That's int'restin' TTN. I always hope to see or hear something new and different when I'm out in the sticks .
This past winter ,,actually late Feb or early March , My youngest stepson ,his youngest son and myself went down to the public land to take a walk and do some scoutin'. Within a half mile of the truck we heard a faint yelp. We stood around a bit and finally heard it again and determined the direction . We slipped around a little and got closer just to listen . About the time we reached our goal the flock went absolutely nuts . We stood there for at least 30 minutes listening to what sounded like 30 -40 , maybe more turkeys . They were making about every call we know . At least the ones I know . So many calling on top of each other and making so many different calls at once made it nearly impossible to single out any one bird . The volume just kept getting higher and higher . When I thought they couldn't get any louder , someone nearly two miles away at the rifle range fired a big deep booming gun. In spite of their volume the whole flock seemed to ''SHOCK'' at the report of the big gun . The gobbling, clucking, cuttin' , and yelping all got louder still , though it was very , very brief , but clearly discernable .
We backed out and 1/4 circled the flock from a distance and got down in the same holler with them . They had calmed down after we began to move . We eased up on a low ridge and right in front of us was a gang of juvenile jakes . They didn't spook bad but did put about 50-60 yards between us . As they stood around looking our way , more turkeys began coming into the little holler from three different directions. They were all out there now scratchin' and milling around . Then we start hearing this loud clucking way off to our left . It kept getting closer . Finally we can see this jennie coming . She stopped about 40 yards from us and no doubt she could see at least 20 other turkeys , maybe more , with some within 20 yards of her . She stood on that small hump and began to kee kee run. She kept it up for at least ten minutes , without pause or break in the sequence. At that time their was very little calling by the other birds , or possibly I was so focused on her I just blocked them out . I could have stayed right till dark , but you know how 6 year old boys are .
I have been fortunate to hear some great turkey chatter before ,,,,,but nothing with such numbers of birds , volume and length of the arguement .It was GREAT.