Matt Kapinus - Ohio

It rained through the night & there was a good chance of rain this morning after ten o'clock.  So, Matt & I hoped we could get on a turkey early.  We started the morning at a roost site where he's been hearing a bird gobble recently.  But we stood there listening for a while & never heard a gobble anywhere!  So I did some calling & never got a response.  We discussed our options & thought about just setting up for a while.  But with the wet fields from the overnight rains, we figured we'd head over towards a field at the other end of the property.  As we made our way towards the field, a bird gobbled on his own within 150 yards!  It was a little before 8 o'clock when he first gobbled.  We discussed where we thought he was at & as we were deciding what to do next, he gobbled again!  He was in some open hardwoods in a small swale.  We had a little bit of thick stuff between us so instead of setting up where we were standing, we looped around him maybe 30 degrees & got set up on this grassy lane.  He gobbled a few more times as we got set up, so our hopes were high that we could work him in.  I didn't want to call to him from where we set up because he might come in from our right side & surprise us.  So I ran out past the decoys on that grassy lane & called from there...& he cut me off!  I ran back, got set up & stayed quiet.  We hoped he would come to where I called from & then we could work him down that grassy lane into our laps.  Maybe a half hour went by & he didn't budge.  Matt & I discussed making a move.  But I said "let me go out there, call to him again, give him five minutes & see what he does."  So I ran out there & called.  He cut me off again & actually gobbled three times!  So we waited him out.  A few minutes went by & he gobbled again.  This time he was closer!  Then a few minutes later, Matt spotted him at the end of that grassy lane where I last called.  So I gave him a few quick cutts & an excited yelp...gobble!  Pretty soon, he turned & came strutting right down that lane just like we wanted him to!  He slowly strutted the whole way in to our decoys & gave Matt an opportunity at a little over 20 yards.  Matt dropped him at a little after 8:30!  It was his first turkey in four years, so to say he was FIRED UP would be an understatement!  

 

Sunrise:  6:35 a.m.

 

Temperature:  57 degrees

 

Wind:  3 mph (gusts to 12 mph)

 

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Location:  East-central Ohio

 

# of gobbles heard:  35

 

 

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