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May 28

Memorial Weekend & the fish are biting!

After a long month and a half of chasing turkeys, it was very nice to put away the blinds & decoys and grab the kids & the fishing rods, jump in the boat and go fishing! The water temps are still on the cool side but the fishing was still very good. Between Emma & Zach Hein & Grandpa - we boated several nice fish, including Zach's first largemouth bass!  

We were on a small central Minnesota lake near Mille Lacs, where Jim Kalkofen, Cobi Hood & Kevin where fishing for walleyes. They scored some nice fish but all were too big!

Please send us your fishing pictures from this spring and continue to send them this summer!!

From all of us at Flatline Productions & Flatline Outdoors - have a safe fun-filled memorial weekend & a great summer! We'll see you on the water!!

May 26

It was about 3:30 in the afternoon and we had just moved to a different spot
when we heard some gobbling.

Corey and I set the blind up and I started working the mouth call. With multiple responses it didn't take these birds long to start working our direction. It didn't take long until I could see 2 Toms coming right at us through the woods about 80 yrds out.

I started calling softly and these birds were coming on a rope. When they got close, I could see the one looked like it was double bearded, so I focused on that one. They came right into the decoys and I let him have it with the Bullhead.

When I got to the bird I could not believe how thick the beard was. After looking closer, I realized it had 4 beards, WOW!!

24lbs, 4 beards, and 1" 1/4 spurs, Longest beard is 12"

Unbelievable Video! Thanks Corey for videoing it!
This has truly been a season I will never forget!

Sam

May 19

My name is Wyatt and I got to go turkey hunting with my dad and cousin on my Grandpa's property.

We went out after school and we were stilling for a long time and I was
getting pretty bored cause they couldn't call any birds in for me.

Finally with only a half an hour to hunt, we had 3 or 4 jakes come from behind the
blind at 30 yrds.

My Dad got me set up with the 20 gauge and I put the sight right on his head and down he went.

YES! I have just smoked a turkey my first time hunting. I AM
SO PUMPED.

Thanks Dad, Sam and Weston for helping me get a Turkey!!

Wyatt

May 19

I got this nice Tom after he came in and checked out our decoys.

I let him dance for a little bit and then shot him right thru the body and he fell over at 20 yrds.

23 lbs 10 inch beard and 1 inch spurs

Mitch

May 17

I took my 10 year old daughter out hunting Tuesday night, and man it was awesome! I got some great footage of it, and also have footage of a hen that showed up before the tom did, and a hen and rooster pheasant chasing each other and it looks like the rooster trying to strut and do some mating rituals. Pretty cool.

We headed up to my in-laws 120 acres of land after school to a blind that was already setup and waiting for us, but the turkeys didn't wait for us. A tom and 2 hens were right in front of the blind when we pulled in the driveway, so we did the only thing we could which was slowly walk towards them and let them leave the field.

We climbed into the blind about 4:15 and within a half hour we had a hen out feeding in the field. She came and went for an hour or so along with a fox squirrel and a rooster and hen pheasant who were doing some mating rituals which was really cool to see!

At about 6:30 I peeked out the blind towards another field and there he was 65 yards away struttin with 3 hens running in circles around him! After a few clucks and purrs the hens started heading for my 2 hen and jake decoys and of course he followed. He was more interested in punishing my jake decoy than trying to add to his harem so that brought him to 10 yards in front of the blind!

As he circled my decoy, about to pounce, Autumn let him have it with a 20 gauge to the skull! Lights Out!! After a few seconds of silence due to the shock at what just happened I saw the biggest smile I've ever seen on her face followed by " Dad I got him, I got him!" She was so excited and I was so proud of how she stayed calm and made her 1 shot count.

Out of all the great hunts I've been on, this one's at the top of the list and the fact that we got it all on film makes it so much sweeter!!

20lbs 8 3/4 inch beard 5/8 inch spurs

Jeremiah & Autumn Alderman

May 17

I have been behind the camera for a month and finally it is my turn to release an arrow and... YES I DID.

