Just got back from north central Kansas turkey hunting. The first evening of my hunt, this turkey was about 300 yards out and was acting like he wanted to come in but just wasn't going to. Every time he would look off and act like he was leaving, I would throw out some hard cuts and yelps. After a couple of minutes of this he started coming in. If he stopped I would yelp fairly lightly, just enough to keep his interest. The turkey finally came all the way in to my jake decoy at 20 yards where I shot him. He dropped where he stood. I mean he didn't take a step.
Two other birds were off to one side of him and slowly coming in also but were hanging up at about 150 yards. I finally got them to come in where one of them stayed at about 35 yards and the other came right over to my jake and the first bird I shot. I had two tags so I shot this one also. I hit this one maybe 2" higher than the first bird and I really expected him to go down also.
He started walking off into some taller milo stubble and I kept thinking he was going to drop but he kept going. By the time I realized he was not going to go down he was to far out in cover to shoot again. All this time I was lightly calling hoping to get him to stop. When he got out of sight in the creek bottom about 90 yards away I took off after him. I found his blood trail and trailed him about another 60 yards where I lost the trail right before some private land.
I searched for that bird for two hours until it got dark and never found him. I think he went onto the private ground but I really cant say for sure. I went back the next morning and still never found him. I hunted again that evening kind of half-heartedly. I felt like I had killed my second bird and was unable to retrieve him so I punched my second tag and called it a day.
I really hate to see an animal go to waste. I have been bow hunting pretty much exclusively now for 7 years and this is the first animal I haven't retrieved.