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Pv2 Gilliam

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Anyone have any turkey success pics? Also... How did they hunt turkey before the advent of modern camouflage? It's mind boggling.
 

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Very nice, Spence... but TWO birds with a Single Shot? I wanna hear THAT story.
 

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Same here! That's awesome. I'm gonna try this year in just some basic clothes. Green plaid with brown pants. With a wing bone call.
 

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Not my latest bird with a front stuffer, but absolutely my FIRST!
It was 1980, I was 15, riding down a lease road with my pa. He saw several birds, i jumped out, made a short stalk to about 40 yards, and "Nailed her clean, Pilgrim!".
I wouldn't have sold out very cheap THAT DAY!
I built that CVA in 8th grade shop class a few months earlier.
 

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I got there a little late, about 7:15 am. I loaded my rifle at the truck, listening all the while. Nothing. I was hunting from a pop up blind less than 100 yards from a powerline, this is one of my tried and true locations for both turkeys and deer. Mid to late in the season those single gobblers cruise this part of the property and across the powerline looking for a willing hen. 10 AM to well afternoon is when I call in most of my birds. I chose to use only one hen decoy and placed her about 30 yards away between me and the powerline. I chalked up the 2 box calls and 2 slates I usually carry but decided to start out with just 2 of them. A slate call that gives perfect purrs and clucks. And an old box call that has gotten sweeter with age, like a spruce top on a dreadnought guitar. Plus it carrys a long way down in the woods.
I started off with a few clucks just in case one was close, then made a series of long range yelps. Nothing. Every 15 minutes I repeated those loud calls. Nothing. So far I hadn't heard a bit of turkey talk.
I checked the time it was a little after 9 am. A few minutes later I made another series of long range yelps......... a gobble! Far off.
I waited a few minutes and repeated.... another gobble.... he answered me. Usually I'd shut up about this time but this one only moved when I called so every few minutes I'd call again, and that kept him coming. Finally he was right in front of me across the power line, then he shut up. I spent a few minutes getting set up to make a shot straight to my front then let out a yelp. GOBBLEGOBBLEGOBBLE! He really hammered it out but he wasn't to my front he was about 50 yards to my left, I could see him. I knew that I'd blown it.
Then he started sneaking and looking, sneaking and looking, then sneaking and strutting a little, all the way from left to right across my front never giving me a shot. Then he went out of sight and was quiet.
"That's it" I thought. "He's gone" But you never can tell about those birds so after a few minutes I made one cluck and he gobbled right back 50 yards to my right. Now he's moving slowly back to the decoy still too far. He goes into a strut....and doesn't come out of it but he's still walking in a zig zag back towards the decoy. I can see him good but there's too much brush. Then he comes out from behind a tree and he's close enough but still in a strut. I can see the head through the sights and move the front post back to the wing butt....my triggers are set.....I shoot but in the still morning air I can't see nothing but smoke. Then he's on the ground flapping, moving to the left, and he gets up and starts walking while limping on the right side. I thought he went behind a thick spot but he didn't, he only went about 10 yards. And he's got an 11 inch beard.
I built this rifle 15 years ago mainly as a turkey rifle. She has a Rice, B profile, 40 cal. barrel, LH Large Siler lock, Davis set triggers, iron furniture in an Issac Haines stock. The stock was stained dark but it has lightened up some from handling.

 

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Not my latest bird with a front stuffer, but absolutely my FIRST!
It was 1980, I was 15, riding down a lease road with my pa. He saw several birds, i jumped out, made a short stalk to about 40 yards, and "Nailed her clean, Pilgrim!".
I wouldn't have sold out very cheap THAT DAY!
I built that CVA in 8th grade shop class a few months earlier.
Can you imagine the shear panic that would ensue in today's schools if a student built a gun in shop class?
Where and when (late 60s) I went to school it was very common to see students, coaches, other teachers out in the parking lot wooing over each others guns, and taking a short drive to open pastures and fields for an afterschool dove hunt....
 

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Can you imagine the shear panic that would ensue in today's schools if a student built a gun in shop class?
Where and when (late 60s) I went to school it was very common to see students, coaches, other teachers out in the parking lot wooing over each others guns, and taking a short drive to open pastures and fields for an afterschool dove hunt....
Or taking the old .22 on the bus, and leaving it there for the day so you could get off after school on a neighbouring kids farm to shoot gophers till supper.
Sigh....
Walk
 

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Can you imagine the shear panic that would ensue in today's schools if a student built a gun in shop class?
Where and when (late 60s) I went to school it was very common to see students, coaches, other teachers out in the parking lot wooing over each others guns, and taking a short drive to open pastures and fields for an afterschool dove hunt....
It was small town in Texas, shop was mandatory for all boys. Near the end of the 1st semester "Coach" Willis asked who wanted to build a rifle in class.
My hand shot up.
Dad went to Heard's Hardware and got me the CVA Kentucky rifle kit for Christmas.
I carried the kit on the bus, the driver said leave it in the box.
By spring break i had it in the white, again I carried it home on the bus, but had to sit behind the driver.
Shot it all week, back on the bus. Got it stained and took her home the last time, again riding the bus 1 1/2 hours.
I miss that old man, he was a good teacher.

When school started almost everyone had a shotgun in the window rack of their truck for dove, then in November it disappeared and a Winchester 30-30 took its place.
 
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