Been trying to get the land owners 17 yr old son a bird for the past two years, seems like we’re snake bit. I didn’t follow one of my rules of thumb to wait the birds out, a Tom or a satellite Tom will usually sneak back in after a bit of time. We paid the price.
We got to the top of the hill in the back pasture shortly after 5 a.m. I let out my best rendition of an owl call, and 2 birds hammered right back directly across the pasture about 200 yards away; it sounded like they were right on the edge. We picked out a large tree, put out a couple of hen decoys (for some reason, I opted not to do the usual positioning a Jake over a hen; he stayed in the bag). We sat down, and let things settle down a bit. As it started to brighten up, I grabbed the turkey wing and did a couple of fly down sequences. The Tom’s were going nuts! A few soft yelps were answered by double and triple gobbles. The birds flew down, and with each gobble they were getting closer. Guns were at the ready. After about 10 minutes or so, one Tom was making his way in; off to the distant right we heard a seductive series of yelps. I answered those yelps and cut a bit, thinking maybe the hen would make her way over to see the competitor. The hen answered with a couple more soft yelps, the Tom craned his neck and turned his attention to the live hen that would lead him on to posted land. We could see (through a break in the hedge row) 2 Tom’s courting the lone hen. They slowly headed east. I decided to get ahead of the birds, and try to call them back on to our pasture. We headed east, staying close to the hedge row; we set up in the corner of the pasture that was about 300 yards ahead of the traveling birds. After about 10 minutes, I could see the birds drawing closer and made a couple of soft yelps; the hen changed her direction and headed straight for our position with the Toms in tow. Within minutes, the hen popped out of the hedge row 25 yards away right in front of us. We waited for the Toms to make their last entrance into our field; I had a blossoming tree picked out to be used as a back drop for the photos. We waited some more; and then we waited longer. Can turkeys evaporate? It has been hot and dry. After 30 minutes, we slowly headed back on the path we followed along the hedge row; I let out an occasional yelp without any answers. The pasture has some rolling hills, and as we walked to a vantage point we saw 2 Toms directly in front of where we had sat at first light. I’m still talking to myself over this one; the would’ve, could’ve, and should’ve running through my head. I guess that’s what makes me love turkey hunting so much in the off season.
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