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Big Black Hills Gobbler

July 15, 2016
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The evening sun began to dip low as I set up my blind and decoy spread in an area that held good numbers of birds but has plenty of hunting pressure to make them wary to say the least.

I heard gobbles in the distance as I pressed the decoy stakes into the ground. I settled into the blind and readied an arrow in anticipation of the hunt that I hoped would soon transpire. The sun moved behind the trees as the shadows began to lengthen and temperatures began to drop. I looked over all components of my set-up and felt good about how the evening may go.

Like many times before I began by using loud yelps to imitate a lone hen looking for love and companionship. The gobblers were likely in search of hens that were looking for a little romance to spread their gene to the offspring that were soon to come. Most hens were sitting on nests so this made the calling more productive to the bigger gobblers.

In short order I had two birds gobbling back from the southwest. They were likely brothers and traveling together like many toms do. They didn’t seem to be getting closer and I was getting impatient. I worked on these birds for nearly 2 hours in desperation. I let out more aggressive yelps to let the toms know I was really lonely. This paid off as I got a hen that was with them to respond back. She called back to me and each time she did so I would cut her off with a couple of yelps and then begin to purr. This infuriated her and that is exactly what I was hoping to do. If you can make this happen you will likely pull that hen into your set-up which will likely bring the long beards with her.

I went silent and waited for her to respond again. When she did I continued to cut her off which only added to her frustration. This also caused the gobblers to keep gobbling significantly proving that they were slowly getting closer. Then all went silent again. This often happens then they are very close and have spotted your decoys.

I was caught off guard as a group of hens and a couple of jakes came into my spread from the opposite direction. I was pinned down and couldn’t move. My heart nearly jumped out of my chest as a gobbler started to spit and drum just feet away from the blind right behind me. I didn’t know it but the two gobblers came in from the opposite side! Then the fun began as I purred and they started gobbling again just mere feet away from the blind! This game is AWESOME!

The birds in front of the blind slowly moved to the back side and I was able to zip up the windows and cautiously unzip the side the birds were on. I had to be careful to not make noise and not much movement with the door of the blind. I decided it would be easier to open that then a window to get a shot. I was only able to open it a few inches, just enough to get an arrow out of the door.

The two strutters were only about 5 yards away. The hens knew something was up and they began to vacate the premises but not before the strutters were able to leave with them. My arrow found its mark and the bird took a few steps before flopping over!

This hunt was an interesting one to say the least. I had been to this spot numerous times with no luck. When the time is right you’d better hope to be there to take advantage of it! This was one such time! I kept at it and eventually was given a great opportunity to take another beautiful bird in a location that most would have given up on!

Persistence once again pays off!

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Jared Bloomgren

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At a very young age Jared was raised to appreciate Mother Nature and everything that It has to offer. His lifestyle and hunting passion is a desire that has been honed from a family up-bringing and years spent pursuing the wild game that he seeks. Jared enjoys his time spent in the outdoors connecting with the primitive instinct that was placed into man thoasands of  years ago; it is a God given right that he cannot get enough of and capitalizing on the opportunities is a daily goal of his. Jared enjoys supporting various outdoor and hunting related clubs and organization to help with better conservation practices while all bettering the game we pursue. Raising his two young children to appreciate the finer things in life that he was raised to grasp with a delicate hand all while teaching them the rules and the ways of the outdoors is a priority of his. Jared is a hardcore DIY backcountry hunter that takes pride in what the outdoors and the wild has taught him. Being able to connect with followers, readers, and viewers is something that he enjoys to do using written articles, video, and testimonials. Being supported by numerous companies in the outdoor and hunting community helps Jared continue to be a more successful sportsman. Being a freelance writer allows him to relive his adventures one word at a time through connecting with others in various facets in life. Jared, being a very goals driven individual, is always striving to meet and exceed his goals and expectations in life.