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12 hour drive, 2 hour turkey hunt

Tim Rigg waited many months to come turkey hunting in Kansas. He invested weeks in preparation and made the 12 hour drive last Saturday, then spent a restless night waiting for daylight.Tim Rigg spent must of Saturday night in this pop-up blind, waiting for the opening of archery turkey season.And all for a two hour turkey hunt.

Sometimes success lets you down.

Via e-mails, Rigg said he once lived in Wichita for four years. He fell in love with the state’s hunting and shot his first turkeys while a Kansan. Though he’s moved to Wisconsin, he annually returns to hunt deer, ducks, pheasants and spring turkeys.

So Saturday he made the 12 hour drive so he could squeeze in a few hours of scouting before the season opened Sunday morning. Rigg was hunting public land he didn’t want to identify. He did say he’s had very good success on wildlife areas and Walk In Hunting Area properties, including shooting a huge tom with four beards several years ago.

Saturday evening’s scouting of a favored field didn’t show a lot, but he decided to hunt the spot anyway. Unable to sleep in his truck, in the middle of the night he headed to the field, set out his decoys and napped off and on in his pop-up blind while he awaited daylight.

He heard no gobbles early, but an hour after daylight first heard, then saw a flock heading his way. When they got close, two big toms charged his decoys.

Rigg was using one jake and two hen decoys made by Dave Smith Decoys. They’re known for incredible, life-like detail and sell for about $150 or more each. One hen was standing and the other squatted like ready for breeding. The jake fake had a non-threatening posture.Tim Rigg with two toms he shot after driving 12 hours from Wisconsin, then hunting two hours on a public hunting area.Rigg said the two toms began to thrash his jake decoy. His first shot was a direct hit…on the decoy. He tried again and dropped one tom on the spot. As turkeys often do, the other tom simply ignored the dying bird and kept attacking the decoy. Another arrow quickly killed that tom, too. The limit is two bearded turkeys per spring over most of Kansas so Riggs was done.

Disappointed his hunt ended so soon? Hardly. Rigg headed back to Wisconsin and is already preparing for his next trip to Kansas.

“I think Kansas (has) the best hunting in the nation,” Rigg said in his e-mail. “I’m also sure the Kansas lifetime hunting license is BY FAR the best hunting purchase I’ve ever made.