We got set up early afternoon and about an hour later this tom came right to the decoy. Bad mistake on the birds part. I let him check out the decoys for a minute and then sent a rage through his cage!!!

23 lbs 10 inch beard and 1 inch spurs.

Thanks to all who have made this spring so successful.
Corey

May 17

This is a bearded hen I shot at 30 yrds. Connor and I were hunting a hay field and it was 80 degrees and felt like 100 in the blind.

We couldn't get any toms to come and play. So when I saw a 5 inch beard on this hen, I had to shoot.

It is rare to ever shoot a bearded hen.

Thanks for getting it on film!!!
Jeff

May 17

I had a gun tag for the late season in central Minnesota. Only had a couple of times to go out. My boss makes me work like a dog!!

We went out at 5:30 pm and by 6:30 we had a hen come by and finally got a
tom to come within 40 yrds for a shot. I put some projectiles towards the bird and down goes frazier!!!!

23 lbs 10 inch beard and 1 inch spurs

Thanks for the memory!!
Wes

May 17

What a season we have had! So many wonderful turkey moments with kids and friends. I finally got a bird after missing 2 different birds. One in Wisconsin and 1
in Minnesota.

He hung up at 20 yards, but I was able to move in the blind to take the shot. Hit him up the back and found him about 80 yards away.

22 lbs 9 inch beard and 1 inch spurs.

Thanks to Sam, Connor, Mitch, Corey, Peter and Tony. You guys have worked so hard this spring to help take so many people out hunting and video taping them.

Peter now that I am tagged out I will no longer be needing any meetings for the "MISS CLUB"!! Thanks Buddy!!

May 14

FLATLINE OUTDOOR'S PETE HEIN SCORES NICE TOM IN DOUBLE SET SHOOT OUT!

It was a cold over cast morning. As Flatline Outdoor's Sam Pullar, Connor & Clay Thompson and Pete Hein pulled into their hunting spot in central Minnesota, expectations were high. The area is known for tons of turkeys and with the hens clutched out and nested up, the Toms are really on the move trying to find some companionship. So slipping stealthfully into the roosting section of the property, the team set up 2 Primos Darkhorse blinds & 1 set of decoys - the she-mobile & custom T2 - Primos Killer B Tom with 360 chassis. As the small tactical team entered their darkhorse hide-outs, the woods began to awake.

It was well before 5 am, and the Toms were already firing off "Hello Ladys-Good Morning!" - from the tree tops. As we focused on the sounds of the turkey woods, the horizon began to lighten, and birds started hitting the ground. As Sam & Connor warmed their HD cameras, Clay & Pete landed arrows on rests & fist bumped through the blind windows, as the morning action was about to heat up.

Turkeys had us surrounded. The entire time we were out there, there was a Tom with a giant beard no more than 70 yards from the blind. Toms would come into the ridge we were on, and go off chasing hens as they would yelp and cluck. Sam would call and we would get responses from almost every direction & distance. It was very exciting. We had one Tom come in and leave multi times as the time passed, quickly.

Finally, off to our hard left, 2 giant return Gobbles!! - we had visual contact with these 2 mature Toms within minutes, and with Sam's sweet music, they were coming in on a string! As these 2 giant birds came waltzing in, beard just a swinging, they would pop in & out of full strut, and they had giant round tails! Awesome, simply awesome.

As the birds approached, I prayed in the blind, I gave thanks to the Lord for answered prayers. As the Toms came closer, there was a complete peace. I glanced over at Sam, his eyes glued to the HD camera's screen, his passion showing in his eyes - a truly blessed young man, God given talent! I glanced then to Clay & Connors blind, both poised ready for action. The time shared between a father & a son - one's love being passed to the next generation, making & sharing life long memories - this is truly what it's all about. Being able to share something like this with your brothers - amazing. I truly can say, prayers were unfolding before our very eyes.

