Keep at it. This morning was the best I've seen all year. I've been out plenty scouting, and this winter has them running a little late, especially compared to last year. They were gobbling mad around me today, and the winter flock started splitting up just in the last couple days here, so soon they will be easier to hunt. Winter flocks are good for encounters because you can see so many at one time, but the flock mentality makes hunting a bit tougher in my opinion. It's either boom or bust most of the time. This particular bird I saw the day before cross the road, and he didn't roost with the rest of the boys. He was gobbling about a 1/2 mile from us. He knew where he belonged though, because he flew down, and was literally gobbling at every sigle sound out there...geese, cardinals, wood ducks, cranes, crows, and me and heading where the rest of the flock was. He was hot. Another thing that was interesting, is there were a few hens roosted right behind the blind, and this is not where the winter flock roosts, so splitting up has certainly begun.
When he came in and saw the decoys, he went into strut, and wondered why they weren't coming to him? He was so pretty and all, that these girls were either gay or fake. I think he figured out which, when the lead slammmed his face? lol In other words, he was still leary of the decoys, and they were DSD's which I think look prettyy damn real. Almost like he was surprised these girls were even talking to him? They've certainly been on the feedbag only. I've seen some fanning, but no real courting?