Eagle vs. Turkey

In early April I was sitting in my ground blind waiting for the sun to rise. I had placed two hens, and a Jake decoy to my right. When daylight came I started to use my turkey call. I spotted five hens and three mature gobblers coming out of the woods and into the field about 225 yards away. I began to use my turkey call with the hopes that I could attract the birds to where I was sitting. Instead they went back into the woods.

The next morning I placed my decoys in the spot where the turkeys had entered the woods the day before. As daylight approached I began to call. I made several putts, and then all of a sudden I heard what sounded like a turkey landing on the ground behind me. I slowly turned around, but I couldn’t see or hear anything. I began to use my call again, and all of a sudden I heard what sounded like wings flapping. A loud thud came from the area of my decoys. As I turned toward the decoys, I saw what appeared to be a gobbler on top of my hen decoy. As I was getting ready to take the safety off of my gun, what I thought was a gobbler, lifted my decoy into the air. It flew about 20 yards and dropped the decoy. As it flew I was able to see a white under belly, and a white head. It was a Bald Eagle! If I would have taken the shot it would have been a very costly mistake. It could have been a $5,000 fine and possibly imprisonment because the Bald Eagle is a national bird.

I walked over and picked up my decoy, which was now in three pieces. I could see where the eagle’s talons poked holes in the decoy. I guess it figured out that the decoy would not have made a very tasty lunch.

This has to be one of the wildest turkey hunting experiences that I ever had, and one that I will never forget.

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