Clay was up! Time to Rock! The plan: Clay, head whack a turkey in the decoys. Then when his buddy was using him as a turkey tramp-o-lean, Pete would snizzle a hammerhead into his chest, and done deal, Bob's your uncle, game over! 2 dead turkeys, high 5, hug, and go home - no more getting up early, for a few days, sleepy time!

As the two Toms made the decoys, the 1st bird rubbed up against T2, as Clay carefully came to full draw. Both birds were strutting, poising, and then the Tom on the decoy stopped and froze in a lowered posture. Clay loosed his arrow tipped with a bullhead - a glancing blow! Just off the turkeys beak!! - Oh no! As the 2 Toms spun to leave, they ran out to about 15 yards and began to 'Putt!' - Pete came to full draw and lowered the boom on the 1st Tom's buddy! - Smack! Right up the back & out the chest. The luminok showing the arrows path, the Toms ran into the brush!

We could see the Toms through the brush, 2 went in, and 1 came out. Our plan was so close to complete, just mere millimeters. The lucky Tom who escaped death today will have to find a new buddy. Pete scored his 3rd bow kill! 22 pounds, 10-1/8" Beard & 1-1/8" spurs! What an exciting hunt and the HD footage is unreal.

Thanks to my brothers Clay Connor & Sam. This was one of my most memoriable hunts. It was truly a blessed day in the turkey woods. I owe this turkey to my buddy Sam. His outstanding calling & extrordinary quickness :) was what got this hunt done! - Thank you very much Hopper!

FROM ALL OF US AT FLATLINE PRODUCTIONS INC & FLATLINE OUTDOORS, CONGRATULATIONS!
The next meeting for the - "I just missed a turkey, again" - support group is this coming tuesday evening 7pm - bring your own tissues, for the tears!! (Sorry Buddy :)

May 14

Flatline Outdoors sets up blind & drops off some equipment - 1st time hunter bags his 1st bird!

This is an unbelievable story. Flatline Outdoors sets up blind for hunt, drops off a bow for a young man to practice with because he wants to try turkey hunting, and the rest is history. If you are a long-time turkey hunter, thats had tough luck, this story is not for you.......beware, it may haunt your dreams!

I was using a bow that I had never shot before today. I practiced a bit, took 4 shots at 20 yards and felt comfortable with shooting the bow. I walked out to the blind and there was a turkey already out there. It ran away so I got into the blind and sat for about 15 min. After that 15 minutes, I saw a turkey about 100 yards away walking away from me. I didn't have a call so I decided to try calling it with my mouth.

After I called, he stopped right where he was and was looking around for a bit, then he turned around and faced me. I gave a couple more calls and he started coming towards me. He came straight in all the way until he was 30 yards away. He cornered away behind a bunch of trees and brush. When he stepped right in between 2 trees, I pulled back and the stupid arrow fell off the rest, so I let off again and he saw me. He started walking straight away when I pulled back and leaned a few feet away from the blind wall and I took a quick shot.

I hit him dead centered in the back and he dropped right there and flipped & flopped around a bit, I put the bow down and jumped straight out of the window and ran towards him. He died almost immediately after I shot him. Thank you Clay for letting me use the bow and the blind. The turkey weighed 25 pounds even, had an 11 inch beard, and 1 1/2 inch spurs.

-Dillon

May 10

Flatline Outdoors sets up blind & drops off some equipment - 1st time hunter bags his 1st bird!

This is an unbelievable story. Flatline Outdoors sets up blind for hunt, drops off a bow for a young man to practice with because he wants to try turkey hunting, and the rest is history. If you are a long-time turkey hunter, thats had tough luck, this story is not for you.......beware, it may haunt your dreams!

I was using a bow that I had never shot before today. I practiced a bit, took 4 shots at 20 yards and felt comfortable with shooting the bow. I walked out to the blind and there was a turkey already out there. It ran away so I got into the blind and sat for about 15 min. After that 15 minutes, I saw a turkey about 100 yards away walking away from me. I didn't have a call so I decided to try calling it with my mouth.

