So i got permission to hunt another piece of property, some people from the church offered to let me hunt there. I went up last night and looked around, set up my blind and went home. I was able to leave work early(mid shift)and went home grabbed my stuff and found myself in the blind by 0405. Around 0440 I heard three distinct gobblers firing off. I knew one was around 300 yards away(bird A) straight ahead, one about 300-350 yards away(bird B) off to my right and one was across a road(bird C), far away. I picked one(bird A) and every third or fourth gobble I would cut him off and call back. He wasn't very fired up at first, gobbling only every 4 or 5 minutes. when he realized I was cutting him off he increased to every minute. I heard a hen behind me, sounded awful and thought another hunter had moved in on me and looked to find a hen behind me in the tree 30-35 yards away. I watched her for a while til she flew down.
After a while of cutting off bird A, the bird to my right(bird B) was getting a little irritated and would cut him off and he (bird A) just stopped. The furthest away bird(bird C) went farther away. The bird to my right(bird B) moved away from me and behind me, He went in the direction that the hen went. The bird I targeted(bird A) moved to my right. So I dumped my blind and moved about 100 yards, grabbed my decoys went in the direction of the bird that I had targeted(bird A). after I set up again I started to call and both birds fired up again(A and B). After 30 mins or so I could tell both were coming but the one behind me(bird B) was coming faster. I had set up on the side of a steep hill and figured if he(bird B) came above me I would never get a shot. So I grabbed my decoys and moved again. About 75 yards in the direction of the bird(B). They were both fired up again(A and B). This time the originally targeted bird(the one I moved away from, bird A) had moved to about 50 yards. But he was at the bottom of the hill. The bird I moved closer to(bird B) went totally silent. I wonder if he saw me?
The targeted bird (bird A) stayed down there for a long time. Gobbling 2-3 times a minute for about 20 minutes. I considered belly crawling to the crest of the hill and trying to get a rushed shot off. I am a big guy and knew I would screw it up so I stayed put. I tried a few gobbles trying to make it think a jake had intercepted his hen. Nothing, would not move or come at all. I then decided to give him some of the softest calls I could come up with, so soft I could barely hear them myself. That fired him up even more. He(bird A) instantly came. He went off to the left but was coming. I finally saw a head through a bush. I gave him another of the quietest calls I have ever made and he errupted and turned, I saw my first glimpse of him in full strut, walking in the brush and went straight for my Jake decoy moving left to right. He went behind a rock I pulled up when he popped out the other side, I gave it to him, at about 15 yards. I ran over to him only to find out that I had shot a Jake....... Oh well, it was about 0715 now, I had had about the funnest 3 hours of my life and I learned a ton. I am not sure what to think about it. I know that there is a large Tom there and it must have been bird B or C. I should have known that when bird B cut him off and he went silent that he was not the dominant bird. I also proabably should have waited to see his fan when he charged the decoy, his beard was below the level of the grass... Oh well I have no more
time to hunt and I am tagged out. I will post pictures later.