Last thurs-sat hunt was tough, the jakes had all the longbeards pushed over on the private land in a small 20 acer woods, there were 6-8 longbeards in that woods and none gobbling on the public at all. We watched 4 longbeards with hens thurs afternoon in a small hay field, the jakes were chasing them around. Friday it rained hard most of the day, but it was the only day the longbeards came over onto the public in the stubble corn to get grubs and worms. Watch the Boss Tom kick the hell out of 4 jakes. As soon as that boss tom started to strut the jakes went after him. They ran full speed to him and hit that bird like a linebacker hits a running back, they knocked that tom over onto his side and 3 of the jakes jumped him. They fought for a bit until the tom could get back to his feet, then he turned on them. He had 1 jake held down by the neck and was giving him hell, the other jake jumped on his back and grabbed him by the head, the third jake was giving him heck from behind. The jake on top suddenly did a summersalt in mid air about 4 feet off the ground landed on his back and took off running, the jake behind him was still holdinng on until that tom kicked him, and drove a spur into his breast, that jake rolled over backwards and tried to get up and run, but couldn't go very far without laying down, then got up and tried to go again, but still could go very far before stopping again. The tom still had the first jake pinned down by the neck and was kicking and stomping that jake. He finally got loose and took off running with the tom close behind. The boss stopped chasing him and came back running for the wounded jake and pinned him down, that jake never moved a mussel as the boss held him down, then let go of him and went after the 4th jake, that was just standing and watching the fight. As the boss got to him he just dropped to the ground and layed his head down and didn't move, the boss circled him, but didn't touch him. The Boss Tom went back to his 2 hens that he came out with and fed in the corn for a while, then went back into the woods. The wounded jake limped off into the woods, I checked the edge to see if I could get him, but couldn't find him in any of the brush piles along the edge? That Boss came by me at about 45 yards and I let him walk, he earned his day of living and would breed more of that toughness into the flock, there were 3 other longbeards still in the field that we tried to work.
We had a boss hen come into our decoys and went striaght to the avianX breeder hen and gave it a good thrashing, pecking at it's head and body and screaming at it. When that hen first came in it started doing the breeding sex purrs then switched to fighting purrs, just like it was telling that breeder hen, your going to wait your turn I'm next, it never went to the feeding hen or the up-right hen at all, just the breeder hen. Randy got it on video off his phone, it's not the greatest video, but the audio is supper. Trying to get it downloaded on youtube, so you guys can hear what the sex purrs sound like, to copy on your calling. Sat there was little gobbling, only 2 birds and they were back deep on the private and only hens in the corn stubble and 2 jakes crossed it. We saw a minumim or 10-15 jakes a day around the public. Still have tomorrow to fill my last tag.
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on May 23rd, 2013, 10:46 am, edited 1 time in total.
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