The spring turkey woods are full of activity, Just not getting the results I would like! This season I have called in three different big gobblers. Missed one and could not get a decent shot on the other two so I had to let them walk.
This past Saturday morning I had an encounter with an old boss tom and he busted me before I could bust him. I had just called in a big “gang” of jakes with at least 12 to 14 in the group. They were walking all around my “set-up”, purring and clucking, looking for the hen and I was clucking and purring back to them as I tried to see if any of them was a long beard running with the jakes.
All of a sudden, up the hill to my left, the big gobbler that had been answering my earlier calls, crested the hill in a full strut and took a condescending stare down towards the jakes and me. He started walking down the hill and was drumming loudly! As he got about 70 yards from me, He broke into a menacing, head down rush toward my hen decoy and the several jakes that were admiring it. He ran down there and just a quickly as he got to the hen, he realized “this ain’t right” and he spun around and ran at a speed that was astonishing, punctuated by several loud alarm putts as he high -tailed it out of sight!
Bewildered, I just sat there, surrounded by jakes and wondering how he busted me so fast! Apparently, he was more educated about decoys than his “junior brethren” who still thought the hen was mighty pretty! That is the way turkey hunting is sometime!
I somehow managed to twist my left ankle and that created a lot of leg swelling and pain so my mobility was curtailed much worse than I have had in a long time. I have had to ride my four wheeler onto the property more than I would like to and I know that is detrimental to taking and older tom who likes to roost right at the front of the property. I have nicknamed him “Gatekeeper” and have found him roosted in the same vicinity for 3 mornings in a row.
Next trip, if my leg has heeled, I plan to walk all the way in instead of using the four wheeler. I want to set up on the gatekeeper about 30 minutes before daylight and see if I can’t bust his gate down! I will let you know how it goes in my next edition of :GOBBLES AND GRUNTS WITH POSTOAK!
Good hunting to you!