I could written the same subject title as Dana , about being " embarrassed and aggravated " . Only , I haven't had an opportunity to miss yet . But ! , I have forgotten my mouthcall in the fridge every day I have hunted ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,shamefull I tell ya !
I began the day trying to locate the Hermit Bird . I took my sweet old time about getting in to his range. Only giving him gobbler talk , except for the gobble . I can only gobble with a mouthcall . But I knew if he was coming to clucks and yelping he'd probably cover ground slow . So I gave him ample time and then some . Then after almost 3 hours I began covering the ground and cold calling every 100 or so . Mixing it up with keekee , jake yelps , gobbler yelps , hen yelps and keekee run. NOTHING.
I drove to the largest of the areas within the public land . I walked back to the high , break ridge and kee kee'd and keekee run for several minutes . This was just before the wind got up . Still , nothing .
Linda sent me a text to let me know she was getting ready to put the CRAPPIE in the skillet . So I head for home . The west side of the area I just left and nearly a mile from where I last called I pulled over and hit the keekee's . Third go at it I went into the RUN. As soon as I stopped a juvenile faintly answered from no more than 100 yards . I beat it back to the truck and move it off the road . Grabbed headnet , shooting glove and calls and locked the truck . Yanked the recurve from its rack in the bed and over the rim I go. Went about 50 yards down the slope . Anywhere along this portion of the ridge offers a good set up with very good cover density . I resume the pleading keekee's and keekeerun for over ten minutes but got no responce . Then my mind went back to CRAPPIE .
Well , at least I know there are some birds in that area .
Talked to a feller from Michigan which has been down the hunting everyday since thursday . He saw plenty of deer but neither saw nor heard any turkeys . Two other hunters which live locally and bowhunt the area a lot say they have not seen any birds either . It doesn't look nor sound to promising , as far as the hunting area is concerned . But , I also know that after covering dozens of ridges and seeing very little sign it is possible to step over the top and spook 25 or more .