I cannot now remember how many days I have been hunting this gobbler,
but it has been many!

I should have walked away from this bird in favor of something more cooperative,
but I could not.

I have killed believing it was him, but only to find I was mistaken!

I have come close to shooting him, but only once.

I have scoured the woods only to find him strutting in the road within 100yds of my truck,
parked in plain sight.

More than once I have stood exactly where he had stood,
but 15 minutes ahead of me.

I have given up the hunt only to return the next day and find he showed himself 30 minutes after I departed.

I have sat patiently in a blind for 7 hours straight, only to have him strut to within 90yds of me and fade back down the road., offering no shot.

Now, on this next to the last day of the season, the hunt has come to an end for us both.Shot wad in gobblers feather pile 1

This game will be played no more!

I have shot the devil down!,
but only to watch him rise again,

Yes, I am sure of it, this was the devil!

Larry Stephens, 2:15 pm, April 19, 2014,
The Dike road, Quigley Bay.


Follow up….

I actually wrote that sitting in a blind waiting on this bird. All other options expended, I was reduced to just waiting him out on a grade that I knew, sometime that day, he would appear. I could hardly believe my eyes when I finally shot him and he jumps up and runs off, crippled for sure. A friend suggested I take a bird dog back and look for him. I had to recover this bird! Well, didn’t have a bird dog but I do have a bluetick named Lacy. I was incredible to watch. I put her on the track and in about 15 minutes she found him tucked in some sweet gum suckers, still alive!! I grabbed him by one foot and the final battle ensued. I finally choked him down and the day was mine! Guess he wasn’t a devil after all, just one wary old tom!

Lacy and I with the Devil Bird 4-19-14 sm

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