Gearfire’s Adam McLain is not new to successful hunting trips. This time around, he takes us on a journey through his home state of Arizona, and south of the border to Mexico for some great turkey hunting! The pics and video are awesome!
This post written by Adam McLain.
Arizona Turkey Hunt – April, 2017
Since I was a kid, the Spring turkey season has always been one of my favorite hunts to go on. This year, my dad and I drew early season tags here in Arizona, and in our favorite hunting unit. A week before the season started, I went on a scouting trip to locate birds and to setup camp for the following week. I was surprised with the amount of turkeys I found on the scouting trip. Having grown up hunting this area of Arizona, I had never seen so many Turkeys there before! This hunt was already looking very promising.
A week later, we got to camp the day before the hunt, and got one more last minute scout in. On opening morning, my Dad and I went our separate ways.
The sun was just coming up and I could hear 3 turkeys gobbling in the trees. I hiked in to what sounded like the closest turkey to me. At about 300-400 yards away from his roost tree, I set up the decoys, and waited for him to fly down. Once I heard him fly out of the tree, I started calling to get him to come in. I called this bird for over an hour before he committed on coming in.
Once he was in shotgun range, he came in hard to my left. Being a lefty myself, I couldn’t swing anymore left to get a shot. I didn’t want to move since he was only 30 yards from me. I stayed patient and waited for him to make the next move.
Luckily for me, this turkey decided to head towards my decoys! He was at 18 yards, and I filled his head full of 5, 6, 7 shot!
On a side note, the ammo I was using is made by Hevi-Shot. It is called Triple Beard, that has #5, #6 and #7 shot BB’s in it. I highly recommend this shot to all Turkey Hunters out there. It’s a game changer. You can get it HERE.
Mexico Turkey Hunt – May, 2017
I mentioned earlier that Spring Turkey hunting is one of my favorite hunts. I will travel anywhere to do it. A few days after hunting Arizona, I was on my way to Mexico to hunt Gould’s Turkey.
Deep into Mexico, an 11 hour drive from the Arizona border is where the journey took me. I have a bucket list of hunts I want to do in my lifetime, and Gould’s turkey is definitely on that list. The only places you can hunt Gould’s turkeys are Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico itself. And if you want to hunt Gould’s in AZ or NM, you are going to wait a lifetime to draw a tag for this species. It’s not like a Merriam’s turkey. You can draw a tag almost every year in AZ for those. So my only option was Mexico, and it was well worth the drive.
We arrived in Mexico just before dark, and were able to locate some birds to hunt the next morning. I hardly got any sleep that night because a hunt I have been wanting to do for 20 years was finally here!
The next morning, I was in the field, setup in the area where I heard the turkeys the night before. It was still early, about an hour before the sun would be rising. As it started to get grey light outside, I could hear 8 or so turkeys gobbling around me. Once the sun was rising, I heard the turkeys fly out of the trees around me.
I started calling, and within minutes I had 2 big Toms and 3 Hens about 50 yards in front of me. If I had a shotgun, there would have been no problem taking a shot, but this time I had my bow with me. Those turkeys never stopped for a shot opportunity.
Still hearing other turkey around me, I stayed in the same spot and kept calling. The turkeys were calling back to me, but didn’t seem like they were coming in. I stopped calling for 15 minutes to let things settle down. As soon as I started calling again, two Toms gobbled right behind me! They were just a few feet away from me, and I had no idea until I heard them. After circling to my left, they came straight to my decoys. I pulled back my bow and let the arrow fly.
It was all over now. I waited a long time to do this hunt, and it only took about 2 hours. It was bitter sweet, but I was pumped that I just took a HUGE Gould’s turkey with my bow and checked a dream off the bucket list.
Feel free to check out my short video of the Gould’s hunt. Wait until you see just how close those birds were to me!