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  • High Plains Drifter

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    My youngest son Blake and I stopped on a high hill to listen right before day break. Once owls started their morning salute, a tom answered just 60 yds on the side of the hill. We set up with Blake being in front and I moved back to start calling with some soft fly downs and yelps. Once the bird pitched out, he came in straigt towards Blake but started circuling at the 40 yd mark and came in on my side with in 30 yds which allowed me a clear shot. He wieghed 17.8 lbs, 10 1/4' beard, and 1 1/8' spurs. Blake still claims I planned it that way! Lol
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    High Hills
    High Hills and Ridges are some of my best for locating gobblers.
    Looks like Blake and you knew the right spot to be.
    Congrats on a Up State Gobbler.
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    High Plains Drifter
    My dad worked another tom from that same Hill but a coyote wanted to join in!

    Thanks again-Daryl
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    hillside
    Man that must be Lancaster County that has all those hills - LOL.

    In the Lowcountry we got flat and we got swamp.

    Judging gobbling birds on a hillside must take some experience.
    Tell Blake they choose their path using logic that man cannot fathom, and that his time will come.
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    High Plains Drifter
    Blake has had 4 different toms circle him this year. He is really gaining some valuable experience.
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    theme
    That has been the theme for this year. The bird's seem to be going around behind the caller in an aggressive fashion (i.e. more than they used to) and I'm beginning to think this is a way for them to counter the coyote jumping out of the bushes possibility that they are learning to live with.

    Then you can say 'Whooped 'em again Josey' - just like in the Outlaw Josey Wales.
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