My buddy and I whacked our first birds on Saturday. I am new at this, and was sceptical. And I was having little success as my approach was to bag the calling and try and spot and stalk. Those buggers are hard to sneak up on. Saturday we spotted 3 gobblers heading up a hill on property we had permission. I told my buddy to go after them - but he said it was too late - they were moving too fast. But I talked him into it - but he insisted he wait for me to go with him. So I did. I thought we could go way around and ambush - but he wanted to tighter flank them and call them back. Oh, well - I'll let him try.
Long story short - we came up somewhat behind them on the left - over a shallow change in terrain, got prone, and he started calling. My buddy Doug has been serious about learning to call - watching all the videos, etc. I thought just in case I better get prone also, since there was no cover. To my amazement - he stopped those birds - they did a 180 - and came looking for us (or, what I should say, the `laddies' - as he was using various hen call sounds). The birds got well within lethal kill range - when they realized their error - it was too late - our almost simultaneous shots felled one each.
I'm now a believer (in calling) - and now have perhaps a new addiction.
Our birds were not kings of the forest - but gotta start somewhere.
I think I'll buy a second tag.