Father and Son Turkey Hunt Report

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Father and Son Turkey Hunt Report

#1 Post by JRD » Thu May 17, 2018 12:37 pm

No leverguns figure into this story, but my fellow Ocean Stater Pete44ru suggested that I post this story for you guys.

So there are no leverguns, but it does involve a pair of 1930's vintage long recoil semi-auto shotguns. Why hunt with modern guns if you don't have to?

Last Sunday I had the most exciting turkey hunt I've ever experienced. My 16 year old son and I worked a tom for 2 1/2 hours before coaxing him into range. We had a hen within 10 steps of us for nearly an hour cutting it up. We could hear a hen'd up gobbler not that far off the whole time the hen was near us. Ultimately "our" hen went and joined the tom, so my son and I pulled back and repositioned, and then repositioned again. It was our third setup when we finally got the gobbler curious enough to come in.

What an awesome hunt and what a great hunting partner my son is!

For those into stats, the bird weighed 20 lbs with a 9 1/2" beard and 3/4" spurs. For me though the great experience with my son is much more important than trophy measurements.
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And the guns: I try to do all the hunting I can with vintage guns. For turkey's this year, we used 1930's vintage long recoil shotguns. My son used a Browning A-5. 30" full choke and has a homemade extension tube to replicate an old market hunters gun.

I carried a Remington Sportsman, 28" with full choke. The Sportsman version of a Remington Model 11 (itself a Browning license) that only had a two shot magazine. When you think of it, the Sportsman was the antithesis of a market hunter's gun. Either way we only put three shells in each gun.
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Some lessons are:
-An 80 year old shotgun can kill a turkey just as dead as a new shotgun.
-You don't need a camouflaged shotgun with red dot sight to be successful.
-Having your son shoot a turkey makes you a whole lot prouder than if you'd shot another turkey yourself.

This turkey hunt was pretty exciting and comes close to but doesn't top the moose hunt we had together back in 2015. I wrote up that hunt here: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=64535 The pictures are gone from that thread due to photobucket, but the story is still a good one.

And thanks to Pete44ru for the tips on how to put pics on imgur and for the suggestion that I post the story here.

Jason

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Re: Father and Son Turkey Hunt Report

#2 Post by GunnyMack » Thu May 17, 2018 2:29 pm

NICELY DONE!
Next year you need to try it with flintlock!
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Re: Father and Son Turkey Hunt Report

#3 Post by crs » Thu May 17, 2018 2:59 pm

congratulations on a good outing and nice bird.

My hunts now are with grandson and always memorable.

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#4 Post by 2ndovc » Thu May 17, 2018 7:23 pm

Very Cool!!

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#5 Post by JerryB » Thu May 17, 2018 9:11 pm

Great story, thanks for sharing it with us.
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Re: Father and Son Turkey Hunt Report

#6 Post by Pete44ru » Fri May 18, 2018 12:00 am

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Great hunt, and a great story of family, Jason - CONGRATS to the both of you !

If I've learned nothing else over the years, it's the things we do with our families that really count.

I'm awaiting for you to post about your (early) B-Day present........... ;)


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Re: Father and Son Turkey Hunt Report

#7 Post by earlmck » Fri May 18, 2018 12:13 am

Great story, fine pictures, nice vintage shotguns. Thanks for posting that!
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Re: Father and Son Turkey Hunt Report

#8 Post by BenT » Fri May 18, 2018 8:25 am

Well done! When the Toms are talking to you it is the most exciting hunting you can do. Around here we shot all the dumb Toms in the 90's. All that is left is the smart ones that don't talk much and it is a totally different hunt.

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Re: Father and Son Turkey Hunt Report

#9 Post by JRD » Sat May 19, 2018 6:23 am

I don’t have a flintlock shotgun but have thought about using my caplock double. I’ll look in the safe and decide on a different gun for next year.
CRS nice picture. Hunting with a younger generation whom you’ve taught is more satisfying than hunting by yourself. Enjoy the time with your grandson.

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#10 Post by Griff » Sat May 19, 2018 8:47 am

My son & I will sometimes hunt doves on our place... there's been a couple of times that neither of us has fired a shot... and those are just as memorable as those we do!

Great job!
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Re: Father and Son Turkey Hunt Report

#11 Post by gamekeeper » Sat May 19, 2018 9:43 am

Griff wrote:
Sat May 19, 2018 8:47 am
My son & I will sometimes hunt doves on our place... there's been a couple of times that neither of us has fired a shot... and those are just as memorable as those we do!

Great job!
When my son is home we often take a walk in the woods, the bag is unimportant, it's the time spent together hunting that is precious.

Great post and photos, thanks for sharing.... :D
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Re: Father and Son Turkey Hunt Report

#12 Post by Nath » Sat May 19, 2018 11:19 am

Excellent story and hunt. Working as a team.

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Re: Father and Son Turkey Hunt Report

#13 Post by Pitchy » Sat May 19, 2018 12:32 pm

Cool story and nice old shotguns, thanks for sharing. 8) :)
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