Thanks for all the input![:)]
Here's some more information and responses to comments:[8|]
Getting closer will be challenging but I do have a plan that may get me to the saddle unseen, albeit I'll be quite a-ways above the bird when I circle him. Cover is not the problem. Elevation gain is. (It's hard for a fat man to be a mountain goat!)[;)] The woods is mostly Doug fir, Larch and Ponderosa, with scrub brush along the way. I'll be letting the darkness, Brush and terrain hide me. This bird has a pretty sweet spot for himself. And he can see multiple directions from his "home". Below is a simple drawing of the senario.
- - >> <<<< - -
- - >>> P<<<<< - - P = The next point behind the bird
- - R>>> < - - There is a steep valley heading off WNW, just north of the saddle
- - >R>>>> <<< - -
- - >>R>>>> <<<<<<<<<<< - -
- - >>>R>>>> BT<<<R<<<<<<R< - - 4400' in the saddle where the Boss (BT) is, up to 4600+ in a hurry on both sides (Saddle still had snow)
- - >R>>>>> <<<<R<<<R<< - - R = Ridge)
- - >>>>>> <<<<<R<<<< - -
- - >>>>>> <<<<<<<R<< - -
- - >>>>>>>ST <<<<<<R- - The Satallite Turkey (ST) came into the meadow from behind a small point into the meadow.
- - >>>>>> <<<<<<<<< - - The open area is a long meadow at the bottom ovf a bowl
- - >>>>> <<<<<<<<< - -
- - >>>>>> <<<<<<<<< - -
- - >>>>>>> <<<<<<<<<< - -
- - >>>>>>X> <<<<<<<<<< - - I was set up on the X @ about 4340'
- - >>>>>>>>> <<<<<<<<<<<< - - There has been LOTS of activity at the base of the meadow (Tracks, droppings and such)
- that's why I set up there, I may have had the wrong time of day
I plan to move to the West to get closer - Birds will bust me if I go to the East (the satallite might bust me anyway).
I don't think alot of hens are in the area yet (that may have changed during this week) - my buddy and I have only seen sign for Toms. In the past 3 weeks we've scouted extensively, and have only seen BIG footprints and j-shaped droppings.[:)] There is a small town 6-8 miles from our hunt area. Over the years (fishing, hunting, etc.) we've become regulars at one of the restuarants and the locals tell us they see 100's of hens in the mornings - but no adult toms.[:)]
We have to hike about 2+ miles in to this spot (Deer in the fall too). Although we've seen other hunters near where we drive in to park, we've never seen or heard anyone where we hunt - or where we park. I feel pretty safe that we are alone in the woods.[:D]
I am using Decoys - a Jake and a hen. SHOULD I ADD A TOM??? ANOTHER HEN???
As far as calling - I don't think I'm calling too much.
I did call at about 6:30 - a half hour be for sunrise (Very soft tree calls). He belowed from his limb. I stayed silent until 7 while he continued to sound off. I heard him fly down. I called softly 3x over the next hour always getting response.
At 7:45 I moved back into the woods and called facing away from the tom, he responded and I move further twice more, getting responses both times.
I moved back to the set-up, and sat stone quiet while the Boss gobbled.
The only "calls" I made over the next hour were the "crumpling of a olive colored, plastic grocery sack" to simulate scratcing in the turf (pine needles don't make much of a sound). I don't know if the Boss heard the "crumples" but he continued to sound off at irregular intervals. It was probably this "scratching" that brought in the silent satallite bird.
I've been teaching myself how to gobble with a diaphram this week and plan to be back out there at 4:45 and when the Boss sounds off I hope to p*** him off enough to entice him (or the satallite) come beat me up![;)]
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