Well, I went this am our 2nd day of the season here in NY to a spot where 2 of 6 gobblers I had found about 5 weeks ago took up residence. So it wasn't too bad this am, no rain and little wind, but it had been raining and more rain was imminent. Got set up turkey early right where I wanted and sat in to wait. At 6:15, when it was really still too dark for flydown all of a sudden a hunter starts yelping and clucking behind me at about 60-70 yards. It sounded like a mouth call and it sounded really great, I mean really good calling. I thought, man, I wish I could use a mouth call that good. It stopped after about 40 seconds, but that was a long time and I thought, ah hell this isn't good, I am not safe and neither is he and besides, I think he is an idiot to start yelping so loud and crisp so early.
Well I since it was still to dark to simply stand up and call to him, so I thought I would wait till it was really light. So at 7:00 am, I told my self if he starts in again I'm gonna stand up and call out hello, hello...and sure enough he did and sure enough I stood up and started walking toward him and called out hello! and crap guess what happened then....I couldn't believe what I heard and saw, not 1, but 2 hunters flew out of that tree from the top [:@]and they had long skinny beards...yep, I had heard well, but not listened.[:'(] That loud and I mean loud yelping and clucking were the 2 gobblers. I had never heard the type of yelping they were doing...and actually recently on one of the call making and hunting forums a couple guys got started talking about gobbler yelping and I wondered what that sounded like....we sir, NOW I KNOW! I had been completely fooled and bad.
I still feel I made the right safe decision to identify myself, but next time will be different, man, never stop learning in the turkey woods!