Sucker hung up be­hind the swim­ming pool.

Outdoor Life - - NO EXCUSES -

That hap­pened to me while I was hunt­ing near the edge of an Ok­la­homa City sub­urb. The bird was wild, but he liked to strut in an Hoa-ap­proved yard in the shade of a swim­ming pool. On an­other morn­ing, in east­ern Ne­braska, I had a turkey hang up be­hind an am­phithe­ater. The prop­erty was owned by the Boy Scouts, and that am­phithe­ater was used for deep­woods sto­ry­telling. I got a bird in both places.

One les­son here is that tur­keys will hang up on an ob­sta­cle such as a fence, creek, swim­ming pool, or am­phithe­ater. But you know that al­ready. The bet­ter les­son is that not every setup can be found in a text­book—some­times you have to roll with what you’re given. A gob­bler might not want to cross a creek or leave the swim­ming pool to come to you—but if he’s anx­ious enough, he might do it any­way. Any gobbling turkey is kil­l­able, so stick with him. —W.B.

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