Lo and behold, I wake up this morning to find that the fire has burned well into the wee hours and JPH, the original arsonist, has left the scene.
Well if you have to know, I turned off my computer and had a nice evening with my beautiful wife. This morning I slept late, knowing that I wont be able to do that in a month.
I certainly take exception to being called an arsonist (and a few other things along the way). All in all, this thread has done what I hoped it would. It has opened a discussion about the taboo of stalking in the turkey woods. I wish some posters would refrain from being mean spirited, but I cannot control that. In the hope that we may keep this somewhat on track, allow me to further explain my OP.
To me this implies how one moves, not the actual destination. I will sometimes use stealth, crawling, crouching and concealment in order to reach the perfect [color="#ff0000"]calling location[/color] (sometimes rather close to a gobbler). I never call or shoot while moving, but I stop and use many positions along the way. This allows me to keep tabs on him and shoot if he chooses to step out for a look. I have once actually gotten a tom into my sights before I actually found his sweet spot. He was in a pasture and I was coming out of a shallow creek bottom on my belly. I whined softly and he put his head up. Was I calling or stalking? I don't really care.
I will only employ this tactic under narrow circumstances.
1. Only on private, posted, fenced property where I have sole express permission.
2. Only move toward the interior of the property, never toward the boundaries where I am more likely to find a stranger.
3. Only after the sun has fully risen and visibility is good.
4. Always look, listen and think far more than you move.
5. Always use all firearms safety guidelines making an extra effort to identify the target and backdrop because you may have had less time to study it.
6. Remember that there are NO guarantees! If at any time, things do not seem right, quit! Always error on the side of safety.