You are on the third and final day of a difficult hunt. Weather has made the
turkeys cranky and uncooperative, and the few toms you've heard gobble have
refused to leave their hens. It's midday, and you're slogging through mud on
the way back to camp, where you and your buddies will grab lunch and decide
whether to hunt the rest of the day or go home birdless.
Suddenly, you spot two strutters in a nearby field, apparently alone. You
drop to the ground, get your back to a large tree and begin calling.
Amazingly, the birds come unglued at your calling, breaking into fits of
double- and triple-gobbling. Then, to make things more exciting, they start
trotting toward your setup. Your heart races, and your mouth goes dry.
You're gonna pull a rabbit from the hat at the last minute.
But when the birds reach the 30-yard mark, they spot something amiss and get
goosy. The smaller of the toms ducks his head, drops low and sneaks off
through the grass. The other gobbler seems about to do the same, but instead
rubber-necks for a few seconds before flushing and landing in a tree only 20
steps away. You have a clear shot at his head, but as you flick the safety
off you remember that roost-shooting is illegal in the state.
A) Drop the hammer? A turkey that has lit in a tree during daylight is not
roosting; he's simply trying to get a better look at things.
B) Pass the shot? Roost shooting means shooting a turkey from a tree, and
that definition doesn't change during daylight.
C) Something else?