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The deer stayed there for nearly
an hour until they finally drifted
away, by which time the gobbler
wouldn't respond to my calls.
His security detail probably
escorted him to some undisclosed location.
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DEJA VU FRIDAY
On Friday morning, I was
eager to get back. I had seen
other gobblers running together,
including the beardless one.
But my previously escorted
gobbler was alone, and I was
hoping the vision of the hen I
had conjured for him still was
dancing in his head.
The morning was a rerun
of the previous one. I snuck
into the woods, set up in darkness and waited. When daylight
began filtering into the treetops,
he sounded off. He was exactly
where he had been the previous morning,
and exactly where I'd last heard him.
Game on.
I tried to sound a little more interested
this time, and he did, too. But when he
flew the roost, he did exactly what he'd
done the day before. It was exasperating,
but this time he gobbled right away from
down in the valley. We were in business.
Again, he didn't come directly to me;
he continued to follow Thursday's script.
I responded to him when he was below
me, then a few more times as he climbed
the hill to my left and went up into that
same finger of woods. As I moved to the
other side of the tree, that gobbler walked
into the field, crossed it halfway and then
turned to come toward me.
His replay was uncanny.
The French call it "déjà vu," which
MAY 2020	

translates in English to "already seen."
Baseball great Yogi Berra probably
wasn't a turkey hunter, but he described
this hunt perfectly when he said, "It's like
déjà vu all over again."
I even expected the deer to show up
and herd him away again, but this is
where it played out differently.
This time his whitetail buddies never
came to save him, so he stayed the course
right to the edge of the woods.
He presented his head between two
trees at 30 yards and there this 20-pound
monarch fell.
What did this hunt teach me? It reinforced the lesson that turkeys are unpredictable. So much so that, against every
hunter's expectations, they just might
decide to do exactly what they did the day
before. Only this time the gobbler didn't
have those Secret Service whitetails.
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