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The Bald Eagle Incident
Was out the other morning set up in a great spot for some gobbler action with the recurve. A gobble behind me revealed 5 hens and 3 strutters heading to the field I was set up in. What a scene ...three strutters and the hens about 70 yards out in front of me. They didn't give a hank about my decoys, whines, purrs and clucks but who could blame them with those 5 hotties out there. Soon another hen comes out of another corner of the field with another big gobbler in tow heading out to join the others (zoom in on the attached photo). Tried some other tricks for this situation but no one was budging. All of a sudden hens were alarm calling and running for cover. Gobblers were lookin around like what the hek??? Source of the confusion..a bald eagle flying low and chasing the birds. They hauled for cover and the eagle perched. Soon the turks come back out. It doesn't take long for the gobblers to forget and get back down to business. Now my binocs are trained on the eagle. Again he drops off the branch and heads hard for the birds this time actually striking one of the gobblers running for cover. It wasn't enough to knock him down but he got the message this time. They all stayed in the cover not to be seen again. What a show. I packed up and headed home with yet another great experience after 46 years of gobbler hunting.