These observations are from the same farms in Kentucky. 25 years ago I can remember hunting for a week and going home excited that I even got the opportunity to work a Tom. But at the same time we could really get a Tom hot and bothered he would double and triple gobble and you knew it was game on. This past week in Ky I only got single gobble answers. 25 years ago the toms would bolt across an open field to come to the call this year they were very reluctant to leave the wood line. I know the population has rose significantly and they seem henned up, but I also have seen a major change in Jake behavior over the past 4-5 years where 25 years ago a Jake would sneak around and even leave an area when a Tom appeared and toms would run over a Jake decoy and tear it to shreds in the past, but in the past few years I have seen Toms run from a Jake decoy, and Jake's are now traveling in groups of 4-7 and pursuing toms verse just taking the hen and being happy with that. 4 years ago I watched 7 Jake's destroy a pretty boy decoy. 3 years ago saw a group of 4 patrolling a 100 acre pasture and not let a Tom on the green until we waxed 2 of them. This year Toms were quieter than usual and sneaking into the call and the one I took came in silent and reluctant, and when working a Tom for my son the Tom hung up at the edge of the woods 20 yards short of the shot. After about 30 minutes he tucked tail and boogied away and then 4 Jake's came running in passing the hen and going after the Tom. This morning I saw a Tom strutting at the edge of the woods and then sprinted off like his tail feathers were on fire as soon as the same 4 Jake's entered the pasture and I could not turn those Jake's by calling they just wanted to chase down that Tom. I also saw a Tom in a little tucked away corner of the property strutting for a hen where there has never been a sighting of a turkey there ever before. It might be just me but I am starting to think these birds are going to College now as they are behaving like some of the entitled youngsters we are seeing on the news everyday. I believe that calling less and being more patient even late into the morning may be the only way to beats these groups of Thugs. Let me know if you have had similar encounters.