Eddie Malik - Pennsylvania

May 5, 2016

Eddie & I hunted some state land yesterday & we messed with a turkey right off the roost that didn't cooperate.  So we figured we'd give him another shot this morning & hope he would be roosted in the same area.  We hiked back in there & listened from a high spot.  Sure enough, we heard him gobbling just as it began to break daylight!  We decided to go past him & set up where he headed yesterday morning.  As we made our way over there, we heard another bird gobble!  He was roosted off a small point on an open hardwood ridgetop (close to where we were heading anyhow).  He kept gobbling, which allowed us to close the gap & get set up within 120 yards or so.  Eddie laid a feeder hen decoy on the ground in the breeding position along with a jake decoy.  We got ready, the bird continued to gobble & pretty soon, he flew down.  I threw out some plain yelps & he hit right away!  Then I mixed in some clucks & he hit again, closer this time.  A few minutes later, I did some more soft clucks & whits...he hit again even closer!  Eddie said "he's coming for sure."  He gobbled twice more just out of sight.  I was afraid he would come up on this little high spot to our right & hang up there.  Pretty soon, Eddie said "there he is!"  He was coming up that high spot, strutting as he came.  But he spotted our decoys, turned & started making a bee-line for them.  He slowly worked his way down off that little ridge, spitting & drumming the whole way!  He strutted right up to our jake decoy & made a circle around it within twelve yards of Eddie.  He circled around the rear of it & brushed his chest against it, then jumped up & swatted it!  Then he began to peck at the head.  I asked Eddie if he was ready & he told me to get his head up.  So I cutt & yelped real quick, then Eddie busted him!  It was a classic, early morning hunt that turkey hunters dream of.  

 

Sunrise:  6:12 a.m.

 

Temperature:  48 degrees & cloudy

 

Wind:  calm

 

Barometer:  29.66 & steady

 

Location:  southwest Pennsylvania

 

# of gobbles heard:  20

 

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