Sorry boys, it taken me a couple days to post again. Back to Mondays hunt. Sunday there was 6 gobblers gobbling on the roost and saw birds all day long. Monday I only heard 2 birds gobbling on the roost. They both came to the corn and was joined by the same 5 hens, they spent an hour in the field, before splitting up. The boss took 4 hens into the south end of the field, there is a small pond in there with high grass around it that the hens use for nesting, and his buddy took 1 hen back into the woods on the other side on the other side of the corn. I could only hunt till noon and didn't see or hear another bird the rest of the hunt. Yesterday I sat from dawn to dusk, it was a windy day with the wind out of the east blowing to the corn, so no problem with the birds hearing my calling. The only bird I heard on the roost was the boss, he sounded off at daybreak, one gobble. He entered the corn on the southwest end of the field alone, and stayed there for about 20 minutes strutting. I gave him a flydown cackle and some soft cuts on my glass call, and he cut me off every time I'd call. He was hot and looking, he came my way about a 100yds and cut in to the pond to the nesting area on the south end. I gave him a few minutes and grabbed my tongue call and moved up the fence 60yds to the area that the hens have been roosted in the last few days. I got set up there and sent out some soft yelps, he cut me off again double gobbling, I cut him off with some cutts and then went to some purrs and whines, he triple gobbled at those, I waited a few minutes and sent him a soft yelp and purrs, he again cut me off, he was headed my way. He came up on the ridge where I was set up on, he was out about 50yds and was looking that ridge over carefully, I sent some soft purrs and he answered with a double gobble. He started to circle to my right along the ridge top between were I was set up and were I'm now set up. He got between my two set ups and stared gobbling like a fool, every two minutes, I'd whine and purr, he'd double gobble. He was at about 30yds, but with all the small brush and blow downs, no shot was presented, he needed to come around the end of that blown down tree to be able to take a clean shot at him. Instead he dropped over the ridge to my old set up, and passed that and back into the corn field. Damn one lousy tree trunk saved his butt, I could see his fan over it, but not his head, if he'd of peeked over it, he'd of got a load to no.5's in his face. I snuck back down to where I was set up and stayed put the rest of the day. I knew he was there some place? A hen came out into the corn from where they always enter the field at 11:00, and she feed for about an hour and went back in to the pond area to get back on her nest. He entered the corn about half way up the field and worked back down to the south end at 3:30, and went back in there he came out of that morning. Two Jakes entered the field from where the boss had come out from earlier that morning and worked back up to where the boss came back into it at 3:30, they went back into the pines, not sure if that is all that's left of the Jake gang? That was it for the day, one boss, one hen, and two Jakes, all day long. That's the first time I've blanked the 3rd season since back in the mid 90's. I had my chances, passed on the Jakes three times, and got beat up by the boss three times and his buddy once, but I had a bone to pick with that boss bird, it was him or nothing. Bad weather this morning and supposed to be worst tomorrow, so I'll give that area a couple days to calm down again before I hit that area again Friday. With the farmer and his wife hunting that area also this week I don't want to pressure that bird to much and move him out of the area? Hopefully his luck will continue and he'll still be there Friday, maybe with them on the other side of that corn field, he may move to my side and be workable? Friday I plan to start out in the hens roosting area and see what happens?
WI Youth & LTH Mentor
Dodge Co. NWTF