Long Stalk Turkey Hunt on Kansas Public Land
Kansas youth turkey season is always a good time. Our plan was to do a multi-species expedition for feathers or fins. We had an opportunists' mentality.
It was a very warm day with a strong south wind in early April. The fish had been going strong on these very warm and windy day. Not necessarily ideal conditions for turkey hunting with the wind, I convinced my son we should throw our turkey hunting gear in the truck.
I had a spot that overlooked a really large track of public land where the birds were known to hang out. Once we were able to get to the overlook, it took about 30 seconds to spot some strutters way in the back end of the public ground. Other than the fact they were 3/4 of a mile away, would was a great set up. We did a quick survey of the area to see if anyone was parked on the other side just to make sure we were the only hunters in there.
Kaleb and I made our way back to grab a couple supplies for the long hike down to the bottom. We had been in a very abnormal wet spell for our area so every creek, ditch, and low spot had running water. It would be a bit sloppy but worth the hike if successful.
Once down in the bottom, Kaleb and I were chatting about my old bow hunting adventures in this particular draw. He ask, "Hey Dad, is this were you thought of Heads Up Decoy?" I was floored. I totally forgot that this very draw was the place it all began! I immediately got nervous. I thought to myself...how cool would it be to kill a turkey in the very spot I came up with the idea waaaaay back in 1999!
The feeder creek leading to the lake made a perfect low travel corridor to close the distance. The 35 mph wind helped as well. It did not take long to spot the birds once we reached #eyelevel them. There was a good group of birds and after a few minutes of calling and fanning the Heads Up Turkey Decoy, the hens and toms made their way in.
I had Kaleb set up several feet to my right embedded in a cedar tree. The birds, in typical fashion made their way in and Kaleb was able to make due on a great Kansas public land Rio! We did it! Killed a great bird in the very spot I dreamed up Heads Up Decoy 20 years earlier...lol...we haven't been in business that long. That was just the time I thought about it. It wasn't really until 2009 that we really got things rolling with Heads Up Decoy! Be Mobile...Stay Mobile!