thanks guys! Now for the details of the hunt.......
Arrived at parking spot at 5 am. Geared up and headed across field to cross pasture. After avoiding getting tangled in barbed wire twice, I made my way along a small brook to the edge of another field. Skirted the treeline til I got to a point between 2 clearings. My main objective was to listen for birds flying down into clearings. It was still another hour before light! Well, dawn came and no birds flew into clearing. Now, I picked this spot because of various turkey sign I was seeing in clearings ( tracks, feathers and dusting bowls). I had scouted this area out yesterday afternoon ( This is the farm Coalman and I spotted birds on Monday) after getting some intel from LIVE MAP. On Monday I had seen 3 Toms in the green field to the east. I decided to work my way towards that area at 7:30 am. I started to follow a brook when I came open a group of birds! They scurried down the hill and I continued down stream! I decided to try and get to a high point above where I last saw the birds and gave a few lost yelps. Immediately I hear a turkey yelping below me! Not A NORMAL HEN YELP.....GOBBLER YELP? I set up a decoy and sat to see if anything would come up the hill.......nope, but I could tell the turkey sounds were moving up the hill towards another clearing. So I put it in drive and started to make a huge circle to get above them. Well, it worked! As I started down an tote road........THERES SOME BIRDS! So down on my belly I went keepin a big beech tree between us. Closed another 10 yards on them. every now and then I would see a little head pop up! As soon as they cross the brook I need to roll over and sit up to take the shot. The first bird crosses the brook...then the second crosses.......BANG! BIRD DOWN! 2 birds fly off into the clearing and one bird is doing cartwheels! Now he is minus a few feathers off his full fan because of a minor OOPS when trying to keep him from going into the brook!
It was a fun and great hunt!
I am hooked!
Impatience is hard to ignore, but patience puts the bird in the truck!