Cut N Run, do you ever reposition on a bird? If so, do you put on an orange hat and walk upright or do you try to do so without being noticed by the turkeys?
An orange hat wouldn't have prevented my friend from getting peppered by the stalker I mentioned in an earlier post. Pennsylvania tried that for several years without success -- which simply means stalkers then broke two game laws instead of one by running around in full camo.
Had the stalker positively identifed his target before pulling the trigger, perhaps that may have prevented this incident, but not identifying the target was not the root cause. That's the final fail-safe we build into our behavior before pulling the trigger to try and avoid the potential of human error. You know it and so does everyone else here.
Attempting to get within shotgun range of what the stalker incorrectly thought was a gobbler, with the goal of doing so undetected (no calling) was the root cause of that incident. Had the stalker instead hunted defensively hearing all that gobbling off the roost, found a set up tree and began calling from that location, no one would have gotten hurt -- physically or emotionally. Hunting defensively is our best preventive measure to protect against human error.
The act of stalking puts at least two people unnecessarily at risk; the stalker risks getting shot as my friend was not aware of his sneaking quietly into his set-up, and my friend, who was unknowingly put at the business end of the stalker's shotgun, will never sit comfortably in the woods again.
Nice. All just to fill a tag.
"So much of this business of hunting turkeys, you stupid it up right at the last.
You do everything right for an hour and a half, and then you sit down here
and there's nothing you can do about it, you made a mistake."
Tom Kelly, [i]Turkey Tales