Wayne , you are not alone concerning the head scratchin'. I returned to the roost site this morning , in the dark . If he was there he didn't gobble . One did gobble on the back ridge . I lit out like a track star . Made the ridge , and within 100 yrds of the gobbler . I set up and waited on him to come back to earth . When he did I offered up some leaf scratchin' and faint clucks . Next time he gobbled he's across the ridge top from me . He only gobbled twice from that spot . I waited him out for a bit and then proceeded on up toward the top . Just shy of the top I stopped to listen a bit . As I was looking out across the ridge top a 100 or so away , I see this turkey running . Just that quick I see a strutter coming in behind the runner . Then this second strutter comes running in from the opposite direction . He runs right up in the first strutters face , gobbles hard at him , turns and retreats back the way he came in . He no more than turned to go when I gobbled at them both . Didn't phase either one .
I stood still in that spot for some time . I eased out the box and made some clucks, purrs , and faint yelps . Then I get to hearing this deep bass. So , being a redhead , I ask myself , ''Is that near or far ?'' Seconds later my question is answered . Here comes this struttin' bird in the backdoor .Spittin'n' drummin' in what could only be termed as rapid succession. I can't see him because he is directly behind me . So I figure , just let him come on . My big mistake was not the fact that I was standing ,,,,but I was not leaning against the tree . He made me and began that miserable low key putt . I turned my head enough to see the beast . I couldn't make out a beard , and the amount of movement required for a shot was truly impractical . So I let him walk .
All in all,,,it has been a fine morning . I was beginning to be disturbed by the fact that I hadn't heard the spit 'n' drum this season . I ain't disturbed any more .
I have till sunset to get it done . After some refueling and a nap , I'll be back out there .