Big Gobbler For A Little Lady (Episode 73 Transcript)

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GRANT: It’s April 11th and this past Saturday was youth season in Missouri – turkey hunting. Both Raleigh and Rae had great hunts this past Saturday, but I want to share with you in detail Rae’s hunt cause there’s a lot of lessons that we can really bring out, as far as the management and hunting that just happened to all come together in that one hunt. There’s a whole sequence of events here and a couple of things. You know we use the Reconyx cameras to pattern where turkeys coming in the fields, especially, when we’re taking a youth, or my 80 year-old father hunting. So we kind of know where to anticipate they’re coming from, and how we can get the hunter setup that might not be as mobile, or wants to run and gun as much, as like Brad and I and our turkey hunting style. We settled on a couple of fields – one happened to be in the bottom, Hidey Hole Three.

GRANT: And Rae and I went out in the afternoon, after Raleigh’s hunt that morning, got in the blind about 2:30 in the afternoon.

RAE: (Whispering) Today’s a Saturday, April 9th, and Dad’s taking me turkey hunting. The thing I like least about turkey hunting is I usually get a little nervous when I’m about to shoot, and so, that’s just a part I don’t really like. This is one of my favorite parts of turkey hunting.

GRANT: So, I let it all kind of get settled down, and everybody comfy, and let Rae get her 20 questions out. And then, I start doing just some very light calling from a call that doesn’t have much for opening size on the back versus this Derby City has much bigger holes. And this is a slate – light volume – and sure enough, a hen comes out of Raleigh’s Holler and starts just feeding in the field. The perfect live decoy.

GRANT: The hen’s in front of us for quite some time and then drifts off back in the woods. And I decided to do a little louder calling. Notice the much larger holes in this pot; and it’s aluminum; it’s a whole different sound.

GRANT: Now, we’re about 5:00 o’clock in the afternoon. And I can tell Rae’s been in the blind about three hours, and patient but kind of wondering what fun things we could be doing at home. And I happened to look up on the power line – 150, 200 yards away, across the field, across the creek – and I see a big black body step out on the power line.

GRANT: (Whispering) (Inaudible) See the hen?

RAE: (Whispering) I bet there’s going to be a lot of soybeans in him.

GRANT: Rae sees the gobbler, almost the same time I do, and it’s big, and black. And it’s so great, one of the first comments she says is, “Dad, that turkey must’ve been eating a lot of soybeans.” It was great that she picks up on this ‘cause that she helped me with Raleigh’s turkey early in the morning – cleaning it. Its crop was full of soybeans. She’s putting two to two together. It’s in a young biologist in the making. Of course, I’m a proud dad. She’s putting it together, and we’re enjoying it, but I’ve got a turkey 150 yards away that I need to get down there to 10 yards in front of my daughter.

GRANT: The hen and a tom are now 150 plus yards away and looking like they’re going the other way. And I’ve got a nine year old daughter that wants to have some success. We had a tough deer season. Some things went wrong. And – and I want to keep my kids hunting, and although success is not the only thing we’re after, it just motivates you to keep going, as it does adults, too. So I pull out the Derby City aluminum call and give a long, loud, raspy assembly call, about 10 or 15 long yelps.

GRANT: And it does the trick. The hen turns, and here comes the gobbler.

RAE: (Whispering) Oh, she’s coming back out.

RAE: (Whispering) (Inaudible)

RAE: (Whispering) Yeah, he’s definitely coming back.

GRANT: Now, besides being so excited that both Rae and I are hovering above our little chairs, it is thrilling to watch that gobbler work his way down the bluffs, jump over some, go around others, and to follow that hen back toward us. You can’t imagine, after an hour, how much excitement is building. Rae is just hovering over there, but I tell her to keep her gun down, ‘cause if she gets it up and holds it that long, of course she’s gonna be too wore out to hold it steady, if the gobbler does come into range. This is a tactile hunt. It’s the chess match to the T and I’m loving every second of it.

GRANT: You know it’s really best just to let you see the footage here, because every turkey hunter – especially every dad of a little girl – cannot just imagine, after an hour plus, of edge on the chair anticipation, what happens next. I really hope you enjoy the final segment of this hunt.

GRANT: (Whispering) Don’t move.

RAE: (Whispering) I’m not.

RAE: (Whispering) Uh oh.

GRANT: (Whispering) Okay. She’s just gonna find a different way.

RAE: (Whispering) Okay. She’s gonna come, though. I know it.

GRANT: (Whispering) Yeah. (Inaudible)

RAE: (Whispering) But which window should I put my gun through?

RAE: (Whispering) Do you think this one?

GRANT: (Whispering) Uh-huh.

GRANT: (Whispering) How far this one….

GRANT: (Whispering) Probably gonna be the little triangle right in front of it.

RAE: (Whispering) This one?

GRANT: (Whispering) No. No.

RAE: (Whispering) That one?

GRANT: (Whispering) Yeah, yeah, yeah.

GRANT: (Whispering) Okay.

GRANT: (Whispering) He’s gonna come.

GRANT: (Whispering) I can’t see out of that window good.

