Ill start off saying I am just glad Hart was with me for this trip and specifically for the call in I am going to relate. Otherwise I dont think anyone would belive me.
This was the greatest call in I have ever managed, heard of or seen. I called this bird in from over 1/2 a mile. Not unheard of, but I also called him off a timbered hill, down across a meadow, across a 2 lane gravel road, down across another meadow, down a hill to the edge of a 50' cliff, then into another brushy ravine to the bottom, and here’s the kicker, and across the powder river, which is about 80yards wide, and another 100 yards through the cottonwoods and right into my lap where it ended. All told the call in took over 2 hours. He gobbled non stop. Mark and I watched him come down off the hill thru the meadow over the road and into the 2nd ravine, then he was out of sight until he was about 75 yards from me. This is also my largest bearded Merriams at 10". The spurs are nice, Ive never shot a merriams with 1" spurs so 7/8ths is pretty good for my area. I also got to break in my new SBE. Mark and I had a great trip with lots of birds called in and heard. Mark tagged out with a couple of great shots on vocal birds. I have one tag to go. I cant wait to get back.