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Spring Trifecta

(Photo courtesy MidwayUSA) (Photo courtesy MidwayUSA)

By: Larry Potterfield, MidwayUSA CEO/Founder

It may be quite a stretch for some folks, as the word “trifecta” is applied to spring turkey hunting in Missouri, especially for those who know horse racing. But for any hunter who’s been fortunate enough to shoot a gobbler during Missouri’s spring turkey season, pick a batch of mushrooms, and finally find an arrowhead, using the word Trifecta may not seem such a stretch.

It was the 12th day of the 21-day turkey season, but only my fourth morning in the woods. In my previous three outings, I had hunted pretty passively, sitting by Raymond’s food plot (named after Brenda’s dad) and waiting for the turkeys to come to me, which didn’t work. Well, it kind of worked; the turkeys did come to the food plot, but not close enough to be of interest; and close is really important when you’re turkey hunting.

This fourth morning was different. First, I was hunting with my friend, Matt, and second, the plan was to go to the birds, to be more aggressive. We walked to the north end of the food plot and when we arrived about 5:45 a.m., we made an owl call and listened to several responses.

The nearest bird was in the southwest corner of the food plot, about 500 yards away, so we walked back to the south end, then turned west into the woods. Crossing a small ditch, we set up near some cedar trees on the side of the hill. It was a classic hunt; we were only about 100 yards out, and the bird was still on the roost. Matt called him in and I made the shot. One and done at 6:12 a.m. A pretty short turkey hunt!

(Photo courtesy MidwayUSA)
(Photo courtesy MidwayUSA)

The mushrooms were simply “in the way” as we walked through the woods back to the pickup; no real effort, no real mushroom hunt. Sometimes it works that way.

Now, the arrowhead was a different story. Matt and I moved to a place called Patton Farm to try for his turkey. There was a small creek running through the southeast corner of the farm, only about 200 yards long. Halfway up the creek, in a couple inches of water, was the arrowhead. Perhaps that morning, Matt and I added new meaning to the word “trifecta.”

(Photo courtesy MidwayUSA)
(Photo courtesy MidwayUSA)

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