This morning while pursuing gobblers in Craig County, Virginia, I debarked from my car about an hour before sunrise. After walking up the mountain for about 10 minutes, I made a barred owl call and, by my count, I heard six different coyotes yipping.
That caused, by my count, four barred owls to start calling which resulted in, by my count, seven different gobblers sounding off. It was the most racket I have ever heard while spring gobbler hunting and it was still well before sunrise.
The gobblers and owls kept hammering at each other for another 30 minutes. But by 7:00 or so, the woods was quiet and stayed that way, except for a few gobbles, the rest of the morning.
I have been out seven straight mornings in Virginia and have heard gobblers every morning but have yet to see one. On my annual Tennessee hunt the first weekend in April, I only saw one gobbler in three days. Fortunately, I killed him, but my tally of seeing just one tom in ten days is more than frustrating.