by Brian Lovett, editor
This past May, I hunkered in a fence line at fly-down time, waiting for a bird to gobble from a neighboring property.
Sure enough, the gobbler sounded off early, perhaps 150 yards from the property line. Trouble was, two other birds sounded off behind me, about 175 yards away, in some open timber across the town road. I'd hunted those turkeys before and was sick of them. No doubt, they'd fly down into a big hayfield to the west, and spend the day strutting for hens and being obstinate.
I tree-yelped a few times to the off-the-property turkey, and his response was luke-warm at best. However, the across-the-road birds seemed to hit the ground and fire up.
What would you have done?
A) Focus on the luke-warm gobbler 150 yards away from the property line.
B) Focus on the hot gobblers with a history of being obstinate.
Lovett's Decision: A
Having been whipped by those birds so often, I decided to stick with the gobbler 150 yards away from the property line. The sure thing clammed up and didn't show. And within five minutes, I glimpsed movement behind me as the two previously unkillable gobblers sprinted toward me in the field.
Facing the wrong direction and stuck in the open, I could only watch as one gobbler strutted at 75 steps and the other slowly walked into the woods to the south. I managed to slowly twist around to the right, and when the satellite bird popped out at 40-some yards, I shot, sending both gobblers sprinting back across the road.