After I called, he stopped right where he was and was looking around for a bit, then he turned around and faced me. I gave a couple more calls and he started coming towards me. He came straight in all the way until he was 30 yards away. He cornered away behind a bunch of trees and brush. When he stepped right in between 2 trees, I pulled back and the stupid arrow fell off the rest, so I let off again and he saw me. He started walking straight away when I pulled back and leaned a few feet away from the blind wall and I took a quick shot.

I hit him dead centered in the back and he dropped right there and flipped & flopped around a bit, I put the bow down and jumped straight out of the window and ran towards him. He died almost immediately after I shot him. Thank you Clay for letting me use the bow and the blind. The turkey weighed 25 pounds even, had an 11 inch beard, and 1 1/2 inch spurs.

-Dillon

May 10

It was 2 hours before a thunderstorm hit our area. It was 6:00 pm and only a
hour or so to hunt. I took Connor and my Mom out to look for some turkeys, and we found some out in an open field by an island of trees.

I quickly set them up in a ground blind about 150 yrds from the birds. Connor did some calling, and it took about 45 minutes and the birds got closer. It started to thunder outside and the birds were gobblin' to the thunder. I set them up in this spot knowing they roost in the area, so there was a good chance they would walk by them. They finally saw a hen come by, first about 50 yrds, and then a nice Tom followed at the same distance, just out of range.

Then came a group of 4 or 5 Jakes at about 30 yrds. Connor was running the camera and ranged the birds with the range finder. He told my mom "They are 31 yrds grandma, shoot the one that is in full strut." My mother has hunted for almost 30 yrs and has never harvested an animal- Turkey or Deer. She has shot at many deer but has never been able to get one.

We got my mom a crossbow this year and she now has a beautiful turkey and
has the confidence now to shoot a deer with it this Fall!!! I hope I can be there for that.

Mom I wish I was there with you on this one, We all Love you very much and are so happy for you!!!! Congratulations on your first Turkey and hope you have many more opportunities to get more!!!! What a great hunt for us to remember forever!!!!!

Clay

May 6

Flatline Outdoors Hits the water Friday evening after a successful friday of turkey death!

After an awesome morning turkey hunt, in which James Hood harvested his 1st ever bird, friday ended with a awesome night of bow-fishing on a central MN lake!

James killed his bird before 6 am, and by 9 pm - the arrows were flying at big ole fat sucker faced stink fish! The team of Cobi James Jake Zach & Pete , literally filled a 55 gallon drum full of carp. All the big fish were full of eggs! So we guess-ta-mate we took a lot of carp out of this popular central MN lake. Some of the fish were so large and strong it took 2 arrows to slow them down and they still pulled off 2 arrows!

Needless to say, up at 3:00 am and up until 5am the next morning makes for a long day!! But it was all worth it!

Special Thanks to Jake! Awesome new boat!
If you are interested in a fully guided bow-fishing trip, please contact us! Its a complete blast - the best of both worlds - fishing with your hunting equipment!!

May 4

Guys, This is what a 14 1/2 inch crappie looks like. And, a smiley face to go with it. Have a great turkey hunt!

JK

May 1

First timer scores on opening day in NY:

After roosting some birds the night before, we arrived at the farm in plenty of time. We were set up on the opposite side of the field where we had seen the birds the night before. They were gobbling off the roost for about 15 minutes before flying down within 100 yards of our set up.

Apparently 2 coyotes had also roosted these birds at some point and after spooking the birds out of the field, they proceeded to charge our decoys only to wind us....needless to say, no shots were fired.

We packed up and left the farm and put plan B into action. We went to some state land close by and did some walking and talking along a creek bottom. We immediately had a response from a lone gobbler and we were quickly set up again. We knew he was committed and his responses were getting louder and louder. He broke a small ridge 35 yards from our decoys and the show began. Sherwood was calling, meanwhile we had agreed that Erika was the primary shooter, and I was on back up. With the bird so close at this point, we would hear him spitting and drumming each time he went into full strut. We let this go on for about 6 or 7 minutes just to enjoy the show and let Erikas nerves get a little rattled (she never moved a muscle and was quite patient, waiting for the right shot). He started to flank us but a little purring on the slate turned him right around. He came into the decoys and let out one last gobble before she stopped the show with a 15 yard shot!

