Well I never did go out Saturday morning, but I did some scouting to try and roost one the night before and I bumped a hen! So for me that was exciting because that was the first bird I've seen on the property I hunt all year!!! Unfortunately he was in a bunker type area and I damn near was on top of her before I knew it and she ran up the side of the hill...but at least now I know where they are...question is will they be there next saturday when I go out?
I opted not to go hunting Saturday morning for three reasons: First, I would have only been able to hunt until 8am...I had my godsons first communion at 11am and in all fairness to my wife, leaving her alone with the baby while she tries to get ready, was not fair..and had I actually bagged a bird we would have been late...second, it was raining buckets Saturday morning, the forecast was actually right this time! I know birds like to be in the fields in the rain, but I don't have very many fields and my sense is they would have been holed up in the woods...lastly, aside from the one hen I bumped, I drove all over the place and did not see anything else...not even a single response to the owl call...i even slammed my car door extra hard, lol, nothing!!! I also knew if I went I'd have to do a lot more driving around and locating...just did not feel very confident in where they were at and since I was only going to be out until 8am, I knew I was going to be stuck in one spot.
Soooooo...I realized that I actually do not have anything going on next weekend and will be able to hunt...the long range forcast is for better weather, so my plan is to go out and roost some birds on Wednesday and Friday and get a better bead on where they are roosting.
So I have a few more questions as a result of this experience:
1. Despite bumping that hen, is it reasonable to expect they'll still be in that area (+/- 100yrds)
2. For locating birds I've tried everything and the birds are not resposnding...crow, owl, turkey calling..etc...any other tips? Dadofthree, I'll try your suggestion of multiple calls