Grit

GET LOST IN GROUND BLINDS

t was well before sunrise on opening day of the 2019 Kansas spring firearm turkey season. I didn’t bust any turkeys from their roosts as I snuck into the timber and settled into a brush blind near a large oak tree. As the eastern sky began to lighten, a crow cawed. Gobbles of tom turkeys erupted from the trees about 80 yards to the east. I thought to myself, “This is the perfect setup. Perhaps after daybreak, I’ll call them over.” The toms gobbled again. The next gobble almost knocked me over because it was so close. I slowly turned my head and scanned the limbs above for the bird. I located him in a tree a few yards to the west, 25 feet off the ground. Against the slate-colored sky, I saw another tom roosted in a tree 30 yards to the south. With their

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