The deer had no problem stepping away from their cover and an arrogant coyote stared at me just out of bow range. Eastern box turtles were mosying about, as were black snakes. However, the Tignall Turkey stayed away from this hunt.
We know the property is thick with turkey. If we were not interested shooting them they would be strutting in plain view. They are not shy about poising for trail cameras. But while hunting today, turkeys are not what ventured out to taunt me.
The first to sneer at me was a coyote. Flanking a trail ‘road’ it watched as I gathered my gear to hike in to hunt. He was smart enough to make his observations before I had my bow together. Scanning him through binoculars I could have sworn he was spitting out turkey feathers. Coyote are a problem here in Georgia, and these critters are not on any endangered list. This one moved off with plenty of time to spare for his personal safety.
After Wyllie Coyote trotted off, it was time to walk to the area where we’d seen lots of turkey tracks and where they had had their glamour shots taken with trail cameras. Embedded in the red clay, remained dozens of deer and turkey tracks. Following the tracks they led past the stand from where I’d hunt. Feeling optimistic, I climbed into the stand, and once concealed, prepared my gear.
For hunting I use a Mathews ZXT, Axcel 7 pin sight, and Maxima Blue Streak Carbon Express arrows. The turkey calls I use are a MAD Boom Box and a Knight and Hale Long Spur. Before I started calling, I sat in the stand listening and watching.
After about 20 minutes, the sun was up, and a few deer wandered into an opening near me. They probably knew I was in the stand and were aware that it isn’t deer season. Working the Boom Box was enough to get them to meander back into more densely forested area.
The Boom Box and Long Spur are great calls. With a little practice they really make a decent mimic of various turkey sounds. They worked so well that within a short time I heard return gobbling in a thicket 50 yards in front of me to the right and 25 yards to my left. But, the boys would not buy it. Practice and patience did not pay off today. Using the calls, I clucked, putted, tried assembly calls and purred to no avail. I just could not sale it; they refused to avail themselves for an arrow.
After a few hours I called it a day. Walking out I passed a box turtle that showed little worry by my passing. As far as turkeys are concerned, I remain optimistic and have even lined up a taxidermist for my trophy.* There is still time to get that turkey before I head back to NC and MD. Plus, it is hard to beat spending time in the woods.
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