I was able to hunt a friends place down in the lower part of the state. The first time I got out was a beautiful Thursday morning. I didn't make it out in to the woods until after the sun was up but, there was still some Toms gobbling off in the distance. I chose to hunt the edge of the woods along a newly planted corn field and my friend took to the woods. I sat just in side of the woods and made calls about every half hour or so. A few yelps just to let them know a lonely hen was around. I sat in that spot until eleven or so and only saw one bird. It was a single hen walking the field’s edge and she walked less than ten yards from me then turned and walked in to the woods again so close as if she was saying here I am. Now the funny thing about this hen is she had about a six inch beard and in Michigan she is a legal kill. I'm not sure if they can lay eggs and hatch young but I chose not to shoot her because she may have a nest.
I met up later with my friend and we headed in for some lunch and talked about the morning hunt.
He wasn’t able to go back out to hunt but, it was OK for me to return to the woods. He gave me some spots to try where he had seen some toms in the evening but, as luck would have it they didn't show. I sat until around eight and finally had to leave, just couldn't take the buzzing and biting of the mosquitoes any longer.
The sun was bright and shinning right in my face. I would look out and scan the field then drop my head down and stare at the ground and after a few minutes repeat the same thing and once in a while I would make a call or two. After some time I looked up and about fifty yards out there was a hen standing there checking things out. I'm not sure if she was looking for the bird that wasn't there or she saw the sun glare off of my face or glasses but, she chose to go in a different direction. I saw two more heads coming across the field too but, they chose to follow her. I saw one other hen feeding across the field that morning but she never looking my way.
I was grateful to my friend to allow me to come out to hunt with him again and it was a great day to be in the woods!
Until the next time!