Usually at this time of year, I’ve got several nice toms scouted and have a pretty good feeling about things. This year, however, I’m just not seeing the number of birds as years past. I know there are some good toms around though, so I choose to be patient, checking fields each morning, listening for gobbles in traditional roosting places, and practicing my bow some more. You have to be opportunistic and know how to capitalize when you see one… today was my first day I felt I had that chance. I saw a heavy-bearded tom work across my field this morning before work. It was time to make a move, so I headed out behind my house for a quick evening hunt.
I was excited to see four bucks make an appearance in my clover plot, but no birds. Day one was a bust…better days ahead!