i can honestly appreciate your criticism. and to be quite frank, i don't know if i would have even made an attempt at the scenario if someone else had given it . what i do think is that if we could get the birds to cooperate for 10 mornings , and put a different hunter on that ridge each morning, i'd bet the records would reveal 10 different strategies and probably 10 dead birds.
there were actually 2 other hunters with me . when we realized the bird was on its way i positioned myself 25 yrds behind the other 2 . i'll call my position 12:oo , 1 man at 10:00 , and one man at 2:00. the bird, turned into a flock , with most gobbling . when they were at what i estimated to be about 75 yrds they started moving to the right. the flock wasn't bunched tight , but they were in unison in their movement. i moved twice asthe birds came in. my last position being just over the ridge top.
now i'll admit that this old boy tends to get wound up tight when a bird is cooperating . needless to say , with a flock of loudmouth jakes and longbeards coming in i was beyond excited. i called too much and too loud. though one bird was taken and we all had should have tagged out i've thought about my own mistakes as the caller . but at any rate , it was a memorable and learning experience. i also look at it as a very rare event in the turkey woods. if i'm fortunate enough to get in as many years as you sir ,i doubt i'll ever see that happen again . there wasn't a hen among that bunch.
we returned to that same spot the next 2 mornings and worked birds each day , with one more going home with us . OH, those 2 hunters are step-sons in their 30's and are now addicts. wish i was a better teacher.