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Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Washington County PA
I have learned from bumped turkeys in the spring they will return to their strutting and areas roosting areas and they don't wait days to do it.
I have taken a gobbler shortly after he was flown and is standing in the middle of other gobblers and hens to return the next day to find they are all roosted in the same area to take a second gobbler out of the flock.
I have accidentally busted turkeys hen and gobblers at daylight from roosting trees without known they were there. To watch them fly out of sight. Then I have returned to that same roosting area in a couple of hours or waited to call in a mature gobbler who was unable to find the hens that abandon him at the roosting area. I like to seat up very close to where they disbursed and wait. I prefer to let him gobble first as I believe it increases the chances of him coming in and allows one to make set up adjustments as needed; however, on occasion I have got anxious after a couple of hours to call first and had him come in to range. It should be noted he may not gobble but only cluck when he returns.
These methods as outlined above provided my Monday and Tuesday gobblers this week. The spooked gobbler returned to my ambush at 9:20 after being busted at daylight.
Once in an effort to try to get close to a gobbler sounding off from the rooster I bumped all of his roosted hens. Lots of hen vey loud....I waited for 30 minutes +_ He flew down and came directly in to my single cluck without calling or gobbling. Perfect set up, but hard to do.
In your case it appears the gobbler and hens went the opposite direction which to me is great. I would set up right there for the reminder of the morning. I would make a few quite hen calls and if the hen(s) came back in from the direction ...that is the opposite direction the gobbler escaped. I would get up and run them off to eliminate the competition...return to my spot and make a few more hen calls. If you allow the hen(s) to call the gobbler and he gobbles back...chance are great the hens will go to the gobbler and the group having reassembled and therefore are not going to come to your calling. The hen a suppost to go to the gobbler.....as has been predetermined by MS Mother Nature.
If that don't work and you don't have other alternatives I would return there the next morning near that spot before daylight and listen for gobbling and take it from there.
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Last edited by Born2Hunt; 04-30-2019 at 02:21 PM.