My buddy owns Bosler outdoors here in Southern IN. got a invite to come hunt with him as a Guest Sunday. I will just say this it was as memorable day as i have had hunting. I experienced a few first over my 19 seasons turkey hunting in one day. This place is Amazing i should start off saying we were on a small piece (300 acres) of their land That is Bordered on 3 sides by a river. He was interviewing my skills i believe, he left all his calls at Home. Hoping he sends a few clients my way next season.
Well the morning started off slow by just hearing 8 birds within 150 yards of us. Had one at 10 yards behind us 3 times drumming with neither of us able to shoot. We slipped out when he struts off to hear two other coming fast so we set the decoy i made one cutt and a few yelps and had them running to us, 1 min later i missed my first double??????? He however killed the one he was aiming at which weighed 22 lbs had 2 seven inch beards and a 10 inch beard and 1-1/4 spurs. Can you imagine how many beards the one i missed had? the big one always gets away right? That was the first turkey i have ever missed in 18 years, fast forward about 30 minutes and i can tell you how i hear a bird 300 yards away as im closing the truck door, we jump out set a decoy in the drive way made a few calls with these two birds closing fast..... Fast forward..... I missed the second bird in 18 years with a shotgun... WTH....
Patterned my new versamax and it was great.... However that was before i took the stock off and replaced it with a camo stock..
I havent shot again since the miss however i knew better but it never crossed my mind it would shoot any different. I know, i know, we have shimmed stocks before and changed POI on scatter guns but never thought to check. how many say it was the gun how many say it was me?
I called in 5 long beards before noon missed my first double and missed again yet called in the first bird i have ever with multiple beards, im stoked yet "sore"
baffled. Over all it was a great day with a good friend and my first invite to their Farm, I was worried after two misses he wouldnt invite me back However i think he gained enough comedic relief from my astonishment of how i miss not once but two times at birds that were 30 yards. The second one spooked as i beaded up on him so it was a semi moving shot. No excuses i missed, however when i leave work today i will be patterning a Gun. *( I have Now shot and confirmed the two misses were me and not the gun)