Having been her first hunt, and been such an experience and success, she agrees that she's hooked for life. The bird weighed in at 19lbs with a 9 inch beard and having 7/8 spurs.
Justin Fabian

AWESOME JOB ERIKA!
FROM ALL OF US AT FLATLINE PRODUCTIONS & FLATLINE OUTDOORS - CONGRATULATIONS!
YOU ARE A TURKEY HUNTER FOR LIFE!

April 29

Well it was finally Turkey Season again, and after the year our daughters had last year, we were just hoping that they would get as lucky as they did last year. Both our girls harvested their first turkeys last spring on the same day. But this year they were going to try to harvest a turkey with their new PSE crossbow. With lots of practice in the backyard, our oldest daughter Emily was going to try it first. She is 7 now and very excited to get out to the turkey blind.

The Thompsons were gracious enough to offer us a spot to hunt so on the first day of Emily's 5 day hunt we headed up to the Thompson farm to try our luck. As we pulled into the field there were 3 Toms in full strut with a few hens, and Emily said she was going to get one of those "fat ones" as she called them. So we bumped the birds off the field so we could get the blind and decoys setup. It wasn't 20 minutes after Emily, Kylie, her 5yr old sister, my wife Holly and I were settled in the blind, the 3 Toms were back out in the field strutting. It took about an hour to finally get them to commit to the decoys. They came right in but didn't stick around to long. Emily got one in the cross-hairs of the scope and pulled the trigger but the arrow just missed to the left of the bird. We were all holding our breath waiting for Emily's reaction hoping she wasn't too disappointed. But instead she looked at us and said " it's ok, I'll just get the next one that comes in". Knowing how hard it can be sometimes to get another shot we were just hoping to get another chance.

The following day was Friday and I had to work until noon, so I called Holly and asked if she could go get the girls out of school- I was on my way home and we would head back out to the same spot to try it again. We had birds all around us the whole evening but none wanting to come in. After about 25 birds were at the other end of the field and the night was seemingly over, I spotted 2 Toms that were running around and chasing all of the other Toms off the field. I thought if they could see our decoys we might have a chance. Sure enough a few short yelps and they stopped, picked their heads up, and noticed our Killer B Tom decoy. They ruffled their feathers and started our way. I told Emily and Kylie "girls, these 2 are coming so get ready". I helped Emily get the crossbow up onto the trigger stick and she got the decoy in the scope. She said "I'm ready." As they were entering the blind window, I told Emily to look up so she could see them and she did. One of the Toms was in full strut and Emily again said " I want the fat one". As they came into the decoys, they were a mere 7 yds from the blind and facing right at us. She started saying "I got him, I got him, can I shoot?" I told her to take her time and squeeze the trigger. She steadied her aim and pulled the trigger and nothing happened. I was shocked and realized that I had not taken the safety off. I reached over, clicked the safety off and she got him back in the scope and said "I got him." He was now facing away from us and I told her to aim for the middle of the back. She says "Can I shoot?" I said "yep."

She pulled the trigger and anchored him right in his tracks with a perfect shot and the sheer joy and excitement in the blind was priceless!!

Emily and the rest of our family were all screaming with joy. She was so excited to get out there to look at her Tom. My wife and I looked at each other with disbelief and said "Did that just happen?" So we all jumped out of the blind and ran over to him. Emily kept jumping up and down saying "I got the fat one, I got the fat one!"

We want to truly thank the whole Flatline Outdoors crew along with The Thompsons for allowing us to make such special memories for us and our two daughters.

Its all about passing this great sport of hunting onto our youth. And creating memories that will last forever!!!!!

Mike and Holly Wiltse

April 27

Here are the results of my trip to Steuben, Wisconsin. Unfortunately I wasn't able to get it on film, but at least it'll still taste delicious!!

