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#1277779 - 04/06/09 06:54 AM What do you do?
RussellvilleRob
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I have killed a few turkeys, but I am still fairly new to the game.
Lets say you arrive at the gate about 30-min before daylight. You walk the whole piece of property with your hoot-tube and dont get any response.
The sun is now up and you switch to a mouthcall. You go to the area where the turkeys usually hang out and get nothing.
Do you hang around and deerhunt them? Do you pack up and go to the house?
I am working with less than 100 acres, so it doesnt take long to cover the whole property.

I had this to happen Saturday morning and really didnt know what to do.
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#1277787 - 04/06/09 06:57 AM Re: What do you do? [Re: RussellvilleRob]
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Leave your calls at home and go hunting.
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#1277807 - 04/06/09 07:16 AM Re: What do you do? [Re: Cuttin Caller]
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If I knew where they roosted regularly I would get in there in the dark, no flashlight, and wait on them to gobble on their own. No reason this time of year they shouldn't gobble on their own and all that walking and hooting gives them an excellent chance to see you. Unlike TV shows, I rarely have them gobble at a locater calls and hardly ever use one.
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#1277844 - 04/06/09 07:41 AM Re: What do you do? [Re: shopson]
RussellvilleRob
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I have always been pretty lucky and had them gobble their heads off at first light.
Saturday was just really dead for some reason. Maybe it was the weather?
I usually set up close and call a little , but Saturday had me bumfuzzeled. I didnt even know where close was...
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#1277846 - 04/06/09 07:42 AM Re: What do you do? [Re: shopson]
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Yeah I'd try it without the hoot tube,if they're there they should gobble on their own,if still no gobbles I'd wait a few days then go back and try again.
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#1278222 - 04/06/09 11:55 AM Re: What do you do? [Re: ]
RussellvilleRob
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On opening weekend I had a turkey that gobbled from across the lake. He actually flew across the water to get to my calling. He answered everything I threw at him. I think I could have yelled "Hey Turkey" and he would have answered.

Now I have a severe case of "wantingtocalltoomuch".
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#1278248 - 04/06/09 12:05 PM Re: What do you do? [Re: RussellvilleRob]
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Some mornings they will gobble ,. some they will not!! Saturday morning they gobbled good on my 85 acres, heard several,. yesterday i only heard 1 at daybreak and 2 more at 7:30. Some days they are just more vocal than others in my experience.

I don't move around much this time of year because things have not greened up and you can't be hidden as well. In the hillcountry ,.. a bird can spot you from one ridgeside from another ,.. so its better to play the waiting game in the hills. Unless your playground is flat of course!!
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#1278333 - 04/06/09 12:57 PM Re: What do you do? [Re: deerchaser007]
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hoottube is fine, some places locater calls don't work to well especially places with a lot of noise natural (close to interstate or roosters/peacocks on adjacent farms. I agree with the rest, if you dont know where they normally roost try and find out. Blind hunting/walking normal results in bad things rather then good things.

if you dont have the time to find out where they are then go VERY slow and find a spot you can hear very well from and listen for them, then make your move. If you hear nothing then find a spot to sit and listen after flydown. If still nothing head to the house till lunch time.

If you get nothing on a hoot tube you can always try other locater calls like GOOSE call, Coyote call or my fav a Tube call.

have had success with all the above especially a Goose call or Tube call!! just be careful to not use them to much
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#1278501 - 04/06/09 03:41 PM Re: What do you do? [Re: RussellvilleRob]
BUCKYJR
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 Originally Posted By: RussellvilleRob
On opening weekend I had a turkey that gobbled from across the lake. He actually flew across the water to get to my calling. He answered everything I threw at him. I think I could have yelled "Hey Turkey" and he would have answered.

Now I have a severe case of "wantingtocalltoomuch".


help a beginner out guys... how much is too much calling? like do you just do some calls for like 30seconds and then wait 15mins... or what?

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#1278525 - 04/06/09 03:47 PM Re: What do you do? [Re: BUCKYJR]
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I dont call alot of times unless I hear one gobble....I'm a Run & Gunner!!!!
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