[quote="hootowl, I called to this Tom for about 1.5 hrs, and he would not leave this certain area of the woods, He stayed in the Same area, Like he was walking back and forth, But would not leave, I tried to call to him soft and Aggresive, Nothing doing, I think I know where there roosting? Hootowl[/quote]
Buddy, welcome to our world of trying to unlock the mind (and heart) of a thunder chicken. It may be one of the following or a combination of. Let me give a shot to help you.
My friend and I had the same thing happened to me, at different hunts, different states, for that matter. Both birds, respectively, behaved exactly as what you described. After our birds moved on, we got up to find out what had just happend; why they did not commit. Well, came to find out there was an obstruction. In my case it was a creek. In my friends case, it was a slough-like body of water. I tell you this, to tell you this:
Find out if indeed there was an absturction, maybe a fence of a sort. Since you have an idea of their roosting area, change your set up. Secondly, I understand you did call for an 1.5 hours, soft & aggressive. A big no-no IMO. If he was coming to you and stopped, it may have been when you got aggressive. He may have thought you were coming to him. Thirdly, a hen may have been talking to him on the roost. In that case, you "fly down" first. Try that sequence, follow with a few soft calls and HUSH! If more than 30 min. passes with no sign of him, just spit out a few purrs and clucks - SOFTLY & wait. So get to know the area better, eliminate possible obstructions by adjusting your set-ups, add some realism & try some decoys (I like a bedded hen & a jake/full strut decoy), and finally, if he seems to be responding - less calling is more effective.
Good luck, happy and safe hunting!
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