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When a Turkey Gobbler Answers – You have to be Patient

Day 5: Buddy Hunting For Turkeys Is Often Best

Editor’s Note: The late Billy Macoy of Lineville, Alabama, was a renowned, relentless turkey hunter. Some of the most-interesting turkey hunts I’ve ever been on were with Macoy.

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger ViewOne of the things I liked most about buddy hunting turkeys was that even if nobody else believed us, Macoy and I both had witnessed what happened. Sure, we got our turkey. However we experienced more than the taking of our turkey. We had the opportunity to:
* live through an outdoor adventure that few other hunters ever experience; and
* think together and not only try and outsmart the turkey, but also attempt to communicate with each other without using words.

The whole time I was sitting there waiting on the turkey to step from behind the palmettos, I kept thinking, “I really don’t believe Billy wants me to take a shot at this bird, until I can make a clean kill. I believe that Billy would rather let the turkey go than have me miss it or booger it up.” “I know what you mean,” Macoy commented. “I kept thinking, ‘Well, the turkey is John’s. And if he wants to chance a shot, he can. But I sure do hope he waits until the bird gets into the open. Or, if the bird won’t come in, I hope John will sit still long enough to let the turkey walk off so we can move on the bird and try and call him again.”

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger ViewThe key to taking the swamp gobbler was having enough patience to wait the bird out. Although both Macoy’s and my nerves were strained almost to the limit, we knew that success lay in playing the waiting game. We both realized also that to hunt effectively we had to be able to communicate without words. I had to understand what Billy was thinking, and what he would do. He had to realize what I was thinking and figure out how I would act. When buddy hunting turkeys you not only have to try and outthink the turkey, you have to reason like your buddy. This makes the sport of turkey hunting far more exciting and challenging. If patience perseveres, you not only will have a turkey for the pot but also a lifetime memory to share with a hunting companion.

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About the Author

John Phillips, winner of the 2012 Homer Circle Fishing Award for outstanding fishing writer by the American Sportfishing Association (AMA) and the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA), the 2008 Crossbow Communicator of the year and the 2007 Legendary Communicator chosen for induction into the National Fresh Water Hall of Fame, is a freelance writer (over 6,000 magazine articles for about 100 magazines and several thousand newspaper columns published), magazine editor, photographer for print media as well as industry catalogues (over 25,000 photos published), lecturer, outdoor consultant, marketing consultant, book author and daily internet content provider with an overview of the outdoors. Click here for more information and a list of all the books available from John E. Phillips.

Check back each day this week for more about "When a Turkey Gobbler Answers – You have to be Patient"

Day 1: A Good Day of Turkey Hunting, But No Success in Taking a Turkey
Day 2: Locating the Turkeys You Want to Take
Day 3: Stand Location – One of the Most Important Ingredients for Successfully Taking a Gobbler
Day 4: The Critical Moments of Turkey Hunting to Take a Swamp Turkey
Day 5: Buddy Hunting For Turkeys Is Often Best

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Entry 714, Day 5