Congrats on the successful hunt and welcome to the thread.
Nice job dermott!Had a fun, productive opening day archery hunt. Morning had a gobbler hammering on the roost at about 100 yards but didn’t get him in. Saw 6 hens and 1 Jake go to him which trumped my calling! The Jake did come into my decoys doing a fighting purr but did not jump my Dakota Jake. After a while same group cross back across the field and a mature but quiet gobbler at 100 yards strutted and 2 hens went to him.
After lunch I set up Dakota Jake with a new to me Avian Breeder hen. About 3:30 p.m. the dominant gobbler crossed the field and went straight to Jake decoy about 15 yards from where I was and I made a good shot with him facing me into the vitals a few inches above his beard. He was really heavy and had an 11 inch beard and 1.5 inch hooks.
My hunting partner heard gobbling early but only saw 1 hen.
The next morning We went to my spot and I just observed as saving 2nd tag for gun season. We heard 2 Gobblers and 1 came to 40 yards behind us. Partner is handicapped so uses a shotgun but we could not see the gobbler behind us and he left. Cannot wait to get there next week for gun season!
Nice bird! Mine was about the same.I took this one yesterday while hunting by myself so only a pic of the bird from my cellphone.
He was about 20 lbs with a 9 1/2" beard and 1" spurs.
We only keep sows between 75-125#s and the meat is in an ice chest in less than 45mins. My favorites are pulled pork from shoulders or the hams and a stuffed pork tenderloin recipe I have for the backstraps.Wild pig would definitely make some good eating especially if one knows how to dress the hog. How do Texans prepare Racoon?:wink: