Looks like the birds are spread out far and wide and without many poults to start the chatter it's pretty quiet. I hunted some more of Pike Forest this evening with zero responses. I decide to stop by my cousin's with about an hour left. As soon as I got into the property I spotted two birds in the neighbor's field. I'm pretty sure one was a gobbler. I circled below the field on my cousin, the neighbor has his property posted like fort Knox, and set up. Thirty minutes later I'd heard one cluck towards the bottoms and I did not want to walk down that close to quitting time. So I started to move around the hill and soon as I moved just a few yards the woods exploded with turkeys. They had come in silent. I sat down and waited and birds started to call, then birds from over the hill chimed in. In a little bit I had birds yelping and coming my way, new birds coming from the other direction and I was grinning. Well the whole troupe met about 150 yards in front of me and it turned into a WTWF (World Turkey Wrestling federation) smack down, there were more birds fighting then I thought were in the whole area, Hens and hens, jakes and whatever. I just sat back and watched. This went on for 20 minutes then they broke up and started to mill around and looking for roost trees. I figure about 20 birds went up around me and I slipped out when it got pretty gray. Then only thing I had any chance of shooting was a hen, but I decided to just watch the fracas. I'll be back in the morning and see if there are any gobblers in the bunch, but if I call any turkey in I may shoot whatever comes.
My daughter who never wanted anything to do with guns growing up has decided she wants to hunt. So we had a training session and shooting lessons today and she promptly went to town and bought camouflage. So I may just put a bird down so i can focus on taking her. I wish she'd of went this evening, she'd have flipped out watching that show. Go figure, she's 29 and now decides she wants to hunt. I'm glad Ohio started the apprentice license, now she can try it without a bunch of time invested. Wish me luck with her, We've never really connected with anything else and this is a chance to do something together. I just hope I can get her on birds quick so it doesn't get boring to her.
Bust em, Bag em, thank HIm