The birds were shut up tight. I heard 3 gobbles on the roost before sun up. Then nothing the rest of the morning till.......... I sat under a cedar tree from 5:30 till 11:00 AM when I was about ready to leave to get my seeds in the ground and looked over my shoulder in the field behind me and I see a bird and wondered if I could cut him off but then I see 2 more I take a look through the bio's and yep they had beards. There were a good 350 yards out. I kit the box call once and got a gobble from one. I had them turned. It was 35 minutes later I was laying pron and waiting for the bad boy to pop his head up over the bluff. It seemed forever but he gobbled and I saw red as he worked back and forth trying to get a look at the hen that had called to him. Finilly he was 20 paces and gobbled and that was it. KA_BOOM down he went and the other two bolted. At 11:35 with 25 minutes to spare. To think I keep telling my self stay boy have patience they well come.
Respectable bird at about 23 pounds just about 10.5 " and 1" spurs. Not the biggest by far but I will not complain. After that long sit.