No luck. It was a nice morning, and the gobbler sounded off 40 or 50 times from the roost, but only a few times on the ground. I'm guessing I set up about 125 yards from him, and got him only to 60 or 70 yards. There were actually 5 or 6 birds, and the lead bird was separate from the other 4 or 5. He went into some brush where I couldn't see him and began clucking -- "Where are you? I'm here. Get over here!" Of course, I couldn't accommodate him. The others stood out there and began clucking, too. They were all gobblers, except possibly one. I didn't see any beards but I saw one round tailfan and a bunch of red heads.
I don't understand why they didn't come closer, other than possibly they have a prearranged meeting place for hens. It was under a big beech tree with a bunch of beech brush.
Later I went back to the apparent meeting spot at 10:00 and sat there calling occasionally with soft clucks and purrs, and an threw in a few yelps. I doubt they were far away, but nothing came back. I'm thinking of getting in there tomorrow with a deke.
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