To swpatryhunter, Dank and all,
It's Thursday and I've had time to access last weekend's events.
We hit climbed above the bird and moved in to about 75 yds. He didn't gobble until just a 1/2 hr before sunrise this time - but when he did there was no mistaking this was the same bird. Light tree calls affirmed his desire.
He moved off the limb. I called with my best Gobble - He jumped all over me in responce - AND WENT SILENT. I expected him to come in and had set my jake so that it would be seen first. After about a half hour + we heard him far below us (200' down, 250 yds out and 60' below his roost) in the area where the Jake had spooked the week before. He now was with hens and for the next hour I heard him move steadily towards and through the previous set-up location.
getting ahead of this bird would have require "Scotty to Beam me there" as the cover through the woods is sparce.
As the Boss moved away, the woods became alive with gobbles behind him. As the day progressed we did see a single hen making her way to a ridge top from the "service" direction. She accosted us with her clucking as she went by.
Here is what my buddy and I think may have happened - This bird is the bully of the woods, and last week I messed with his routine. By setting up where we did, The Boss was able to "complete his rounds". We suspect he met several hens as he moved through his zone. The other toms simply wait until he is out of the way before sounding off. All of the other Gobbles we heard were pretty far off.
This weeks plan - Move in - Shut up - Let him come NO DECOYS, NO GOBBLES. We plan to buddy hunt - set the caller significantly back in the direction of travel and call only if he hangs up.
This bird needs to be taken out (for the good of the woods, of course!)
- any thoughts (sarcastic or otherwise) will be considered.
The area we hunt is BIG. Geography dictates where the bird will go we know, but after seeing the hen move through 350' of elevation change in pretty good time, I hope not to be wrong again!
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