After Fridays experience with “Pretty Boy” I decided to use a group of hen decoys yesterday morning. My grand-daughter Ava was excited, as we just knew those 4 Juvenal Tom’s would get excited about our set-up.
We were up at 5 o’clock, and walking back to our turkey woods by 5:25. Ava carried the backpack with all the turkey calls and other essential paraphernalia, and I carried the little Remington 870 and the turkey decoy bag. We had to cross a creek and I was hoping Ava could negotiate the little rock dam without falling in. She did just fine!
We arrived at the blind and I immediately set out three hen decoys in field in front of us. I got Ava set up in a good position where she could stand to take her shot. The blind was well concealed. In fact it was so well hidden that we actually walked by it before I realized we had done so! About 10 minutes before 6 o’clock the turkeys started gobbling from their roost in the woods 400 yards north of us. The wind was non-existent and the red glow of the soon appearing sun let us know it was going to be a perfect day in the turkey woods.
When I started to do my hen talking I got a response from several birds. After 20 minutes of calling I did the “fly down cackle and that drove the Tom’s crazy. I could tell when they hit the ground, and at first it sounded like they were heading our way. At one time they were directly in front of us but still 150 yards into the woods. For whatever reason they decided to walk away from us, and that’s how our “sure thing” morning ended. Of course we were both disappointed, but we had shared a unique “Papa grand-daughter ” moment that we won’t soon forget. Ava was a real trouper, and hopefully I can get her back out again soon. The weather is not about to cooperate, as rain is in the forecast for the next 4 days. Sometimes the late season hunt goes better than the first hunt, and this year things seem to be running behind schedule anyway. I’m looking so forward to getting her on a “Gobbler” but even if I don’t we have had a good time together in the “Turkey Woods!”