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Michael Stenstrom

My new Kestrel strikes hard

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Michael Stenstrom

Had a great first hunt with my new Tolke Kestrel II.  I can't say enough good things about this little bow.  I started out working a bird that was roosted close to my set up in the woods.  Of course he did not use the open landing spot and alley way I expected him to, but came in from the side with 7 jakes.  For some reason he did not like my hen and DSD Jake and slunk off with his entourage.  I use a little half round blind from LL Bean and thought he might have seen me.  I know the two jakes that snuck up from behind did as they alarm putted for quite a while.  That didn't deter the tom and two of his original 8 from coming back and still spooking at the decoy after I did a bunch of calling.  Another tom was closing in but circled out of sight and continued on.  

 
With no active birds around I packed up, returned to the truck and traded the jake decoy for another hen.  Climbing back up the hill I proceeded to check and move a game camera (it was a dual purpose trip).  When I got close to a field I gave some yelps on my box call and got an immediate response.  I found a wide spot in an old skidder trail leading to the field and set up.  The opening was only about 7 yards in diameter.  I did some calling and the birds would respond every time, but seemed stuck in place.  
 
After about 15 minutes I decided to pack up, swing around them and get to power line at the upper end of the field.  I figured they would move that way better.  Just as I had the blind all disassembled and rolled up they cut loose with a gobble half way to my location.  I quickly reset the blind and sat back down.  In stead of coming down the field and up the skidder trail they were coming straight through the thick popple regrowth.  I caught a glimpse as they got close and then there was a longbeard followed by a second in strut.  When the strutter stepped into my shooting window I drew and when he lifted his head into a half strut I released.  The arrow hit about two inches higher than I was aiming.  It whistled through his head and he just sat down.  The second tom didn't know what happened and I could have gotten a shot at him if I wasn't already tagged out, taking my first allotted bird with a shotgun earlier in the week.  The Treeshark broadhead did an amazing job.  I have found out I get 1/4 rotation every 8 yards on my arrows.  
17lbs, 14 ozs. , 8.5" beard, 3/4" spurs
 

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Coalman

Congrats Mike. That was an exciting story.

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MoSpaniels

Twack...thanks for taking us along.

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Mark Stella/WV

Nice bird, nice shot, and nice bow. I shoot sticks and strings too. :)

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Brad Eden

Nice job trad man. Nice job.

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Irishwhistler

NICE hunt Mike.?

 

TEAM TRAD☘️

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vabirddog

very cool, Congrats!

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polecat

Nice. Gotta love your dedication to stick and string. Congrats.

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MAArcher

Nice.  Any bird with a bow is a trophy, never mind no training wheels!

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TTSpringers

Congrats!  Great story and heck of an accomplishment with that beautiful bow. 

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Michael Stenstrom

The bow is a thing of beauty, the back and belly laminates are mirrored and bookended Bocote.

 

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oh and deadly!

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SODAKer

Michael,

Who is the maker of the box call pictured? 

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Brad Eden
4 minutes ago, SODAKer said:

Michael,

Who is the maker of the box call pictured? 

 

Mikes a talented boy...knife maker....and he made that box call. He's a UJ Ad Sponsor as well. Outdoorsmans Edges Site

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Michael Stenstrom

I have been having a discussion on Brad's find the right bird thread with Todd McCutheon (mccuha) about the call.  I used a pattern of an old South Carolina call maker named Neil Cost.  I don't claim to be the call maker he was, but they work well on my Maine birds.

 

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TJK68

Congrats on that bird!!!!! Mr. Cost is a call making legend for sure, that is a very nice looking call you made. Toelke makes nice bows, I have had a couple, I switched to shooting ASL'S or "Hill" style as some call them, and sold the Toelke's. Anyway nice job...

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