Set-up went pretty smoothly - I got the decoys ready while Rick got the blind set up. Then Rick set out the decoys and I secured the blind with the stakes (this procedure kept us out of each other's way). We got the rest of our gear inside the blind and it was time to wait for turkeys to show up. The one thing we had been hearing from other hunters was don't do too much calling. I guess this late in the season it doesn't do much good anyway.
Here's Rick watching out for a turkey to show up to visit our decoys.
Around 9:45, Rick spotted a turkey out his window. He watched it for a while and found out it was a hen. In the spring turkey hunt, you can only shoot a bird that has an visible beard, so we just got to watch her. The interesting thing was that for the entire time we watched her, we never heard her make any sound. Sometimes when the hens are out walking around they will be making little clucks, but this one was completely silent.
She was a really big bird and spent lots of time pecking on the ground for bugs. She didn't pay any attention to our blind. However as she came out from the woods behind us, she did seem quite interested in the decoys.
"Hey, where did those guys come from....I thought I was the only turkey around here?"
The hen decoy is a pretty good likeness though, don't you think?