My opening did not have the kind of adrenaline rush Willow's did, thank goodness!
Late Friday evening Vic and I busted a couple of flocks off their roosts one of which sounded like bigger birds so we returned to that one Saturday morning and setup. After a couple of minutes I smelled cigarette smoke, it was dark, Vic's nose was sniffing all around with low level growls directed upwards. I flipped on a flashlight to scan the nearby trees and low and behold a painted faced bowhunter about 30' up a tree on private property, thought he was trespassing but found out he too had gotten permission to hunt Friday afternoon so the landowner could not get a hold of me. He was there first so we left and setup in the direction some the the turkeys had flown off and called for awhile. Birds that sounded tom's answered the Willowridge deep-tone call but they went back to the bowhunter. Who told the landowner about all the turkeys he saw as he was scampering off to buy some turkey tags.
It is one thing to find the turkeys and Vic found a lot of them; quite another to get a shot, we experienced a comedy of errors on both our parts.
We had a ton fun.
There was one flock of birds of the year that came into the Willowridge "bird of the year" call 7 times! Each time I could not see them, Vic could smell them and hear them as they were really close making a ruckus. Vic shook so hard the tree was rocking while his lips were clapping and he could not contain some whines of his own. Needless to say the birds kept fading in and out even after we moved locations around for a better view which wasn't when the birds came back in.
A turkey dog does not make turkey hunting easier, just a whole lot more fun.
Gopherlongbeards wrote:Saturday I called a flock of 11 jakes in to about 15 yards. Unfortunately they were on the wrong side of the fence, and wouldn't cross.
A hat tip to you gopher, that is the mark of a good hunter there.