Went out turkey hunting with a friend. This was the first time I've been. I would have gone more, but my friend couldn't get off work, so we went for the last two saturdays.
Before the season started, I put up a blind near where I'd seen turkeys both in the fall and earlier in the spring. The blind is in an open field near the tree edge. At about first light, my buddy and I entered the field and walked to the blind. I put out a decoy. I called on the owl call and got no reply. So we sat in the blind. I heard the gobbles and started calling. We sat in the blind until all the gobbling stopped, which happened around 8:30 a.m. or so. We walked some and crow called, but never got another reply. We sat in a couple of places for a while, hoping to get a tight lipped bird to come int, but we saw and heard nothing for the rest of the day. Around 2:00 p.m. we picked some mushrooms and called it a day.
We decided two things: 1) get out earlier and 2) be more mobile.
So we got into the blind before first light. I owl called and got no response. So we sat as the woods woke up. Soon, we started hearing gobbles. We could not agree on the directioin they were coming from, so we got out of the blind. Soon we heard and agreed upon the direction. We walked toward the gobbles. When we got close to the edge of the woods, I owl called again and got a gobble reply. Being very inexperienced, I have no clue as to how far away that bird was. We grabbed the first tree we could find. Now, the area we sat down at is on a ridge... the blind is below and behind us, and there is a ravine below and ahead of us. My friend saw "movement" ahead in the ravine. He does not know what he saw, just movement. We sat and called in this location for a half an hour. Never got another gobble in this area. Heard gobbles in other locations, but never that bird again.
I'm guessing that we got too close to the bird and got made.
We packed up and chased down some other gobbles, but the woods were getting steadily quieter and quieter. The last gobble we heard was around 9:00. Aroudn 11:00 we wrapped up.
Any comments all y'all with experience want to share is welcome. Feel free to call me an idiot, but tell me why, please.
I'm thinking there is no substitute for watching the real thing. Does anyone have a good suggestion for a video to buy/checkout?
Turkey season continues all thru May. I may buy another tag and give it a go alone, but I need to do a search here to see how one hunts late in the day. My land is 3 hours away and I cannot afford any more overnight stays in a hotel.