I know this sounds funny, every once in a while I was hearing a strange noise while hunting for turkey hunting in central Wisconsin this last week. I never experienced it before. It was a very low drum beat like sound that started off slowly and quickened pace toward the end. It would last less than 10 seconds and was always the same. I thought it was either my arteries hardening from all the truck stop style greasy camp food, or maybe air in my sinuses from all the diaphragm calling. At any rate I didn’t tell anyone. The sound to me seemed to be coming from inside my head rather than being picked up by the ears.
My cousin, son, and I were hot on a gobbler’s trail later in the week. I was doing the calling for my cousin. I was hearing the noise when he spun around and whispered, “Is that you that keeps making that noise?” I laughed and asked my 11 year old if he could hear it. He said he could as well. A couple times I even looked at him as I started to hear it. I would see him smile and tap out the beat the same as what I was hearing.
We talked about it with my uncle on the logging road. He thought it might be grouse drumming. I did not see any grouse in the woods at all. This morning, I was hearing it before it even started to get light out. I didn’t think grouse were on the ground this early.
Have you ever experienced this? Does anyone know what makes this noise? Do turkeys make this noise?
Thanks in advance for the help.