Well back from our turkey dogging trip with charlie. What a blast!!! If you guys ever get a chance to do it, try it, you won't be sorry
. We had crummy weather for the 3 days, wind, rain and semi clear afternoon. Weds was windy and light rain, birds were not talking, and we had trouble finding fresh sign, so we grouse hunted weds afternoon and had good luck (well charlie, I had a case of the misses) doing that in the rain. Thur (only day the sun shined) morning we found fresh turkey sign, but couldn't find the birds. The afternoon we split up and I went back to the area where we found the fresh sign, and charlie and Vic desided to circle that area and meet back up at my truck at the end of the day. I was about a 1/4 mile up the road and was doing some cold calling from that area, charlie and Vic went in down the road and was circling back to me. We never did meet up, we both got into birds. Charlie got into a mixed flock of gobblers, hens, poults (I'll let charlie tell you his story), I got into a gobbler flock. I told charlie to signal me when he got to the road and I'd come out and give him a ride back to his truck. I was doing some tongue calling and after a couple of hours I hear a couple of yelps then nothing, but my youngest setter starts barking up a storm in the truck so I figured it was Vic and charlie back at the truck, so I packed up and headed out. Got back to the truck and no charlie, hmmmmmmm, put my stuff in and waited a few and still no charlie? Got in the truck and went down to see if charlie walked back down to his truck instead of waiting? No charlie, drove back up to the hayfield and got out and waited. Got my tongue call back out and gave a few yelps. The woods exploded with gobbles, raspy yelps and kee kees, Damn
how I got back to the truck across an open hayfield without them seeing me is beyond me? I kept working them and they were getting close to coming out into the field again and Billy started going nuts again, he could see them but I couldn't. Well screwed that hunt up
. Left them alone and headed back down to charlie's truck and in a few charlie and Vic came back out, and said we never made it around to your side we hit birds just back in a little ways (charlie will tell you about it
). Today we had Randy join us for the hunt and he hasn't taken a fall bird yet so he was our shooter. We headed back to charlie's birds because it was a mixed flock and a lot more birds to work. Vic made the bust and we set up, shortly after it started raining again and kept the birds quiet, it may have been the a couple of gobs that he busted also? We worked our calls for about an hour, but nothing showed or sounded back. It was lunch time by then so we headed to eat before charlie headed home. Me and Randy headed back to camp and made it just a few miles when a flock of hens crossed the road in front of us into the public. We headed around the corner and got out and headed in and set up and called. They called back, but headed into a deep hollow out of the rain and wind and wouldn't come our way, we headed into the hollow and set back up and called, didn't get an answer, we may have bumped them or they weren't interested in joining up? It was an enjoyable 3 days of hunting and turkey doggin and talking turkey, fishing and what ever. If you ever get a chance to try it guys, DO IT, you'll enjoy it!!!!! Charlie got a good chance to try his tongue teaser out, and *Thanks Again* for the chance to try turkey doggin Charlie, we will do this again.