I was drawn for their 3rd season (April 27 - May 1st) and it was over on day one! The morning started off full of gobbles from the tree tops but they were henned up the moment they hit the ground. I had one tom workin his way up a draw about 65 yards away when he spotted my jake decoy. He turned and hightailed it out of there. While trying to figure out what happened, 4 jakes showed up to check things out, but I wasn't interested in taking them.

We went in for breakfast & while talking with a local, she offered to let us hunt her 300 acres, so of course we jumped on it. She had foodplots down in the valley and up on top of the hills, and since I'm quite a few years younger than my hunting partner, I went up the hill and he went low.

It was about 250-300 yards to the top of the hill, but when I was about 50 yards from the top, I hit my crow call and instanly he gobbled from the field edge. I dropped my decoys and gear and snuck up another 10 yards sat down and started calling. It took a bit of coaxing to get him off the field edge & back into the woods, but after about 25 minutes I could hear him spittin & drummin so I knew he was close.

He finally popped out from behind a tree at 30 yards and two steps later my Benelli unleashed a 3 1/2 inch mag of 2oz shot into his cranium. Lights out!! His measurements are: 24lbs 10 1/2 inch beard 1 1/8 inch spurs!!
Our trip ended without filling the other tag, but on the last day we found 2 dead young bucks! Must've died fighting?

Jeremiah Alderman

April 26

I had finally gotten drawn in the lottery system in Minnesota!  My season ran Monday-Friday and Sam and I knew that the only day we could hunt sun up to sun down was Monday.

The morning started with us setting up in some pines.  Right away in the morning we knew we had set up too close to the roost as we hadn't been able to get out the night before to roost these birds.  The hens flew down and were quite nervous as they hit the ground.  With soft calling and a little movement of the decoy, we got the hens to calm down a bit to stay around.  Little did we know that a tom had flown down and was now in  full strut 10 yards BEHIND the blind.  The tom came within 5 yards of the back of the blind, all in full strut! He just wouldn't come out for a shot!

I was absolutely irritated at this point.  Usually this irritation does not occur until weeks and weeks of going through the turkey grind.  As the turkeys left the area so did we. We went to a few different spots throughout the day, but this giant bird would not get out of our minds.  I just had to kill this thing! We decided we were going back to hunt the roost.  I knew it was my best opportunity to kill this thing.  As we set up I knew it was going to be a long sit, but well worth it.  I spotted a tom through the woods at about 150 yards in full strut.  Looking through the bino's I knew it was him... the tom I wanted.

For two hours we watched this thing go in and out of strut until it came up the hill and decoyed right in.  I let him have it at 10 yards......long story short, I finally got him!

If you want to know the real story, just wait for Spring Fling Vol. 3.....coming in 2012.

Tony Seibert

April 26

The 3rd day of B season in Minnesota will always be remembered throughout the years. I only had 3 days to get a longbeard on the ground and I knew it would be tough. I had roosted a bird the night before and woke up the next morning to an inch and a half of snow....NOT GOOD! Absolutely no gobbling in the woods where I had roosted this bird and I was stumped. I was on the verge of not killing a turkey for the year.

My cameraman Sam kept my hopes up. He knew of a field down the road where turkeys had been killed in years past, and knew it was our last hope to get a bird on the ground.

We ran out there and set up about 10 am and struck the calls. A gobbler fired off just inside of the woods and took one look at the b-mobile 360 and came in on a string. I let the bird decoy up and listened to Sam as he talked me through the hunt as this was the first turkey that I would have ever shot.  I let the trigger on my release go and watched as my arrow struck where I was aiming. The bird ran through the field but didn't even make it to the edge.  I will always remember my SNOW kill in April!

Thanks to Sam for the hard work he put in to let me get a crack at putting my first turkey down!

April 22

It was cold and windy this morning, but after 7 am the sun shined down on us!

We had a 2 blind set with 2 cameras rolling as 2 Toms came running across the field from 200 yrds.

Sam played his sweet music with the mouth call and Mitch ran the Killer B with the 360 swivel and they could not resist. They came up to the decoys and I let him have it at 12yrds.

