TNDuckHunter1 wrote:A couple weeks ago, the turkeys were gobbling all day letting you know their position. I could always walk and see a few strutting somewhere. I have noticed that they gobble like crazy for about 30 min in the AM and then stop.
They are with hens...sounds like you are between gobbling peaks when the hens are receptive and the gobblers just pitch off the limb and strut around following them and breeding...Tom's don't need to gobble-(all his ladies are right in front of him)-and if they do gobble it will be a half-hearted "courtesy gobble" to let you (the hen he thinks he hears) know where the party is at.
My best luck for calling is around 10am and have had a few come to me. 2 days ago, one came to me but I thought it was a hen. I could hear it clucking and coming to me with no gobbles. I was in the wooks and when he got hung up, I raked some leaves and then he started gobbling often to the calls.
The reason this happens is that the hens start leaving the gobblers around 10 a.m. to go find a nest site, build a nest, or start laying one egg a day...once they start laying eggs. When the last egg is laid, the hens will sit on the nest 24/7 only leaving very briefly during midday to get water, catch a few bugs, and deficate (crap) away from the nest. They will AVOID a gobbler when they are sitting on the nest so the the gobbler will not follow them back to the nest because the gobbler will not leave and will strut and gobble attracting predators. And if she sits on the nest, the gobbler will try to mount her on the nest and squash the eggs. when hens go to nest late in the season, the gobblers go from playboy to lonely boy and will start trolling ridges looking for the last hens that have not been bred or those that have had their nest destroyed by predators (raccons, foxes, possums, etc...) or flooded from high spring rains. When this happens, hens will seek out a gobbler to re-breed; gobblers know this and go to spots that hens frequent and set up a strut zone, or if he is a road runner, he will walk no stop gobbling on his own trolling for hens...
Your gobbler knew exactly where you were sitting and came in clucking looking for the hen he heard calling. you should have had your gun on him and figured out whether it was a hen or a gobbler once he came in...
They seem a little less active during the midday...is it the 80 degree temps....no rain for last couple weeks...no cloud cover.
I am in middle Tennessee so maybe maybe some of you are seeing the same thing.
Mid-day is the best time to hunt gobblers that have hens in the morning...10 a.m. till 2 p.m.