Wow... I would have thought that someone would have atleast known someone that had gotten a fall bird. It sounds like you two might be our best bets so good luck come November 13th! I hope you both get a bird. Are those tags either sex or do you have to be more choosy? I want to see some pictures in a week or two.
I thought about buying a tag, but didn't want to spend the 22 dollars it cost to get one. I had two flocks of turkeys under my stand, but with no tag, it was no go. It did make me realize how hard it would be to get one with a bow and no blind. I'd have to pay attention and catch them way off coming in and draw my bow waiting for them to get close and then shoot. No way I could draw my bow when they are under the stand and get a shot off. i tried to get my blackberry to video them and it was impossible. One saw me and led the others off and I moved just slightly. It doesn't look like they were looking up but they see everywhere.
There can be too much of a good thing with antler rattling.
I like to hit the horns together for a good 30- to 40-second rattling sequence and then hang them up and resist the urge to hit them again.
This works to the hunter's advantage, because if a buck has heard it, he may have been 300 or 400 yards away and he comes in and he's not exactly sure where it came from.
When finally is time to rattle again throw a slight change-up into the routine.
The second time, don't rattle as loud...