Loose the decoys and get closer, you are way too far awayWell, practically the same thing this morning. HA! This damn bird is now on my hit list. Once again, all morning, from 5:45am till about 9am he was gobbling all morning. I'm sure it was the same bird from Saturday. He didn't come in as close as he did on Saturday. He seems to only stay in this one area. He walks back and forth. There is a trail here that I set up next to - I put a Jake and a Hen just on the edge of the trail, hoping he would see it as he crosses the trail to go to and fro. I think I was between 100 to 200 yards from him as he was walking around, and I estimate he came in as close as maybe 75 yards a few times. But I don't think he was close enough to see the decoys.
A couple times when I heard him gobble and could tell he wasn't close by, I got up, quickly moved back away from the bird about 30 yards (either into the woods further, or I would move down the trail) and I would put out a yelp, then quickly get back into my spot hoping to make it seem like the "hen" is moving and going away. He would gobble back, but again, didn't get too close. I was hoping he would walk down the trail.
At about 7:30, I had yet another hen come in! Walked right past my decoy on the trail. Yet another perfect shot on a hen, if it were the fall season. Three days - three hens, all within 10 to 20 yards, clear shot. Crazy how the hens feel no fear coming into my setup, but the boys are paranoid. I also heard another hen softly yelp a little further up. I was hoping the Tom would hear those hens and come closer, but never did. Those hens left, and the gobbler stayed in this one area, just going back and forth.
I'm gonna start thinking about being more mobile. Up to now, I'm sitting in the same spot when the bird is over 100 to 200 yards away. I think maybe I should try to get a little closer if I sense he's hung up.
Thing that sucks is the rain is coming most of the week. I hope it doesn't screw up his pattern. This is my last week for this zone - though I do have the rest of the E period here, also.
Anyway, I'll keep trying, and I'll post the next frustrating thing that happens to me At least I'm in the right spot and get to hear the birds all morning. That is a good, fun frustration. (bad frustration is being in the woods and not hearing a single thing - been there, done that, too).