I watched this bird the first two days of the season without being able to get him within gun range. The first day he was very vocal, but was with 5 hens, full strut most of the time, would answer my calls, but couldn't get closer than 80 yards. That following monday, I tried again, he wasn't gobbling at all, but this time was with 7 hens. He didn't respond or even so much as look at me when I called. Tuesday morning, I decided to take my chances, to setup in the middle of where all these birds were roosting. Got out just as it was cracking daylight, I had 50 yards to my spot, and a turkey took off from directly overhead, out of a pine tree. My heart sunk, but I decided I'm here now, may as well give it a shot. Snuck in the rest of the way as quiet as I could, put out a hen and a jake decoy...and waited. 20 minutes later, he gobbled from the roost. I couldn't believe it. I knew he was close, but I couldn't pick him out in a tree. I left him go a couple minutes, then made a few light yelps on the slate call to let him know I'm here. 10 minutes later, I hear a turkey fly down, but it was behind me. SLOWLY turned my head, andn right away saw it was him. 20 yards away. Well, it really was my lucky day, because he ended up walking behing a big blowdown, which gave me enough of time to turn around and get ready for the shot. By the time he was in the clear, he was 15 yards away, but very cautious. I think he may have caught a little movement when I turned, anyways, I shot, and that was it. Very exciting hunt, and always glad for the opportunity for a day in the great outdoors!! Good luck to everyone out hunting!
never got a chance to weigh him
shot in potter county