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#2818273 - 04/30/12 11:29 AM Calling Techniques?
cozy23
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Which type of call seems to get the birds fired up most that you have noticed? I am talking about calls like the yelp, purr, cut, not mouth, box, or slate.

I am wondering if we have just got the birds educated to our yelping because we can not get them to gobble at us at all. They may just be henned up or just be scared because they are not the dominant bird. I have tried other calls but nothing seems to work on them.

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#2818286 - 04/30/12 11:51 AM Re: Calling Techniques? [Re: cozy23]
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there is no true answer to that question. One day it may be a yelp and the next a cutt. Some days a purr is all it takes.

i have used the entire call scale this year with success on all different types including gobbling on a tube call.
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#2818290 - 04/30/12 11:53 AM Re: Calling Techniques? [Re: REN]
Goshen Valley Boy
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I agree with REN. What got the most interest for me this year was when I tried to sound like two hens squabbling. You never know. Sometimes you just throw the book at them and see what happens. A lot of times, nothing in the book will work one day and then anything and everything will work the next.
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#2818305 - 04/30/12 12:00 PM Re: Calling Techniques? [Re: Goshen Valley Boy]
stik
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our most exciting hunt this year was 2 hung-up birds until the boy gobbled back(NOT recommended on public land) and they came running.
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#2818399 - 04/30/12 01:18 PM Re: Calling Techniques? [Re: stik]
BowGuy84
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most effective thing for me is to get super close before I call...like so a soft purr on a slate is audible. If I can get with in say 60-70 yards of a bird, purrs and scratchings are about all I need.
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#2818400 - 04/30/12 01:27 PM Re: Calling Techniques? [Re: BowGuy84]
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Soft------VERY soft------ purrs and scratching the leaves is what works best for me this late in the season.
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#2818437 - 04/30/12 02:15 PM Re: Calling Techniques? [Re: Knothead]
Setterman
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I use them all, except for cackling, hens don't cackle much, but the rest can all be effective at different times.

The birds you are hunting shouldn't be conditioned to calling, unless you always call from the same place with the same cadence and tone.

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#2818478 - 04/30/12 03:27 PM Re: Calling Techniques? [Re: Setterman]
cozy23
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 Originally Posted By: Setterman
I use them all, except for cackling, hens don't cackle much, but the rest can all be effective at different times.

The birds you are hunting shouldn't be conditioned to calling, unless you always call from the same place with the same cadence and tone.


Both me and my hunting partner have changed our mouth calls and I started using the slate more yesterday.

I think what we both need is more practice calling and more hunting land. Our spots are small and have houses near. The birds usually head straight for the backyards off the roost and won't cooperate once they get there. We also had 0 time to scout them out this year which could be why we are not getting them close.

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#2818855 - 04/30/12 11:13 PM Re: Calling Techniques? [Re: cozy23]
booth
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Hard cutting will sometimes pull a gobble out of a bird that is reluctant to talk. You can try throwing some kee kee's in with your calling also.
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#2819298 - 05/01/12 03:42 PM Re: Calling Techniques? [Re: BowGuy84]
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 Originally Posted By: BowGuy84
most effective thing for me is to get super close before I call...like so a soft purr on a slate is audible. If I can get with in say 60-70 yards of a bird, purrs and scratchings are about all I need.


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#2819509 - 05/01/12 09:41 PM Re: Calling Techniques? [Re: ruger7mag]
93civEJ1
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so far for me cutts have produced the gobbles for me. Sometimes a yelp. Just depends though as both have got one to respond.
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#2820654 - 05/03/12 11:20 AM Re: Calling Techniques? [Re: 93civEJ1]
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It all depends on the area your hunting. If I’m hunting an area with little pressure I will cut. By far I have killed more birds cutting on a diaphragm than any other method. But it doesn’t take long for the birds to get call shy. On public land I will go to cluck and purr on a slate, scratching and more purring. But my best kill in the last couple of years was from last weekend on private land. Got in his strut zone an hour before daylight. After they came off the roost and a hour had gone by, he gobbled down by the creek, I hit a gobble tube. Not only did he come in, he brought five hens with him to see the fight. I won! 23lbs, 11 1/4 beard, 1 3/16 spurs.
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