- Jun 13, 2019
Bama opener was Saturday, it had been 20+ years since the last time I went and my dad took me. I ended up setting up 30 yards from some scratching I found the day prior. Found a tree and was letting the woods wake up and next thing I know I hear dogs barking going crazy. In about 10 to 15 mins here comes 2 does and 2 dogs not far behind. I got up and went else where. Ended up at a south alabama hilly oak bottom between a swamp and a thicket. Walking slow and doing some soft yelps with the mouth call, even tried the box call for the loud cutting and yelps and wasn't hearing anything. Finally I decided to give some loud cuts and yelps on the mouth call and right after gobbles. I thought some hunters were messing with me because the gobbles came from the other side of the swamp. I did it again right after and didn't hear anything so I decided to setup just in case. About 5 to 10 minutes later I heard what sounded like a person walking through the swamp, and thought this guy is taking it to the next level if this isn't a turkey. Then I see red heads, waited for him go behind a tree and moved my barrel about 4 or 5 inches and just seen his head on the back side of the tree. Instead of shooting I wanted him to take another step or two out from the tree and unfortunately he must have seen me because he got spooked. As he was walking away I decided to take a shot through an opening I had. Missed, then they flew out of my life back into the swamp. This morning I setup on some fresh sign next to some private and heard gobbles as the day broke. Couldn't get them to come in but man it was a great first weekend of this new addiction of mine. I know its new but i think I've had more fun this weekend hunting turkeys than I've had ever hunting deer. I put to much pressure on myself when hunting deer instead of just having fun. I think and hope it will change my mind set on hunting deer. Any one have any luck or encounters this year with turkeys yet?