Saturday, May 3, 2014
We set up while it was still dark and early. It was about 5:30. We set up a big tom decoy with a fanning tail, and 2 hens. We set the tom closer to us, so as to draw in the birds towards us. They'll notice the hens, but then go for the tom.... So it was all quiet for an hour, an hour and fifteen minutes. There was lots of crows, geese, various finches, and two herons that flew over. All of a sudden we heard a gobble in the distance. It seemed quite far away. We decided to keep calling.
So the scale doesn't lie - 21lbs basically. We never actually put a tape on its beard or spurs. But I would guess that the beard is 7 inches, and the spurs were just at that inch mark.
We stayed out and hit another field for another 90 minutes. A hen walked all around us soon after setting up and calling. It was very weary though to say the least. It kept its distance quite safely, but was curious. Hens are not a legal shot, unless it has a beard. This didn't have one. Plus, it wasn't that close to me at any given point. But it was fun to watch and hear it call.
So Larry continually gets it done - whereas me, not so much. Oh well. I had a great time and there still is lots of time to get one myself. I think I'd go back and see if there are any buddies of this guy still around.
Posted by DRM Exploits at 1:51 PM