i was lucky enough to get another tom and tag out today. i am not sure of his weight but he was slightly smaller than my first tag so im guessing he is about 19-20 lbs. 10" beard and 7/8" spurs. i am gonna check him in online.
it was a really fun hunt. he was very very careful. i was fooling with him for well over an hour at about 70 yards. he kept skirting the clearing i was in, walking through the woods gobbling like crazy, trying to get the hen to go to him. he was the same bird that was with my first tag, so he was very hesitant to come in. he entered the clearing at one point and came in to about 35/40 yards. i was extremely tempted to try the shot but i didnt want to injure him or miss entirely and then not get another chance at him, so i let him go. he stayed in the area, did a very wide loop around me and finnnnally came back in from the opposite direction. he realllly wanted to find the hen. ended up shooting him at 20 yards.
jeffw, i have to agree that losing the decoy today was the ticket. i remembered the advice from the other thread. i guess you were right; no decoy can be the best decoy.
**i just checked it in online. it was real easy. i just wish i had a scale so i could get the weight on it. oh well, i will get one before next season.
I would rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.