Fooling Old Tom
Every year my Pro-Staff and I head to the woods to hunt the old wise Tom. We travel thousands of miles covering numerous states hunting these old guys. Lots of times we end up hunting public lands or private property that have been hunted already. That’s the last thing you want to hear when you just traveled 6 hours that someone else has already hunted the property. We had to come up with a game plan and one real fast.
The first thing we did was ask the farmer were they usually see the birds in mid day. We ask mid day cause we know the birds are just walking around and not out feeding and the birds will be less alert. The birds will also be more relaxed cause during mid day they are normally in there living room. We know how comfortable we can get in our living room.
The next thing we do is find a good set up point from the feeding to the living room. This will usually be a fence row, strip of trees or maybe a creek. We then place a blind close to were the birds are traveling with the hunters ready to go. The next step to out smarting the old birds is place another blind about 30 yards behind the hunters. We call this the calling blind. Once the calling blind is ready we start calling. As we start to call the birds they are focused on the calling blind and not the Hunter's blind. The birds will generally walk right by the hunters blind and never pay any attention to them and keep their focus on the calling blind since that is were the calling is coming from.
We used this set up over 6 times last year in 4 different states and ended up harvesting over 10 birds. We also managed to put 8 of those hunts on film. So if you are filming this works real well for that also. Remember that if you are taking out younger hunters that tend to move around more than we do, this works very well.