I’m headed out in the morning with the kid. We may have somewhat clear skies for the first time in almost a week, I’m hoping they gobble hard after the last 3-4 days. Pic below is the forecast for 6am tomorrow
Air was thick enough to cut with a knife. Heard 3 courtesy gobbles to let us know they were still alive. Highlight was on the walk out - hearing, spotting and then watching a woodpecker try to kill himself calling and beating on a dead branch. Poor guy was obviously lonely, lol.
Went in blind on sat hoping they were roosted on the ridge 50-75 yds away..started getting light and realized I had at least 13 birds roosted within 30 yds...damn didn't want them that close!
Couldn't really move so never touched a call until after flydown.
Heard 3 toms gobbling on roost couple hundred yds away and alot of tree yelps.
The big tom roosted by me was silent but fanning 9n the roost..hens and jakes flew down close all around me and I was surrounded by birds and pinned down really'big tom flew down off my right shoulder landed about 50 yds away and strutted back and forth on creek bank.couldnt fully turn toward him still he came a little closer before he walked off silent with 2 hens in tow...
Finally was able to call a little bit with not 1 gobble on the ground and he was gone over the ridge.
Had a group of jakes teasing me in range and another tom at 30 yds strutting and fanning no gobbles.he had a full fan but short little beard so I passed him..
Sat til 11:30 called 2 hens in around 10 but that was it for that hunt.
This heat outright stinks. They were, however, gobbling decent yesterday morning. The dominant bird wouldn’t come closer than 60 and opted to follow the hen that walked between me and him (little bi$&h). Haha
They went to strut in a neighbors field that I also have permission to hunt, so maybe I’ll sleep in tomorrow morning and set up there.
Anyone else been out in this heat?
FYI - the ticks and skeeters literally exploded around me over the weekend. Picked 20+ ticks off my beagle last night after taking her for a walk down my road. Grass was only 6” high…
I really thought this was a spring turkey season and not a dinner one. Can't wait to be out there looking similar to Yankees beagle. Sounds like you boys are getting right in the ball park. Wait for your pitch and send it home.
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