April 16, 2015

Gobble...Gooble..By Dan Infalt

Went out yesterday and found a couple birds...  One was at my buddy Daves farm. I told Dave I would meet him there at 4:30  when he got off of work...  At 3:30 I went behind the house to kill a half hour and called in two different groups of 2 hens...  Met Dan and we went to the spot where I saw the tom the night before... 

  I started calling and almost instantly had 3 hens run in... They walked right thru our set up and down the hill.. I called them back up the hill into our laps and past us playing around. Then they started getting spooky and kept going that way... Then the gobbler answered from that direction and I new I would regret calling the hens back and spooking them.


  As soon as the hens entered a large bean field and joined the tom he stopped gobbling and followed them around...  I moved closer and called a few times and it was obvious the hens were not coming near us again...  But, I had confidence that they were not interested in romance and old Tommy would get bored with them...

  They wandered across the large bean field and into the next farm over about 500 yards away. I just called enough to remind him that I was over here and more in the mood than his current companions...  After about 15 minutes he emerged alone and started heading straight for me...

   I had no front cover so I had to be motionless which was hard cause there were ticks crawling all over me...  When he got close I had one crawl up my face and start trying tho crawl across my left eye...  I started blinking real fast under my head net trying to get him off my eye, which eventually worked, but then he crawled in my ear, and that was probably worse than the eye...  Hard to say, but I did stay lock solid still even with the ear tick and another somewhere in my lower regions...

  I let him get as close as he would and he started getting buggy at about 40 yards so I popped him...  I self filmed the whole hunt, but have not looked at the footage yet...  I ran a hat cam and a camcorder on a tripod.
 

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