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Turkey Gut

Maybe it was the lack of beef that led me to think I would never make this morning hunt past 9am but this short fat guy was starving.  I had not eaten for 10 hours (a feat rarely attempted by me). In fact, my stomach was making so much noise, groan here, groan there, I could not imagine a turkey getting within 50 yards of my blind.  I had watched turkeys earlier in the morning perform their ritual strut in front of the ladies but nothing too close.  Then it happened!  That close gobble every hunter dreams of.  Man this bird was close and I mean CLOSE!  Then another gobble…getting closer.  Soon I could hear foot steps.  As I peered outside the blind window I saw a nice Tom just out of range.  Unfortunately another Tom was trying to pull him away.  I purred…nothing.  I clucked…nothing.  I even let loose with a few soft yelps followed by more intense purring.   Still nothing.  In fact, he was leaving.  Then, without warning, my stomach let out a ridiculously loud groan (did I mention I was hungry?).  That Tom actually gobbled and began walking back to me.  I sat there dumbfounded, praying for another groan from the gut.  No need!  There he was at 25 yards staring down on me.  I clicked off the safety and spent the next half hour plucking feathers.

I have made a lot of turkey noises but the turkey gut groan is something even Primos doesn’t market.  Not sure how I made that call nor if I could ever duplicate it again, but for opening weekend, for a moment in time, it was what I needed.

The rut is definitely in full swing and the action should be good right with latest temps climbing.  I would make a point to be out this weekend (and I will), as things could heat up fast.  Have fun and be safe!


Notice the smaller jake strutting in the safe distance
Dead at the base of the decoy
Turkeys make the blind

About jeff rawlinson

Jeff is the Education Manager in the Communications Division with Game and Parks where he has worked for the last 15 years. He oversees the Hunter Education, Boater Education, Hunter Outreach and Shooting Range Development for the Commission and is a devout hunter, angler, wildlife viewer, naturalist, father and husband. He holds a BS and MS from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He has been a Hunter Education Instructor for over 20 years, NRA firearms instructor and range officer, National Archery in the Schools Program Archery Instructor Specialist and member of the National NASP Board, sits on the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Hunter Recruitment and Retention Committee and Education Committee. Jeff is an avid handgun hunter, loves to chase turkeys in the spring, squirrel hunting enthusiast and philosopher of the outdoors. He is an avid shooter and loves to spend outdoor time with family and friends. He has a passion for exciting others about the outdoors. A history buff, Jeff is a strong supporter of our North American Model of Conservation and tries to spread the message of its importance and relevance every chance he gets.

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