March 26, 2020

I woke up this morning with great anticipation of locating some turkeys. The temperature was near 50 degrees, and the sun was predicted to shine. Since it’s crucial to get settled before light, I began my trek up the trail to my cabin before dawn, using my flashlight to guide me through the dark. I arrived at the cabin and sat down on the front porch and watched the morning unfold.
It was just breaking day (about 6:20) when I heard three different turkeys gobble. I quickly left the porch and headed to the northwest corner of my property, where I heard a bird gobbling last week. (Getting as close as I can without spooking a bird is always a challenge.) I got within 125 yards of one on the roost but could not see him. I didn’t dare get any closer without being seen. It ended up being two birds roosting just below me on the ridge. They gobbled about twenty-five times before they flew down and continued to gobble after they were on the ground. As they were getting closer, I hurried and got out my camera from my turkey vest in anticipation of getting a video or picture.
I had on my camo from head to toe – the same attire I wear on my hunts. My video camera was turned on just in time to catch a red and white head coming over the ridge at twenty yards. This turkey was sporting a 10″ or 11″ beard. When he didn’t see a hen, he turned and went back the way he came. I guess he heard me walking in the leaves and thought I was a hen. I had a feeling that today would be a good day, but never dreamed I would get that close to a turkey without calling! I was grateful the turkey didn’t come within a six-foot spacing as mandated for the coronavirus; I’m not sure what I would have done if had gotten that close. LOL! Hopefully, everyone gets a chance to get out and experience nature today. God is good.

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