Scouted a piece this morning where I had previously seen a flock while deer hunting. This being my second season, and me being a newbie, I've not been terribly successful with locating birds. So my approach this year was to hit the locator calls at first light, keep moving and cover as much ground as possible until I get a response. .. l did that for about an hour and had no response..other than the crows!!! They were cawing a lot, which I thought was great, let them do the work for me. Although I did not get a response, my sense was they were there and just being tight lipped. Decided then to get in the ruck and drive a half mile away to some other fields...this is all on public land mind you. As I go by one field low and behold, I see a couple of hens...I stop, glass for the gob, but didn't see one so I continued on to the next field, didn't spot any thing there, and headed back towards the field with the hens. When I came upon them, the Gob finally appeared...he was beautiful, what a sight to behold. He was strutting and all over one hen, the other two hens looked like they moved on behind the hill.
Gents for me this was like a gift...aside from one singular sighting (and attempt to roost) that was the only bird I saw last season. Now I've seen a flock and hopefully what will be a place to setup. Having said that I do have some questions. Opening day is 26 April, is it reasonable to expect they will be in that area again a week from now? They were in the field around 0745 this morning...is it safe to say they were probably roosting near by? I did no want to disturb them so I did not hang around to do a post mortum on the area and look for tracks and sign that may tell me where they are coming from, but plan to go back mid day another time and look around. My sense is they may have come in from another field a quarter mile away...that being the case should I set up inside the woods between the two fields or should I set my hen deke where I saw them and wait for them to come into that field? Should I hit the locator call at first light from that spot just to make sure they are still in the area...and since they don't seem to be responding to the crow calls should I try a Peacock? Sorry for all the questions fellas, but any help is much appreciated. Thanks fellas...I'm stoked!!!