I've been out everyday since the 9 plus Saturday opener. I've seen some hens along field edges alone, one jake and on and off gobbling. I've also hunted different lands and even one small private place and nada. I've walked more than ever while hunting logging 4-7 miles per day. I'm set up once again where I saw the jake last week. One or two roost gobbles so far. Good luck guys.
Back at it today. Got in intentionally late this morning, hoping to avoid my whitetail escorts that I usually get at this spot. No luck though... they were happy to announce my presence to the entire county. I haven't been here since the first week, so i'm just setting along a well-traveled bench and watching the world go by for awhile.
Going straight from the woods to work, then heading back upstate for a few days. Hopefully I'll have some fresh turkey breast to take up with me.
set up under a jake and 2 long beards. Good gobbling for this time of the year. They flew opposite direction from me. Everything went silent now. Me and the decoy are gonna stick it out for as long as we can. Nice morning though. Heard 6 diffrent birds total.
Set up here in 2a where i spotted a group of longbeards and hens yesterday but couldnt get set up on. So i brought the blind today and set up where they were yesterday. Right now i have 5 jakes, a hen, and 3 long beards at 80 yards and they arent budging. I guess im gonna have to wait them out.
Not a peep on there roost in my area. I did hear a couple of birds a little after 7AM that started up across the road in the valley below where I was hunting. That was it for the morning. I could only hunt until 9. I am planning on hunting tomorrow morning but I might flip a coin to decide where to go. It just baffles me how one day they can be going crazy and the next its complete silence.
A buddy and I planned to hunt this morning. He went to scout/hunt/roost last night and ended up shooting a jake. Went in this morning and had the other jake he was with come in to about 50 yards. He boogered for some reason but I'd have passed him anyways.
This season the birds in the area I'm hunting seem to be using a much larger area than they have in the past five seasons or so. Other years I heard at least one gobbler every day. This year I've heard them once on the roost and once in late morning, and that's it. I can't go chasing them because I don't have permission to hunt the adjacent properties. I can only wait. I expect to hear something tomorrow. And I expect to tie tag #2 to a gobbler's leg.
Been playing cat and mouse with this bird since DAY TWO when he came in quiet and caught me with my pants down. Came to the call several days and times after that but stayed out just far enough to let me see him, but to far for a shot. Well today I caught him with his pants down.
Has some age on him. 10 3/4" beard and spurs were 1 1/8" & 1 1/4". Weighed a hefty 22 lbs. Killed in 5B right before the rain picked up.