No such thing as perfect spring gobbler plan

To be honest, my Thursday morning did not go as planned.

Such is spring gobbler hunting.
There are times each spring where I find myself wandering. A half hour later I’m left scratching my head, wondering if I’m hunting or just taking my shotgun for a walk.

I’m not afraid to walk, although my friends would tell you I curse a little at hills. So when I heard a gobble off in the distance on Thursday morning, I started to walk. An hour later, I had walked far enough because that gobble I heard at daybreak was clearly much further than I had anticipated.

So, I turned around.

It felt like the scene in Forrest Gump when Gump, who had been running for weeks across the country, decided to go home. I wasn’t going home, but I most certainly wasn’t going any further.

My feet were happy. My ego, bruised.

So, I walked a mile or so into an area where I thought turkeys liked to go. It’s a grassy area in the woods — a storm years ago had ripped down some trees and what was once woods was now a three-acre greenery in the forest.

I called. Nothing. I called again. Nothing.

Determined to give it a shot anyway, I set up a jake and a hen decoy, and snuggled up to the nearest tree.

And then it happened —  a gobble just down the hillside maybe 150 yards. I readjusted my position, set my jake decoy and called. After just a couple of calls, it’s obvious this bird has some interest and is closing the gap.

Within minutes a tom appears into view at 40 yards and he’s glued on my jake. This may actually happen, I’m thinking.

He may not have been in the mood to fight, but he certainly was in the mood to investigate. With two putts from my mouth call, I was given the perfect shot and took it.

What a morning, I thought. But that’s the nature of turkey hunting, a sport that can change in an instant.

All you need is an imperfect plan, and the will to take a walk.

 

 

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