Waited out the jakes

Discussion in 'Turkey Hunters Forum' started by CUTTERS DADDY, Apr 11, 2016.

  1. CUTTERS DADDY

    CUTTERS DADDY Elite Refuge Member

    Messages:
    1,175
    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2006
    Location:
    Antioch, California
    Went out with my son this morning and planned on being home by noon but things can change when hunting wild birds...
    This was our third trip together this turkey season and during the first weekend, we passed on a single jake, on the second weekend we passed on two jakes with one of them breaking the stake holding up my son's Avian-X jake decoy. This weekend we had three jakes in the decoys and one beat the crap out of the jake decoy again but didn't break the stake this time.
    While the one jake was beating on the jake decoy, we saw a couple of hens out in the distance and called them into the jakes and now we had 5 turkeys along with our three decoys looking like a party.
    We were going to give it until 10am but we had this party going on in front of us and occasionally would hear another gobbler sounding off so we really couldn't leave. Out in the distance (about 800 yards) we see two more turkeys but couldn't tell if they were the ones gobbling even through the binos. They got within a few hundred yards and now we could see they were toms. It took them about an hour and half to get within a hundred yards of us and then under the barbed wire fence (they hung at this fence for nearly 20 minutes). By this time the jakes with the hens had skirted off the decoys by about 70 yards to the right and the toms were now coming straight into the decoys. At about 50 yards out, the three jakes start heading to the toms gobbling and the two toms change direction and start heading off towards the jakes like they were going to take care of business. It was now or maybe never so my son ended up taking one of the toms which was sporting 1-1/2" spurs and over a 12" beard. Almost didn't want my son to shoot since the birds beard was skinny looking (it was just wet) but after seeing the spurs and beard...It's one of the, if not the longest, birds he's taken.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  2. JuvieCoot

    JuvieCoot Elite Refuge Member

    Messages:
    6,610
    Joined:
    May 31, 2013
    Location:
    Surrounded by nuts
    Those are huge spurs.
     
  3. jcneng

    jcneng Senior Refuge Member

    Messages:
    575
    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2003
    Location:
    Wheat Ridge CO
    Great hooks on that bad boy!
     
  4. spaightlabs

    spaightlabs Elite Refuge Member

    Messages:
    6,634
    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2004
    Location:
    Centennial, CO
    Them ain't hooks, them are daggers!

    Great hunt and story.
     
  5. MJ

    MJ Administrator Moderator Flyway Manager

    Messages:
    4,693
    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2002
    Location:
    Northern NV
    Nice bird! Impressive spurs.
     
  6. marsh-mello

    marsh-mello Elite Refuge Member

    Messages:
    3,689
    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2003
    Location:
    Ca
    WOW those are some hooks for sure....the kind you should wait for ALL the flopping to subside before trying to pick him up.
     
  7. pointblind

    pointblind Elite Refuge Member

    Messages:
    7,258
    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2006
    Location:
    Black Creek, WI
    Monster spurs. Nice work. I've see that same Jake show over my Avian X decoys on multiple occasions now. No broken stakes for me yet but I bought an extra because its going to happen sooner than later.
     
  8. Dan Mallia

    Dan Mallia Elite Refuge Member

    Messages:
    17,512
    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2000
    Location:
    NorCal
    Nice spurs.
     

Share This Page