Well...... this is an expansion of the posts that Hthrly posted. I figured we all could post a few situations that you learned a lesson on. I had a situation last year. Right as the sun started coming up and the birds have already flown down. There I was in a blind looking at 3 big Toms and a hen. They were about 70 yards out and the boyz were all strutting back and fourth in front of a closed gate. Well the hen didn't have any problem getting to my side of the fence and walked with in 15 yards to me. She just went under the barbed wire fence. After an hour or so the Toms moved down the fence line and on to the adjoining property. So what was I gonna do? I figured I would go after them. So I went down in a ditch and popped out right at the property line. I made it to a big tree and started to stand up...... WRONG!!!! The birds made me and started doing their alarm call. So the day went on with seeing nothing but hens for the rest of the hunt. So the next day I got out there and this time I left the gate open. Had two Toms sounding off. One to the left and one to the right. I started doing some aggressive cutting with a gobble following my string of calling and all of a sudden I see a bird walking up the fence line. He gets to the gate and does the same thing the birds did the day before. He just kept walking back and fourth on the other side of the gate. 20 minutes went by and I was getting winded from all the cutting I was doing. All of a sudden he deflates and realizes he can go through the opening in the gate. He inflates again and was on a b-line to my decoys. He did a back flip after I pulled the trigger at 12 yards. One of the best if not the best birds I ever got. So what did I learn? I learned to never close a gate if I am hunting turkeys and am close to a gate.