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Nice to see the lady's doing what they were built for!

I bunny hunted for a day with Miss Faith and she shot tradlites with 200grs. up front like lazers!

Good Luck BMN, are you hunting turkeys?

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Hey Curt,

Yes I plan on taking Faith turkey hunting. Season opened today but I'll have to wait until the weekend at least. This little gal should handle well in the blind.

I shot some AD lites and Grizzly Stik sitkas through her last night with 175 grs up front. The sitka's did a little better than the AD's. I'll give 200 grs a try and see how that works.

Bill

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I was finally able to get Faith out for a turkey hunt. Following is my entry into the Faith journal for the day.

4/7/09
What a great day of turkey hunting! I just wish I could say the same for my shooting. Went out this morning and got set-up in an old bean field along a wooded creek bottom. Birds have traditionally roosted along the creek and come to the field to feed and strut. As the sun came up, I heard several gobbles along the creek and 4-5 were less than hundred yards away. Game on! I gave a few soft yelps and then waited for fly down. After hearing the birds fly down I started ramping up the calling. A quick peek out the back of the blind revealed two toms working their way towards my set-up. The first tom was double bearded and the second approached in full strut. They were both headed for my decoys and I readied Faith for the shot that was sure to come. The birds approached quickly and in no time were 20 yards out. I thought for sure they would head straight to my jake decoy just 10 yards in front of the blind. But instead they popped their heads up and were suddenly on full alert. They didn't like something and turned to walk away. I figured it was now or never so I drew Faith and let her fly. The arrow just skimmed the side of the double bearded bird, not even pulling a feather. A clean miss. The birds stuck around a few minutes out in the middle of the bean field before wandering off to the north.
Before they exited the field two more turkeys stepped into the field about 200 yards further down the creek bottom. Both of these birds were adult toms but they didn't seen interested in my decoys or calls at all. They eventually left the field following the same path as the first two birds. Shortly after they left, I noticed two turkeys at the far end of the field about 400 yards away. A quick check with the binoculars confirmed that they were both adult toms as well. I started calling and they slowly made their way across the bean field. They would strut and gobble every now and then but were in no hurry to get to the other side of the field. Once they got about 75 yards outside my decoys one of the birds finally made a break for it and starting running toward the decoys. The other bird would have none of that and joined the chase. The race was on! They were both running side-by-side and bumping into each other trying to cut the other one off. They reminded me of two Nascar drivers trading paint down the back stretch of a big race. I readied for the shot that was sure to come very soon. The problem was theses two birds did the same thing as the first two. As soon as they got to within about 20 yards they stopped and got very nervous. They knew something was not right and started walking away. I took a shot as they walked off but shot right over their back. Another clean miss.
That was it for the day. I never heard or saw another turkey but the first hour and a half was some of the fastest turkey action I have ever experienced. A day I will remember for a long time.
I enjoyed my time with Faith and really appreciate the opportunity to take a small part in this great Tradgang tradition. Thanks to Terry, Brent, Dick, and everyone else who makes this happen. Great job guys!
Good luck to those remaining on the Faith list. Hopefully I got all the misses out of her.

Good Hunting,
Bill

Here are a few pictures from my day in the field with Faith.

Her small stature makes for a perfect blind bow.
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The set-up. How many bows do you think are in that hedge row? The osage in Faith is beautiful.
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Faith outside the blind.
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All packed up and ready for the walk out. Faith's light weight make her a joy to carry.
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Well that's it. I'm going to pack Faith up this weekend and send her to the beautiful Missouri Ozarks. Good luck Scott! Keep us posted.

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Faith is now in SW Missouri and waiting for some turkey action next Monday.

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Good Luck..... I think I have her for the second part of our season....

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Hope is in North Carolina!!! OHHHHHYYEEEEAAAAHHH!!!!

David

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Bill, Thank you so much for the turkey hunt. Felt like I was in the blind along side. That is a great spot you got there. Thank you for adding to the journey.

Brent

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Took Faith for a turkey hunt in the rain this morning. Turkeys were talking but none would cooperate with us. We will try again tomorrow and hopefully get a picture or two.

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Jonesin' for a Hope update...I like that lady!

Killdeer [archer]

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And the song, from beginning to end, I found again in the heart of a friend.

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Faith and I got set up early this morning.
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But this guy was more of a lover than a fighter!
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I guess he figured with 3 hens why fight a stupid jake for two more. [Smile]
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Alas, due to work and other unforseen events, my time with Hope was reduced to backyard shooting. She's a great little bow that I had "Hoped" to chase turkeys with, but it was not to be. I reluctantly put her in the mail yesterday. It has been such a treat just to hold a bow that has been touched by many and will touch many more in the future...

David

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Faith and I were milliseconds from sending a shaft at a turkey this morning but they either saw some movement from me or a decoy and got nervous and never presented a clean shot. I have now got her packed and ready to continue the journey tomorrow. Thanks to everyone who made our time together possible. I am really looking forward to my new sheepeater now!

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Great pics Scott! Thanks for sharing.

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Faith is now in Texas for some turkey hunting...Hopefully all goes well...BLM

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Glad she made it down Barry, I was just getting ready to get on the USPS sight and check to see if you had gotten her yet.

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