous pouring rain, thunder and lightning and high winds. But on this past Wednesday – there was no rain and very little wind which is what we needed to get the turkeys eager to move again.
At 5:15 a.m. I was at Bill’s house and off we went in his truck. “We are going to a different spot I have found where I have seen a lot of turkey and some very nice toms.” That’s all I needed to hear to get my adrenaline going. It was still dark when we made our way through some heavy cover to the edge of a field. Here Bill had put up a blind about 10 yards off of the field. To the right was some heavy brush and trees. Bill said he believed the turkeys were roosting to our right somewhere down the wood line.
He was right, because on his second and third owl hoot he got a gobbling response. They were away off but continued to response to his calls. When the sun began to peek through the trees Bill changed to a box call and then the fun began. They were answering, and on the move – GETTING CLOSER. Now despite all the years I have been doing this when a gobbling tom’s calls gets closer and closer; especially when you cannot see it yet, I get very excited. And, I was.
I was ready and all 3 toms came into view just where Bill said they would. I did not have to wait long for a clear shot, put the red dot on him and squeezed the trigger. He went right down. We watched the other two toms walk around for a few minutes and then ran off across the field. It was only 7:15 a.m; and I was done. This was my 10 th turkey with Bill in 10 years. Thanks Bill – see you in March in 2019. If you are thinking about getting you National Wild Turkey Federation you need an Florida Osceola.