First day Pennsylvania 2007 is history. No turkeys down, but spirits are soaring. I decided to give my roost location to a visiting buddy and I hunted the other side of the road. My report is easy. Heard none, saw none, got a great nap at 9:30 [sleeping in the woods is the best.]
Now for my buddy Regis and his morning! The morning was breezy, cloudy, but dry. I walked him into the woods to a predetermined spot that we had discussed. Based on Friday morning’s scouting, I told him to stop after reaching the flat bench – one gobbler was 75 further across the bench - one gobbler was above the bench near the foot of the mountain, and one down in the valley. The hens were roosting along the edge of the bench. After walking him to within 25 yards of the bench at 5 a.m., I left and went across the road and took my nap!
He told me a 5:45 a.m. the hen went into her morning song – after15 minutes of loud, steady yelping, the first gobbler on the bench got the memo and gobbled. Regis waited for several minutes of hen and gobbler discussion before calling. He immediately got a gobble answer 10 yards away and straight up. He sat under a bonus gobbler! Looking up, he said it had a 4” beard. It flew down nearly on his lap, looked around and then went to the hen. The other bench gobbler did the same. He got a good look at it too but no visible beard.
So he had two jakes romancing a hen when suddenly the “up the mountain” gobbler came running down across the bench in half strut and he pushed the two jakes down into the valley. It was just after fly down and seeing a beard on the third gobbler was impossible, although he said it was a dandy size with a snow white head.
All this action took place on the bench within 30-yards of his location and he had used only 45-minutes of the season! Talk about your good mornings!
He called up a forth gobbler mid-morning. It was a big bodied jake with a crew cut beard.
Finally he heard a fifth gobbler at 10, but just one or two gobbles. It was probably traveling through with his hens.
Not a bad start to the season and we saw one other hunter who looked like he was hunting small game. He was dressed in an orange vest, orange hat and blue jeans. That guy was taking his gun for a walk.
Hope your season was safe and successful. We had a good morning and expect to have many more!