I had a feeling I shouldn't take the 20 gauge as planned. And it was a good thing cause the shot was through a few small trees and underbrush, as well as 40 yds.
Had my choice of two birds, both appearing to be similar in size. They were gobbling all over the farm Saturday, maybe 20 or so. These two hadn't gobbled until they were within about 60 yrds, but still out of sight due to the terrain. I thought maybe for an instant that I might not get a shot, as they didn't see my decoys and started to cut around behind me.
I'd say they were drumming and strutting for 30 minutes, and I couldn't see 'em. I was as frustrated as they probably were!
A nice bird at 24 lbs, with an 11" beard, and 1" spurs.
The weather was perfect. Clear, sunny, about 45 degrees, and no wind. There was even a slight fog floating across the creek bottom. Anything that made a noise, birds would gobble....crows, geese, sandhill cranes, my calling, owl's hooting....anything!