Yesterday, I did everything right, and due to a very unlucky set of circumstances, was unsuccessful. (Let’s just say vehicle disturbance). This morning, I set up on the only bird I heard on the property (including several scouting trips)… Went to park my truck, and had two birds gobble a couple hundred yards away… Moved the truck, picked up my gear, and set up again. The birds flew down with a hen (or hens) that went the opposite direction. Did a bit of clucking and some yelps for a bit to no avail… Took out a second box call, and immediately had a hen respond. Each time she yelped or clucked, I emulated her, and this apparently upset her. She came in purring and cutting when she saw my decoy… I had set up for the birds I had heard in the morning, so as usual this hen came in from behind me, and I could hear the drumming, but could not see the tom (even as the hen was giving my decoy a beating). I set up the decoys to my far left (fortunately), and I finally saw the tom, working his way to me… I guess he saw the jake decoy, cause he came at it in a dead run. He actually came in a bit closer than I would have hoped for, and I was not in a hurry to shoot… Right then, someone on the next ranch over shot and spooked both birds… His head came up, and being worried about destroying the bird, I held a bit high... I did not have to finish him off. [/URL ] Another perhaps more appealing picture for posterity: 1 ¼” spurs: Lonely hen let me sneak my camera out. [/URL ] Bird had 1 ¼” spurs and a beard just over 11”. Not the typical coloration for the Rio’s I normally see in my area, looking more like an eastern.