The Life Of A Bowhunter In Turkey Season: Day 12

Freelance outdoor writer and Kentucky pro shop owner Royle Scrogham scores on a Centennial State bird.
The Life Of A Bowhunter In Turkey Season: Day 12

Yes, I know it’s been a few days since the last blog post, but turkey season is wrapping up and I’ve been busy catching up on my work for our print titles. That said, I did, of course, manage to get back into the woods for an evening hunt in my home state of Colorado.

Joining me in the woods was my good friend and freelance outdoor writer Royle Scrogham. Not only is Royle a passionate bowhunter, but he also own and operates his own pro shop, Wolpack Outdoors LLC. Check him out on Facebook at Wolfpack Outdoors LLC.

Roy came to the Centennial State to shadow me for a few days and learn more about the ins and outs of becoming an outdoor writer. Yes, I agree, he could’ve picked a better mentor. Anyway, we did manage to make it into a turkey blind for an evening and over the course of three hours managed to call four separate hens into the Avian-X decoys. It was awesome. One particular hen opted to kick and peck the head of the Laydown fake. However, not a single tom or jake wandered within range.

With time waning and Roy’s hopes of punching a Colorado tag fading, we opted to exit the blind, toss on Roy’s Heads Up ( Decoy and go check a new spot. We’d just rounded a corner in the bend of the creek when Roy spotted them – a group of jakes, a lone tom and a few hens. A few soft yelps and the sight of the Heads Up had the hens headed our way with the jakes and tom in tow. The problem: The hens were first on the scene and locked up at 20 yards. A single jake spied the decoy only six-yards behind the lead hen. Raising up to clear the brush in front of him, Roy settled his pin on his Montana Black Gold ( and released a good arrow. The jake didn’t make it far, and Roy was thrilled to have punched a tag with such a limited amount of time to hunt.

Sometimes you have to step outside the norm – throw caution to the wind – and simply go make something happen. This theory, at least in my opinion, holds true regardless of the animal you’re chasing with your stick-and-string.


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