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Best Story Category - Dean Wiegand
Perch Fishing for a day on Lake Erie
Started out this May 20th with high hopes of bagging a big tom which I had heard roosting in a particular spot. I had been in the wrong position a few times in the past but today I was going to approach him at a different angle.
I got to where I wanted to be with plenty of time left to hear the first morning gobbles. I waited a few minutes and then.... GRRROOOBBLLEEE from across the street. YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME?!?! I waited a few more minutes to see if my tom was in his spot. GRRROOBBLLEEE!! Across the street again. Well, time to beat feet! I took off back across the field and crossed the street. (still legal hunting grounds) by the time I got anywhere near where this ol' tom was roosted, the entire woods was gobbling. At least 4 other birds were sounding off, including the one I was in search of first thing in the morning. I'm here now, and close at that, so I decided to set up on this one.
Soft tree yelps seemed to be doing the trick. A fly down flap with my hat and I was certain this big boy was coming in. Much to my dismay, I think I got a little to close. I watched the big boy fly down off the roost, and he may have saw me as well. He gobbled a few more times heading away from me and then silence. Other birds are still sounding off and I have a good idea of where this other tom is heading.
I made a move to outflank him, through a few creek bottoms and I'm there. Just a small hill and I'm in a stretch of woods adjacent to a big green field. Slowly I make my way to the summit of the hill as to not spook the tom. I set up with 2 hen decoys out in front of me at about 20 yards. I give a few soft yelps with no response. Maybe more aggressive is what he is after. GRRROOBBLLEEE!!! THERE YA ARE!!! He's now answering me consistently but won't come in. Do I move again or stay put? 10 minutes of this nonsense is enough.
I quickly pack up my hens and back down the hill part way for some cover. I head about 100 yards down the patch of woods to get on the other side of him. I sneak up to the crest of the hill again and find a tree. No decoys this time. I break out my North Bay glass pot one more time and give some aggressive yelps and a few clucks. GRRROOOBBLLEEE!!! Ok big boy. LET'S DANCE! Yelps again. GRRROOOBBLLEEE!!!! Closer this time. HE'S COMIN! Gun at the ready. It only takes him about 8 minutes to close the gap.
There's movement! Safety off. Steady Dean. Wait til he's in range. He will come. He's there now. Wait for him to pick his head up. BOOM!!! GAME OVER! WHAT AN AWESOME HUNT! Spring turkey never fails to get my heart racing! This ol' boy had a 9 1/2 inch beard and a 1 1/4 inch right spur and a 3/4 inch left spur.(unfortunately he broke it off, probably in a fight) He definitely made my morning.... and my Spring 2014 season!
Best Picture Category - Luciano Cuzzola
Custom engraved North Bay Toxin and Corvus (crow call)
My name is Lucian Cuzzola, recently this year I lost my father on February 19th due to complications with Multiple Sclerosis. We both were highly anticipating this up coming spring gobbler season. Unfortunately, our 2014 hunt would not take place. In memory of my father, I had received a gift. The gift was a custom NB Toxin engraved with the etching "It is what it is- JC". It was my Father's signature phrase. On May, 3rd, I used my "JC" call to lure in a gobbler along side two dear friends of my Father's. I harvested this bird in memory of my Father.
Biggest Longbeard - Rory Rhoades
New North Bay Hat & T-shirt
23#, 9" beard, 7/8" spurs
My Son Rory Harvested this fine 23# gobbler with 9" tri-colored beard and 7/8" matching spurs the first morning of the Ohio youth season. Rory was working a Beretta Pintail 12 gauge 3" Activ w/2oz nickel plated 5's. (yes, Activ's from secret stash) I was working a custom North Bay call made with a feather from his first turkey laid under the glass. (thanks again Steve).
Between the hens and gobbler behind us in field and a gobblers out front it was a hell of a racket in the early hours of the morning. I wasn't sure who was coming more unglued the hen in field scorning the imposters in her field or Rory trying not to bust out in laughter at me sassing back to the hen on the North Bay call. All the while the gobblers were trying to impress there authority as boss gobblers. Since the gobblers coming from front were continuing on there course to us. Rory prepared for there deadly intersection. I continued to agitate the hen and gobbler just behind us.
Not but a minute or so after settling in position Rory says, there he is! "What?" I thought. The gobbler is still gobbling at maybe a hundred yards out in woods gobbling away. I slowly peak out the blind, yep there's another gobbler 15yds away in full strut! He had came in quiet in front of the other gobbler. With all things checking out for the shot I gave Rory the green light to take the tom. Flash, bang, Flop Rory totally smoked him!
KY coyote taken with a NB Hyde Hunter by Dan H.____________________________________
Gil and Dan (River Boss) testing the waters with their new NB BadMojo's last season...nice take guys!
|Custom Engraving Now Available
Do you have a fundraising banquet coming up? How about a club hunt contest? Did your son just shoot his first turkey? Or maybe you just want to get a call unique and personalized that you can say is all your own. We are now able to do laser engraving on calls to give them that little extra flare.
Not sure of the design you want? We can help you with that as well. Just let us know the basics and we'll submit designs for your approval prior to creating your call.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and pricing, which is actually pretty reasonable. Below are just a few examples of calls we have already been making. More customized calls will be added when they are completed. Just click on the picture for a larger view.