I was out this morning and didn't hear any turkeys (or so I thought). I was set up off the end of a bunch of pines in the hardwoods along a brush line. I ran a few tree yelps and keeyelps, but nothing? Thought hmmmmm nothing here today? Waited a bit and ran another sequal, still nothing. Slipped my box out and ran a few deep raspy yelps and a bird answered, but it wasn't a turkey, it was a high pitched squeal, almost like a hawk squeal. Gave it some time and ran a few more raspy yelps, again the same high pitched squeal answered. Thought what in the heck is that? It was in the pines where the bird usealy roost. Thought it's got to be a hawk or maybe a young eagle, with that kind of a high pitched squeal? I waited a bit again and then ran a raspy yelp, a gobble, and 3 more yelps. That bird went nuts, started squealing up a storm, and out of the pines glides a bird. It lands in front of me and starts squealing again and goes into a gobble. I couldn't believe my eyes, I've never in all my years of turkey hunting ever heard a bird sound like that thing did? I tried to immatate him, but couldn't get my call to sound that high pitched of a squeal. He was going bananas squealing and gobbling as he walked around in front of me. I could see he had a short beard sticking out, so not sure just how old he was, but he sounded like he froze his giblets tight to a limb and tried to fly off
. I let him walk just to see if by next spring he develops a voice or if he stays that high pitched. A strange bird for sure, wish I'd of had a camera to video that, never heard anything sound that bad in the turkey woods, and the only thing he'd answer was gobbler talk
He wanted nothing to do with hen or poult talk, and he was by himself, strange?