A good morning in the woods, but not the outcome we had hoped for. The birds were gobbling off the roost, but mostly at the crows and an owl and giving us a courtesy gobble every now and then. They flew off the roost straight away from us and gone. We made a move after a little while and did see 3 gobblers, followed by 2 hens. Kind of weird as usually the gobblers are trailing behind the hens. We sat for a while longer, but the birds didn't make a sound after they hit the ground. We decided to go try and find some birds to play with. Right across the road was a gobbler strutting on the old railroad tracks, so we snuck along a pine planation and got within 60 yards of him. I tried some soft calling and finally found he liked a lot of purring and throwing in a cut every now and then. He began gobbling but would't come any closer. Then a hen appeared out of the pines and joined him on the tracks. I began doing some more purrs and the hen started coming right down the tracks to us with tom in tow. She got about 20 yards and my gunner moved a little to much and the hen busted us. She stood there alert, but a few more purrs settled her down. She then did an about face and walked past the tom and down on the other side. The gobbler was at about 35 yards and I told her to take the shot. Just then 2 jakes came flying in right above our heads and landed in the trees. This was as she shot, and I don't think either she got her barrel completely out of the brush, or the gobbler moved quickly as the jakes came in. It was a good hunt, but then the sleet and snow started and she called it a day.
Oh, well, we will try again next week as my wife has a tag.
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