Sucker hung up behind the swimming pool.
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.