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It was a beautiful day in Southern Colorado. Getting back into the gear bag prepping for this day has been long awaited. I must admit, breaking out the camo made my day. Lisa & I both setup in different locations after locating a gobble at sunset the night before opening day. While the toms seemed to respond to about any call we sent their way, they weren’t coming towards any of our decoys. After flying down from the roost, the toms didn’t strut in the open meadows as we had hoped. Instead they landed on the ridge above us and kept moving. Lisa was able to catch some toms moving past her later that morning to land her first tom of the season.
It would be 22,000 steps (over 14 miles) later before we would get into the gobbles again. An hour before sunset, we were consistently getting a response to our calls. We decided to close the gap between us and the gobblers. This would prove to be successful allowing me to get a tom as well opening day. All in all, a very rewarding opener after a long winters wait!
After six years of hunting together, we have never lost the excitement of getting our first tom of the season. Hunting Merriams provides different challenges over Easterns and Rios. The Merriams seem to move around more when roosting therefore making each hunt different and challenging. Using HuntData’s digital maps with Spring Concentrations and Roosts help when building a strategy. That’s a wrap for our 2016 Merriam Spring hunt, two toms down, two Divas thankful.