GRANT: (Whispering) Huh? You’re gonna pull it down a little bit.

RAE: (Whispering) Okay.

GRANT: (Whispering) Just barely get the barrel out.

RAE: (Whispering) They’re coming down.

GRANT: (Whispering) Yeah. He’s ahead of her.

RAE: (Whispering) She flew. She flew.

GRANT: (Whispering) Easy, easy, easy.

GRANT: (Whispering) Easy. Okay. (Inaudible)

RAE: (Whispering) I can’t see through it, dad.

GRANT: (Whispering) It’s okay. (Inaudible)

GRANT: (Whispering) Dad, I’ve got to get it through this (Inaudible).

GRANT: (Whispering) (Inaudible).

GRANT: (Whispering) Okay.

GRANT: (Whispering) Oh, we’re moving. It’s okay.

RAE: (Whispering) He’s coming. Oh…look at him. He’s awesome.

GRANT: (Whispering) Remember to follow through.

RAE: (Whispering) He’s coming this way.

GRANT: (Whispering) Easy. Now, take your safety off. (Inaudible)

RAE: (Whispering) He’s coming.

GRANT: (Whispering) Easy. (Inaudible) You can shoot, Rae.

RAE: (Whispering) Okay.

GRANT: (Whispering) Whenever you’re ready. Make sure you’re on him. (Inaudible)

RAE: (Whispering) (Inaudible) Okay. Ready?

GRANT: (Whispering) Yeah. Hold on, hold on, now okay.

RAE: (Whispering) Not now. I’ve got to wait until he stops.

GRANT: (Whispering) Right now.

GRANT: You nailed it.

RAE: Yes.

GRANT: Huge gobbler.

RAE: Yes.

GRANT: Huge.

RAE: My first one.

GRANT: Incredible.

RAE: Awesome.

GRANT: Unbelievable.

RAE: Yes.

GRANT: Incredible.

RAE: He’s dead.

GRANT: He’s dead.

RAE: He’s dead.

GRANT: He’s not going anywhere. The hen’s right out there. Look. Look. There’s the hen. He’s right there. An hour and a half.

RAE: Yes. (Giggling)

GRANT: Rae drilled that thing with the Nikon scope. I mean you hammered it. He’s trying to beat up our decoy. That thing is gigantic.

GRANT: You are the hunter, Rae.

RAE: Look at the decoy, now.

GRANT: He thumped the decoy.

RAE: (Inaudible)

GRANT: I’m gonna go ahead and take the shell out, so we know exactly what’s going on. Hey, Rae. There’s your magic bullet, Winchester.

RAE: Yes. It’s still steaming.

GRANT: Still smoking a little. We’re all empty.

RAE: Still smoking.

GRANT: Rae, just tell me whatever thoughts are going through your mind right now.

RAE: It’s just cool. To – cause their brain is like the size of, like this big, and I can’t believe how just amazing they, and beautiful, they are with a brain this tiny.

GRANT: That thing was big.

RAE: And the other thing that I really loved about this hunt was the scope. It was like really, really good. It’s like looking just straight out, not even using anything.

GRANT: You nailed it.

RAE: Yes.

GRANT: Huge gobbler.

RAE: Yes.

GRANT: Huge.

RAE: My first one.

GRANT: Incredible.

GRANT: How about we go look at that monster, jumbo, giant, big ‘trocious turkey?

GRANT: Did you pick it up?

RAE: No.

GRANT: Pick hard. Pull hard.

GRANT: You didn’t even feel the gun kick ‘cause we shoot the dove load. You got your shell with ya? Dove load, seven and a half cause at this close range, guys, you don’t need a three inch magnum; and you don’t wanta put a big old recoil on there that makes your kids not want to go hunting with you again. So, just work those birds in close, be patient, let ‘em get in close cause that dove load seven and a half has just – well, they’ve just done wonderful on our property.

GRANT: (Inaudible) started going that way. Rae raised her gun just perfect. Come over here and he come right there.

TRACY: One, two, three. Going to Jericho.

GRANT: You know the audio probably tells it best. I’m whispering to Rae, she’s so nervous cause she does not like missing animals at all. Gobbler comes in to about 11 yards. The shot was fantastic, as you can tell. It’s just so wonderful to share these moments, after, literally, hard work and anticipation.  And I’m thinking not just that hunt, but planting soybeans, watching ‘em through the fall, watching critters get bigger on ‘em. Rae’s turkey weighed 24 pounds. That’s huge for the Ozarks. All the stuff that comes together to make a successful hunt, and more importantly, lifelong memories. Do you think Rae wants to go turkey hunting again? Absolutely. Are Raleigh and Rae my best buddies? No doubt about it. I hope you get to share similar enjoyment, and it’s not just the hunt, but it’s the whole management. It’s preparing the soil, the fertilizer, sighting in the gun, practicing with your turkey calls, having the right equipment, and most importantly, just sharing Creation with your family and friends. I hope you have a great turkey season. We’re continuing on to adult season, starting next week. Thanks for watching

GRANT: I don’t think you’re carrying your half.

RAE: I am.

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