I will take any action with turkeys , any time . I get a charge out of fooling with them , watching them and listening to them in an undisturbed setting . To have a single bird or a flock of any mix of birds come close by to study their actions and pecking order displays is always a learning experience . Don't get me wrong , I been weaned of ''out of season calling'' to birds , but must admit I haven't always been so accomodating .
There is one thing that really sets my blood to running fast ,,,,Fall Longbeards . To locate them by cold calling or by sight and then get one or more interested in ''WHO'S THAT'' and come in a looking for the intruder . To observe their cautious , slow movement as he or they come, in their seemingly always HALF CIRCLE of progress in their attempt to spot this unknown loudmouth . The head held to its highest possible position , with every feather folded tight against their body . I try to put myself in their position as they come in wondering where is this new bird that should be right there by that tree ? Their gravely clucks asking ''where are you ?''Then the shifting of those big wings as they get even more nervous because they can't locate the intruder . They stop in their tight group and begin to turn and walk a tight circle around each other with their eyes searching still for the other bird .
They are going to leave if I don't do something . Should I give them one faint cluck or just swing the double on one of their departing heads ? At any rate I want it to last as long as possible . OH well , maybe I'll let them walk this time ,,,which means I get to go try and do it again . I could let them get well out of sight and then cut my own half circle and then try to parallel them , change the call and see if they will come in again . Or just start in with that WING and do some leaf scratching and four stroking and see how they react to that . Is it possible to cast doubt in the mind of a wild turkey? I believe so ,,,maybe not every time , but I do believe it can be done.
To give out some tom talk and then see a small tribe of gobblers of different age lined out and marching toward the call is exhilerating . Da'Gummit I can't hardly wait for October .