Went this evening to listen/roost. Had one tree gobble right before dark maybe two hundred yards from where I was posted.
My dilema is the opener here this weekend. Possibly kill a bird bird but won't count for the contest and more than likely won't be two weeks before I get back there cause I will be in GA.
Gonna take my chances and lay off and hope nobody else finds him. He is close to 2 miles off the road along a creek bottom. Farms outside the bottom but they rarely get hunted for birds especially after the first two weeks.
Had two hens yelp just a little after seven this morning then one lone gobble 30 seconds later all within a few hundred yards of me.
I yelped back one time with no response so I just went silent.
Nothing for over an hour. I then hard putted/clucked a few times and heard a faint putt. Purred and clucked for a few seconds. 20 minutes later I see 2 hens working thru the bottom some 100 yards from me with another bird hanging back. The two hens get within 60 yards and peel away from me with the third bird never getting closer than 80 yards with no good visual but had a feeling it was the gobbler.
Hens get out of site so I putted and yelped once more. One of the hens circled back 10 minute later but got bored and left. The direction they first were going was into private property so I went down the bottom another 300 yards or so and called a few times with nothing. Packed it in around 11:45. Only heard one shot this morning so it must have been quiet for a lot of folks around me.
Upside was I saw 5 deer, one was a good buck and found an area that was tore up with rubs from late last year/early this year.
Me and my daughter went back to same area this morning and had 3 gobbling on the roost and they got quite after fly down and about 9 we got one fired up pretty good but never could get him to come in !