I am sorry to hear that some of you are having problems with the birds this year, but I'm glad to hear that it is happening to someone else, too. I have had similar problems both here in New Mexico with our Merriams, and in Texas for Rios. I'm not sure what the problem is, but the birds have just been tough this spring for some reason. Even though I have managed to take one of each so far, the number of gobblers that have expressed an interest in my calling is down considerably. It is beginning to affect my confidence, which, as we all know, is never a good thing.
I'm headed back up to the NM mountains to try for my second Merriams, and am hoping for a change in attitude from both the birds and myself. ...And to top it all off, I just found out this morning that the National Forest where I do most of my hunting is going to be closed due to extreme fire danger on May 1st, cutting 10 days off of the spring hunt for us! I wondering what else can go wrong?!
It's a good thing we have this forum so that we can all whine to each other about it. Let's hope things improve for everybody....and if each of you could say a little prayer for rain in the NM mountains, that might help me out!