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  1. Dan Mallia

    Dan Mallia Elite Refuge Member

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    Season started up this past weekend in California. I had found a bird and went in early and setup my blind the day before. The next morning, I went in early and got settled into the blind. The morning darkness and quiet was cut by a thunderous gobble that was close, I was worried that the bird may have seen me put out the decoys or sneak into the blind.

    He flew down in the other direction and my concern increased. "had he seen me". I gave a couple of soft yelps and he thundered off and started in my direction. He crested a hill and went into full strut, headed for the DSD Jake that was about to breed a hen......... When he got to 7 yards I drew and let the bullhead tipped arrow fly and had my first bird of the season down. The video was shot with a GoPro and isn't as quality as I'd hoped.



    18lbs, 8.5" beard, 3/4" spurs

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  2. eel river

    eel river Elite Refuge Member

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    Very nice. Congrats. There isn't much like turkey hunting.
     
  3. spaightlabs

    spaightlabs Elite Refuge Member

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    Very nice job! Love your grip and grin shot - very nice colors - definitely needs to go on the office wall.
     
  4. Squaller

    Squaller Elite Refuge Member

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    I never cease to be impressed Dan...:tu
     
  5. MJ

    MJ Administrator Moderator Flyway Manager

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    Perfect shot! Well done, Dan. Looking forward to seeing your next kill!

    I'm headed over your way in 2 weeks. I hear there are plenty of birds this year on our property.
     
  6. marsh-mello

    marsh-mello Elite Refuge Member

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    Very good Dan! Those Bullheads do the job don't they!

    Now you can make up for lost time from last season. Two to go!
     
  7. DEC

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    Awesome stuff Dan!
     
  8. Dan Mallia

    Dan Mallia Elite Refuge Member

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    Thanks all.

    Good deal Mark, good luck! Pretty lean on the places I've been frequenting. Time to start looking at some other options.
     
  9. Squaller

    Squaller Elite Refuge Member

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    I am sorry to hear that you are seeing less birds as well...

    I have a feeling that it will be tough to find a tom next year, but hopefully there will be some jakes around for the following years.

    There are not many birds in the areas I hunt to begin with (the central valley hold far fewer birds than the Sac valley I started hunting in), but I am seeing no birds at all on some large ranches that typically hold a few... I am hesitant to take another bird on the one ranch that has a couple.

    Once again Dan, I am always impressed with your video's and hunting skills. Thank you for posting!
     
  10. Dan Mallia

    Dan Mallia Elite Refuge Member

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    Thanks Marc.
     

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