Gopherlongbeards wrote:Have been out a few times in WI so far this year, it has been pretty slow so far in general. Birds have been quiet most of the day and not in much of a rush to join up in larger flocks. This will change as we get further into the fall. Did bag a nice gobbler this past week. Got set up on a roost site in the dark I figured a gobbler group i had seen in the area was using. About 15 minutes after first light a couple gobblers began tree yelping from various locations about 30-40 yards away. After a few minutes of yelping back and forth between me and the roosted birds I was startled by a gobbler flying out of a tree less than 15 yards from the one I was seated at. He never made a peep and hit the ground walking away at a decent pace. My gun was pointed the other direction and I couldn't get it swung over in time to take a shot. No matter as there were still 3-4 birds talking in the trees. I managed to get one roosted about 40 yards from my tree fairly worked up, I could see him bouncing around in the branches, and he eventually flew down towards me and landed behind a tree about 20 yards away. He made a couple clucks and took 5 or 6 steps before I had a clear shot and put him down. Was a nice older gobbler, 12" beard, with 2 broken spurs and a bit small for a WI bird in the fall, only 18 lbs or so. I figured he was an old bird on his way out. Was a great morning in the woods, got to hear some nice gobbler talk and it's always fun being in super close on a roost site as the birds wake up.
Congratulations on the gobbler Gopher!