Easton Dye - West Virginia

 This story begins mid-morning after a successful hunt early with Mekayla Dye.  We jumped in the truck & made a short trip to another farm where we'd attempt to find another willing participant.  It didn't take long to strike one on a distant ridge!  After cutting the distance & calling as we moved, Darren (Mekayla & Easton's dad) caught that gobbler's ear & really fired him up!  The bird was directly across a deep hollow on a hardwood ridge, just down from the ridgetop.  But he definitely sounded interested & seemed to be on his way.  So we got set up on the sidehill, just above the top bench in some second growth mixed hardwoods.  Darren put a home-made gobbler decoy about ten yards below us as the kids & I got ready.  After some excited yelping & cutting, Darren had that gobbler coming on a string!  It wasn't long & we could tell he was in the bottom.  Next time he gobbled, he was just below us!  Pretty soon, Darren saw him come up over the edge.  I got the camera on him as he strutted below us, maybe forty-five yards away.  Darren kept calling to him as he checked out "Bob" (Darren's fan decoy).  He was standing there just checking things out & Easton could only see him when he ran his head out & gobbled.  Finally he walked to the left a little & gave Easton an opening through the jungle of saplings & she let him have it!  Darren exploded & ran down the hill to retrieve the longbeard as Easton jumped up & hoped he was down.  As Darren came walking back up the hill with a bird in his hands, Easton breathed a sigh of relief!  We admired the beauty of wonderful two year old longbeard & relived the lessons he taught all of us.  After a celebratory "turkey dance" by the Dye kids, we headed for the truck.  What a way to kick off the West Virginia season!!!

 

 

Sunrise:  6:45 a.m

 

Temperature:  64 degrees (partly cloudy)

 

Wind:  10 mph

 

Barometer:  29.87 & falling

 

Location:  northern WV

 

# of gobbles heard:  150+

 

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