I have noted in other posts here about my hunting this past weekend here in SC Iowa but a quick recap.
Saturday, arrive at timber, toms already fired up, and work into timber from CRP, but cannot move much closer for day break was upon us. We set up, quickly notice 2 hens, to our right, on the limb. Toms are gobbling to our left, we are pretty much on the same level as the birds on the hillside. To our surprise we had slipped really close to the hens and didnt bump them.
The 2 hens were pretty vocal, one in particular, yelping, clucking and purring from the roost. Toms responded to them. I decided to do a little tree calling, and set off the what I assume was the boss hen who responded to me each time I made a sound on my pot. I tried to keep my calling very sparse, and let the hens continue to vocalize. The hens stayed on the roost what seemed like forever and didnt actually fly down until around 7:00 AM on a gorgeous day. They flew down hill sort of right towards where the toms had been responding.
After they flew down we didnt hear squat, zip zero nadda for the longest time, I got antsy and made the move to an area that I thought they would be headed, but that hunt was cut short by a predator. (Another story in itself)
Next day, Sunday, we decided to arrive a little earlier, and try to set up a little closer to the toms. Sure enough, toms were almost in the same spot as previous day. We worked as close as we dared and set up a single deke in a little open area. Set up, and tree called. Got a response, waited, called again, another response, and yelped softly and continue to get a gobble. Heard the wings of a fly down, yelped, nothing, waited, waited, maybe 15 mins, called, nothing. We sat there for about a half an hour, maybe a little less, then a crow caws and then heard a the gobbles, walking away from us. I yelped a little more agressive this time and heard what I assume was the toms we set up on, working there way away from us. We circled trying to work in front of them, but didnt hear, see or get anything fired up later in the mourning. Its like they shut up and disappeared into the mists.
Let me point this out, I get antsy easy and I think I may need to practice more patience, but if I think the birds are moving away from me, I move. Also, maybe my calling is a little to agressive first thing after fly down or maybe not agressive enough. There were hens in the area, which we learned the day before.
I thought about busting the roosted birds up that evening, but I have never had the balls to try that tactic, but heard it can work SOMETIMES.
What would you do, how would you set up different, how would you adjust your calling?
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