Too Many Toms
Reliability is of paramount importance when you know you'll have only one shot at a gobbler. That was the case a couple of years ago when I hunted in Texas with Sherry Fears, whose company represents Thompson/Center. Using a 12-gauge T/C System 1, I had the unique problem of having too many gobblers. Tim Mariner, who works on the Nail Ranch where we hunted, had most of the roosting areas nicely pinpointed. Trouble was, so many gobblers and hens were present that the toms wouldn't come to our calls. One evening, Tim and I waited until dark, watching the birds as they filtered into a thick stand of trees. At last light, we were able to isolate one gobbler that sat apart from the others. We crept in long before daylight and set up within 30 yards of that bird. Realizing I had only one opportunity, I patted the muzzleloader and hoped for the best.