My season is off to a slow start but, the gobblers have been answering my calls really well, just not coming in. The first morning of the season I hunted in Macon County and enjoyed the vocals of six different gobblers. I struck out to what I thought was the closet one and in just a little bit had him coming to my calls “like on a string”. He covered to hills and hollows and was closing fast! Then he just hushed! I was not sure if he spotted me or a hen got betwen us and cooled him off. I sat for another 45 minutes after his last gobble and saw movement coming! I got my shotgun to my shoulder and was almost ready to push the safety off! Then I saw antlers and about a dozen deer came trotting over the hill and down to my left. I was fortunate to have the wind in my favor since I sure did not want to spook them and run the gobbler off. However, they got down in the small ravine off to my left and started feeding and did not continue away from me.
After another half hour, I heard the gobbler sound off but he had moved over the hill and was about 500 yards off. I decided spooking the deer would be ok so I got up and they just looked at me like, “we know its not deer season” they did pick up and walk off on down in the bottom so I trekked on up the small trail, slipping over the hill top and when I got to the top of the hill I decided to “check him” with a soft set of clucks. Gawwwwbbbbllee!! He nearly blew my cap off it seemed! I could not believe I could not see him since he sounded like he was within 10 feet! I immediately squatted and crawled over to a small tree behind the cover of a bush. I just knew he must have seen or heard me enough to spook him off, and I did apparently.
I sat there for about an hour and replayed my approach and mistakes. We all make them and I know I should have just “waited it out” where I was before the deer came across me. Mistakes will cost you a turkey and if you don’t think you will make some, Then you are a better turkey hunter than me! I have been hunting them for over half a century now! Man talk about feeling old! But, I still lose some of my turkey matches every year and this one has started as no exception!
I walked back to the power line where I had parked my four wheeler and glassed down it. A big gobbler was strutting about 600 yards over so I slipped down the side of the line to about 300 yards and slid down into a good spot to call. My first yelp he answered and immediately started walking to me! He got close to killing range and walked behind some privet hedges on the same side as I was set up. I was ready to make a 25 yard shot on him soon as he cleared the last hedge but, He stopped just before the end of the hedge row and walked the other direction! I clucked and he stopped, strutted and gobbled! But, he kept walking back to where I had spotted him and that ended my hunt!
I will get him next time, If I can find some time to hunt! Turkey season is just getting started and so am I !!!!