Rain here, but it should be ending soon. This is one of the last few mornings I’ll be able to hunt ‘em off the roost due to work. Sneaking in close and seeing what I can make happen. I’m falling into the trap of hunting one specific bird. Let the chess match begin!
Pulled in a new spot 5 minutes ago. Been a couple groups in a field pretty much daily. Talked to my buddy and was surprised to hear one of his buddies killed one in the field. Said there was 8 longbeards in there.
I've never stepped foot in these woods and of course both my lights are in my fishing pack. Socked in fog pretty heavy. Waiting for enough light to sneak to the top of the ridge above the field.
Saw lightning and moonlight this morning. No wind and gobblers opened up at 5:45 all over. Had one in a tree about 100 yards. Called and he answered continuously then that familiar hen yelps to his tree fly down and they went the other way. Same story all season so far. On a good note no coyotes showed up that have been frequently this season. Heard of 2 more shot yesterday near by. That makes a total of 13 shot this season in my area of Tioga.
Nothing at first property. Moved to second spot and found a scorching hot one. Brother in law set up, I backed off about 20 yards. 3 mins later it was over. 9.5 inch beard 3/4 spurs. He used my v3 turkey pro. 52 yards and smoked him.
I've only managed to get out for a few crappy-weather days so far this year, so I was happy to see a decent weather report for today. I was hunting with an older friend of mine, and had it in my head that if we had a chance to double up, jake or not, I was going to take a shot. It almost worked out.... after fooling with a group of birds most of the morning, I finally got a longbeard and a pair of jakes right in front of us. Unfortunately, my friend missed the longbeard, but I was fortunate to make a clean shot on one of the jakes to fill my first tag of the season. Not the result we were hoping for, but it was a very exciting hunt nonetheless. We have a couple more days to get after them, so hopefully I can get another bird or two in front of my friend before we have to head back home.