20 lbs 9-1/2" Beard and 3/4 spurs.

Thanks Dad, Sam and Mitch for helping me catch this on film. I will never forget this morning.

Connor

April 16

First time hunter bags his first bird with Team Flatline Outdoors

Once again the state of Minnesota along with the Thompson family have provided a life long memory for another youth hunter.

This weekend, we brought a first time hunter named Hunter, age 4 1/2, out to experience the wonderful sights and sounds in the turkey woods. The weather wasn't the ideal weather, but the birds were still strutting and gobbling.

The first morning we had a nice Tom come within 5 ft of the blind and Hunter's eyes were as big as golfballs. After trying to get him into position for a shot without spooking that big Tom, he ended up spotting us and the game was over.

The next afternoon we got set up in a corn field where Clay and Corey have been seeing 3 big toms every evening.

It wasn't long and we spotted a strutting Tom at the end of the field and he was headed our direction. He got to 60 yds and decided to head back with the group. We thought it was over, then about 1/2 hr later the Tom and 2 jakes were slipping through the woods, a few soft yelps and a couple spins on the decoy and he couldn't take it and was on his way. Hunter said to his dad Andrew "Dad, He's coming". Andrew got Hunter into position for the shot when the bird stopped at 25yds. Hunter pulled the trigger and yelled "GOT HIM DAD! I GOT HIM!!!!". His next words were "Dad, I smoked that jellyhead".

His smile was endless and the memories are priceless!

Thanks to the entire Thompson family along with the whole staff of Flatline Outdoors.

-Mike Wiltse
-From all of us at Flatline Outdoors & Flatline Productions Inc - Awesome job & Congratulations on your very first turkey!!! What a turkey it is!!!!
Hunter, you are truly a Turkey Hunting Ninja! Excellent Work!

April 15

April 15th, 2011 was the morning my dad and I will always share together. We got up at 4:30 a.m. to get out to our ground blind, even though the weather was cold and windy, the turkeys were still doing a lot of gobbling.

Our good friend, Tony Seibert, was behind the camera, and my dad was on the other side of me in the ground blind. The sun started to come up and my dad made a few calls.

We had two toms and four hens come walking into our decoys. I let the two toms check out my decoy set for a few minutes until I got a clear shot at one of the toms.

I released my arrow and was able to harvest my first tom by 7 a.m.

It is always a blast to go out spring turkey hunting with my family and friends!

Good luck to all who have tags to fill yet.

God bless,

Kendra

April 13

OPENING DAY OF MINNESOTA TURKEY SEASON

FLATLINE OUTDOORS PROSTAFFER JUNIOR EMMA HEIN
- BAGS 'BIG BIRD' -

24 pound 10-1/8" Neck tie & 1" spurs
19 yards with 20 gauge
All in awesome HD video!

1st Bird of the year is on the ground!

The morning was mild and windy. As Emma and her dad, Flatline Outdoors' Pete Hein, pulled out of the driveway at O' dark hundred to head down to brother Corey's for opening morning of the Minnesota spring turkey season, rain drops spotted the windshield.

Upon arriving at Flatline Outdoors' Corey Thompson's, we were met with hugs and high 5's - and you could just feel it was going to be a very special morning.

We were going out early to set up. There was no blind out, so we headed out a little early to set things up under the cover of darkness. Like Ninjas in the night, this deadly trio silently made their way to their ambush spot. An area well know for sending big birds to turkey heaven. With all the tools of the serious ground and pounder in tow, we set up the Primos Darkhorse Blind and positioned the newest weapon in our turkey death arsenal, "T1" - A custom Primos Killer "B" Tom Decoy with Pete's fan and beard from his 1st MN Bow kill bird, all set on a 360 degree chassie.

