Wet weather has certainly put a clamp on the gobblers on my lease and some seem to have just melted away! I understand them not gobbling due to the rain and cooler temperatures but, I can’t even find any fresh tracks in the roads! At the start of season There was plenty of tracks and even a few strut marks on several of the bare spots on the powerline right of ways. Now, just a track here and there but, very spotty!
I know the turkeys were plentiful on the lease and I have only taken a couple off it so not sure if they have been moved by some adjoining track where they could be getting fed or what the problem is but, with turkey season winding down, it is looking like I might not take anymore toms from this property.
Well, you never know how a place will turn out when you pay the lease and this year was no different! I have taken two decent gobblers off it and had some close encounters with a couple more gobblers. One that I just plain missed on opening weekend and have not seen him again. He was a magnum tom and I am still sick over missing him. However, that led me to add an aim-point sight and it has proven to be a great addition to my gun. I have found it very easy to use and can get on target quicker! IT has proven deadly to several Alabama and Tennessee toms so far and I plan to add to the body count next week as I go back to rocky top to finish up on a limit of Tennessee toms and also get up to Kentucky for one or two of those big blue grass gobblers!
This part of the Alabama Spring season, the wind -down to conclusion does appear to be fairly routine. I am finding hens coming to my calls in hope of finding a flock mate or finding a gobbler who is just tired of gobbling but, not too tired to breed. Hens still on the prowl this late in season have often lost a nest they started earlier to a predator and are trying to get a second chance to raise a brood of poults before they lose out on a summer of being momma to a dozen or so young turkeys.
Yesterday, I called in two different hens and both were very talkative, much more so than at any point in this season. I also called in a big jake gobbler who walked all around the tree I was hid up against and he was putting, purring, cutting and cackling as he looked for the hen he knew he heard at that tree! Turkeys always amaze me at the keen ability they possess to know exactly where you are hid at. All three of the turkeys that came looking for me walked right to me and got within five to six feet as they purred and clucked looking for me. I was very glad to not have a decoy set out since they got so close. I have ran off as many turkeys with a decoy as I have seen a decoy bring in. Late in the year I prefer to hunt covering more ground and going to a gobbler like I did in the younger days when I followed the rules of “old School”. I still prefer to go after them that way!
Season is about gone! Go out and hunt some soon!