These last three days of turkey hunting had witnessed some high temperatures, and increasing humidity. I don’t care for such conditions, but I did get out to hunt for a little bit.
Thursday, May 26th, I already knew I wasn’t hunting for long. My mother, step-father, Bob, and sister, Ruthie were going to have breakfast. I told mom I would be back early unless I was working a gobbler. I heard a distant gobbler open up at 5:15 A.M. He was a hot bird gobbling for forty minutes. I feared traveling the distance, electing to hope a gobbler was just below me. He wasn’t! I heard another tom across the hollow where I was setting. I heard a turkey fly down right beside me. It was a hen.
Friday, May 27th, found me setting in the dark, once again, hoping the gobbler chose this site for his roosting area. I heard the gobbler from over a half mile on the roost. He only gobbled twice that I could hear. However, a closer bird exploded with a few spaced gobbles. I moved in on this bird after waiting until six. I worked around the hill hoping he would gobble again so I could determine his approximate location. He did! Unfortunately he was farther that I thought. I circled around to try to get above him.
Once on top the bird was silent. I called hoping to get a response. I decided since it is early to try another place. I thought I heard a response to my call once I arrived. I set up and waited for a time and heard nothing else. Too hot so I elected to quit. I could see a tom with two hens in a field.
I called as I removed myself from the hill. I heard hen chatter above me and called in a lone hen.
This morning, May 28th, I was setting at the same place to listen. I heard the distant gobbler a few times. I was thinking about a strategy when I heard a gobble across the hollow again. I moved fast this time. The old leg wasn’t feeling all that bad this day. I was on top of the hill listening when the bird gobbled way low below me. I moved in as the bird was moving, too. By the time I got close and had a response I realized the turkeys were very low near where two township roads intersect with a state road. What to do?
I knew the residences were around these birds. I tried to entice them back up over, but they ended up crossing the intersection settling along Cherry Run. I gave up on the birds. I tried to stir up the earlier gobbler, but he wouldn’t budge.
I was walking along the road when a local Wildlife Conservation Officer stopped by. We chatted, and he checked my license and recognized my name. We talked some more. I decided to call it a day. Pretty Darn Hot! Besides I had to prepare to play music later today in Butler, PA.