As we nestled into the comforts & darkness of the blind, rain began to pour down. With the gun, HD camera and gear in place, Emma, Pete and Corey prayed together...as we prayed, we were truly in the presense of the Lord. As the the wind and rain whipped outside of the blind, we prayed, quoting Proverbs 16:3 "Commit to the Lord, whatever you do; and your plans will succeed.", I kissed my daughter on top of the head and asked for a blessing on Emma's hunt. A safe, fun hunt....amen

10 minutes passed. The east began to show light. The rain stopped, the skies lightened, the wind died and the woods erupted in a chorus of gobbles. Hearts began to pound!

At sun up, 2 hens made there way into the decoy spread and calmly departed for greenier pastures. And just enough time passed from their coming and going to calm the racing pulses inside the blind, before 2 long beards started to bear down on our set.

The pair of Toms were coming through the woods to our left. They were not wasting anytime either. Pretty much on a dead run, backs humped, ready to rumble. They marched right into the decoys, dancing, bobbing, darting, showing off! They were silohetting each other. No clear shot. As Emma took aim, the birds darted and moved, making it very difficult to stay on target. Like a whily ol' veteran, Emma showed unbelivable poise. Patience. Waiting for the ok from dad to shoot, Emma concentrated on the kill zone. The ever moving, bobbing, darting kill zone. As the pair of Toms danced around the decoys, they made their way out of the decoy spread to our left, and thats when the unbelievable happened, the smaller Tom kept walking away and the Big Ol' Tom turned around, like he was saying "You talking to ME?..." - He turns around and slows to a crawl, neck stretched and starts walking right at the blind. Perfect clear shot opportunity! - I quietly whispered to Emma, SHOOT! - Emma took aim........and BOOM! - The Big Ol' long beard was on his back!

All the practice in the backyard. The teaching. The entire season last year of hunting. The Keith & Mike turkey videos. Watching Spring Fling Vol 1 - 150 times! -

ALL PAID OFF! - As tears filled my eyes, the joy of watching my daughter harvest her first turkey, was an awesome experience. To share it all with a brother. To be able to watch it back on video. To see her tell the story to her friends and family, truly a blessing!

There is no other joy in the world that can compare to sharing your faith with the ones you love. To enjoy GOD's creation with your family. To watch your child grow before your eyes......we were truly blessed this day. Praise God!

A special thanks to our brothers. From the entire Flatline Outdoors Family, "Congratulations Emma! - you now have graduated to full blown ground blind ninja status!"

- From the happiest dad in the entire universe

April 9

Good Morning Cabela's,

From all of us at Team Flatline Outdoors & Flatline Productions Inc (501-c3)
Thank you very much for your support for our 2011 Youth Spring Turkey Hunts @ the U of M Cedar Creek!

The kids and mentors absolutely loved the lanyards, water bottles and turkey calls you donated for this special
pre-hunt meeting. We had 21 first - time youth turkey hunters plus mentors at this event.

Team Flatline Outdoors met with the youth hunters on site at Cedar Creek, a 9 square mile, research facility near East Bethel Minnesota. This is where over the next 6 weeks, we will be conducting mentored, HD Videod youth turkey hunts!
Where boys & girls will be introduced to hunting for the first time. Even some of the mentors, including dad's & uncles, are
getting hooked & fired up about this upcoming turkey season.

The atmosphere was filled with a tons of educatioal pieces and seminars by Team Flatline Outdoors Prostaff, The U of M
Cedar Creek Staff, and the MN DNR. The kids were involved in interactive video clips, hands on equipment seminars and
the whole meeting was followed by a very successful 'Shed Hunt' - where the youth found over 16 shed antlers! including
a 70 plus" 5 pointer!

The products donated by Cabela's was a huge bonus to the kids (and us). The feedback was over whelming! There will be first time youth turkey hunters using the Primos 'Spring Hen' calls to harvest their very first bird! We can not thank you enough for your support! It is truly a blessing to be able to work with Steve Lonn on events like these, knowing such a great company cares so much for the future of the sports we love so much & are so passionate about is awesome. Thank you again!

From all of us at Team Flatline Outdoors & Flatline Productions Inc
Thank you & GOD Bless!

Sincerely,
Pete Hein
Proverbs 16:3

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