I went out today Tuesday May 9th. It was a bit overcast but had rained steady the morning before. Running a bit late the turkeys were already down at 6:10. I know were they roost so I located them pretty easy. (You would think knowing were they roost would give me an advantage but it hasn't so far) I got to with in 150 yards of two gobblers and started with my slate. Not only did they not gobble back or come in they stopped gobbling all together. I waited a few minutes and switched to my mouth call. (I'm not that good with it) They answered about 300 yards away now! I stopped calling and moved in to close the gap. I set up in a valley with a stream in front of me. I thought it was too risky to cross it. I sat down and stayed quiet. I saw the tom come in 3 minutes later and instead of coming to the bottom on the other side of the stream (and where I had a shot) He went to the top. He was 40 yards away, gobbling, with 50 little saplings between us, protecting his head. I couldn't move, he walked away. I tried moving closer and calling more, but never got another response. They are still active, but calling a little, moving closer, and waiting seemed to work today. Just wish those saplings hadn't been there!
Post by THE DEER HUNTER on May 10, 2006 7:47:30 GMT -5
Still sounds like you had a good time. I went out today & we had 2 or 3 gobbling at us, but to no avail. They seemed to be a little wary of the calling as well. Maybe it's just getting a little late in the season for them to come as aggressively to the calls.
I agree with Nick. Birds were down off roost at 6:00 this morning. A bit too early I think. Saturday should be good hunting if it stops raining. They are getting harder to trick and don't respond to my locater calls. Mouth call is working best. Good luck to all!