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.
At least your hearing birds man. Got bird #1 on the opener and haven't heard one since lol. I have been out all but 2 days of the season and covered a lot of ground.I can share in the misery somewhat. I have had gobbling birds everyday this season but between non-committing gobblers and jakes that sound like gobblers I just can't seem to get #2 on the ground. Chased a group of gobblers yesterday in circles for 2 hours. I then decided I had enough of those birds after hunting them the last (4) days and not killing one so went to spot B where I worked some Tuesday. I found those birds on the roost got setup everything worked out great...what do you know more jakes. Moved on some other birds I heard and chased them for over a mile before I had to back out due to work obligations.
I am sure no where as frustrating as others as at least I am in it (i.e. That was my last year season was hearing no birds) but still I have not had this hard of a time in a while of pulling a gobbler off of a group.
(i.e. I think I have only missed 6 days so far but I only hunt until 7:00 during the week)
Sitting tight is so, so hard to do when you have yourself convinced that something went wrong and you know how that goes. Due to pressure or whatever, they just decide to go extra slow and quiet that last little distance and you just presume (due to extended time or other circumstances like you described) that they spooked or got bored...only to stand up and see them.Six gun, you're right....after a season and a half of pretty poor turkey hunts, I made some rookie mistakes...just because lol. Once I learned to sit tight I started killing more birds....if it was just 1 event I think I would have sat...but there was a series of things that all pointed to it being over lol....
On a better note...I'm fairly confident the gun wouldn't have fired after that down pour. About the bottom 1/3rd of the powder was a nasty mess.
...Gun was dried out, unloaded, cleaned and reloaded.
...Think I have to go hunt them and hope they are smoking hot again tomorrow.