Chasing Spring: Show-Me Gobblers

The Missouri spring turkey season is finally here. It was time to do some final scouting and get into some Show-Me State birds. We set up blind number one set up against a tree along the edge of the biggest field where hens are feeding and gobblers were fighting on Sunday evening.
This is the shooting lane toward the field from blind one and the area I set up the decoys.
We put blind number two on a field edge in the fly-down zone very close to a flock's creek bottom roost.
Blind number three is my favorite set up. This blind covers both the field edge and the creek bottom woods where gobblers fly down and strut from the second roost.
This is the view from blind three toward the creek bottom woods, an awesome set up.
Blinds are very efficient in a small hunting area to keep pressure off birds and keep us dry in the rainy weather.
I rarely use decoys, but after watching gobblers push and fight and witnessing hens ignore the gobblers, I decided a subordinate jake and hen decoy would be a perfect fit for the morning hunt.
If hens are ignoring gobblers in the early season and if you witness gobblers chasing and pushing each other, a jake or gobbler decoy is your best choice.
My Sunday scouting paid off and we took one of the gobblers even before the sun came up. He was a 23-pound bird with a 10-inch beard and 1-inch spurs.
Doctor Harry tagging and checking in his gobbler by cell phone.
It was a great morning in central Missouri without any rain and we even made it out of the field early for a big breakfast at our favorite cafe. But I wasn't done yet. Next up was the Missouri KFNS media hunt on Tuesday morning.
Our radio show crew from KFNS 590 The Fan gathered in central Missouri for our annual sponsored outdoor media hunt. Joining me during this hunt is co-host Chris Vogler, aka, the "Vogler Voglar" along with board operator, show producer and on air talent, Matt "the Studman" Steadman and freelance outdoor writer and Chasing Spring pro photographer, Steve "snuggles" Felgenhauer.
Day 2 of our Missouri spring turkey hunt began as most of our Chasing Spring adventures: with pouring rain, high winds and hail.
Radio show producer and on air talent, Matt "the Studman" Steadman.
Time to make the "do-nuts!"
Co-host Chris Vogler, aka, the "Vogler Voglar", with the 1,000-yard stare.
Freelance outdoor writer and Chasing Spring pro photographer, Steve "snuggles" Felgenhauer.
I hunted with Studman, and we should have killed a gobbler on camera. A gobbler was roosted in this sycamore tree just 50 yards from our blind all morning, but we didn't know it until he few down into our field less than 25 yards from the blind.
The Vogler Voglar whiffed big time. Two big gobblers came in from his right and were standing at about 20 yards in his decoys. He missed clean, nothing but air. It's nothing new, but was still a very disappointing event for Vog, and Chasing spring. However, the turkeys seemed OK with his big time miss.
A huge gobbler flew down into this field at less than 25 yards from our blind, sending the inside of our blind into a Chinese fire drill.
A 4:30 a.m. breakfast and meeting of the minds, well kind of, more like story telling.
This wonderful lady working the late night front desk made coffee and breakfast for us even though hotel policy was in place for a 6 a.m. breakfast.
Studman watched a gobbler fly down in the timber behind our blind. The bird ignored our calling and ran to the other gobbling turkeys.
"I just cant believe I missed again," Vogler Voglar said.
This is one of my favorite set ups: our blind covers both the field edge and the creek bottom woods where gobblers fly down and strut from the second roost.

I finally get to hunt my home state of Missouri where the spring gobblers grow big and loud. Check out our early-season success.