Sitting with your back to the oak, in full camouflage, including mask and gloves, you feel comfortable and invisible, yet boxed in by darkness. The fluttering of wings just overhead startles you again, and you think of October mornings in the swamp when the red-winged blackbird almost brushed your head as they flittered through the alders you where hinding under. Now a third and yet a fourth gobbler sound nearby, echoing the roar of the first one you heard from up on the hill.
Suddenly you realize that you have your shotgun across your knee, it is pointing in the wrong way; To raise it, you must swing it to the direction where the tom is appearently strutting just out of sight, and moving the shotgun will give you away. Time sees to stand still. You wish you could mouth-call. You try the next best thing, your tiny pluger box call on the ground under your right hand. Your hand shakes as you give three soft squeaks.
. You forgot the hen. Suddenly she is there, twelve feet away, cranking her head to see where the sound came from. She circles you at that twelve-foot radious and on the second round say "puck! puck! puck!" Then she leaves in a straight line, saying "puck! puck! puck!" for all to hear.
Before you begin to hunt wild turkey, learn all you can about them; Attend seminars, listen to calling taps, watch videotapes, ask questions of experienced hunters, observe turkey in their natural environment. In most types of hunting, the hunt is more important then the kill. This is particularly true in wild turkey hunting. For this reason, and the fact that turkey hunters are made, not born, you must get out and experience hunting to really learn. It is my hope that these pages will teach you what others had to learn by mistake, opening your life to hours and days of rewarding experience.
Rick's Hunting Lodge