4/29/10 Zone 7 two year old, 20.8#, 11-1/16 beard, 3/4 spurs. I scouted for 4 days and never seen or heard a bird, I finally found some tracks in just one of the places I checked. So I stopped at the sport shop in town to see if anyone was seeing birds and they all said the same thing, nope. I stopped at 3 registration stations, one had 3 birds, one had 5 and the other had 0 birds registared. Figured OH BOY this is going to be tough. Weds morning headed to where I seen the only turckey track I found, YES one set of tracks. Dawn broke and dead silence, nothing, zilch. stayed until noon then headed out for lunch. Scouted a new area in the afternoon, still nothing, but I found a small clearing about a 1/4 acare in the middle of some thick cedars and figured this would be a great strut zone if birds where here, it was covered with bright green grass. Thurs. morning headed for the strut zone, 19 degrees, wind blowing like a mother, 25mph with gusts 35-40mph. And more dead silence. I figured with the cold and wind that bad that the birds would be tucked in those thick cedars and that opening would be a gold mine. I had a hen deke in the middle of it and there was a old tree top laying in it that I tuck back up against. All I did for calling was hard cutts and clucks about once an hour, never yelped at all. About 9:30 I thought I heard a bird? So I gave him some more hard cutting. About a half hour later I see a white head up out of a pine and look around then disappear, waited a few minutes and laid into it again. Out he came, hit the opening and went into full strut at 45yds. I put the bead on him and waited, he strutted up to 32yds and broke strut, BANG tag one is history. Sometimes you just got to get lucky.
Everyone I talked to said the same thing, that they had birds all over the place until last Sept. then they disappeared, even people with bird feeders in their yards said the same thing?