Probably the best morning of the season for me even though the weather wasn't great.
Actually had great gobbling on the roost which I haven't heard the last 2 seasons.
They were all a long ways off....but I knew I had 15-20 minutes to get close. I made a run for it.
Long story short...I knew 1 was closer than the rest but I didn't hear him during my morning Sprint. I stopped to listen and he was 30yds away on a limb lol.
Still had several gobbling. Started working them and had a good feeling they were going to charge right in. Another sudden down pour and silence.
Long story short, after a long wet miserable sit I gave in. I knew the other trail wasnt far. 30-40yds and that was where the last gobble was. I figured he saw me or didn't see the hen and he left...I couldn't see the trail...when I setup the closet hottest bird was 100yds below me and 100yds from the trail (it angles)
I knew better... should have been able to shoot the trail....
I knew better...I should have sat tight.
Yep...I get to the trail and stand there. I look left (down the hill) and there's 3 gobblers standing there looking at me 35yds away lol. They didn't spook bad...looked at me a few seconds and walked into the woods.... basically where I was setup lol.
Been so long since I've had actual action my mind was in rookie mode....aside from jakes, those are the first birds I've actually worked the last 2 years.
I have 8 more days of the season off. Hopefully this morning is a sign of things to come and the hunting gets good here.
I'm not really confident the flintlock will fire because the one downpour caught me off guard and I know it got wet so I'm back home....dry everything out and reload the flintlock for tomorrow.