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#3224620 - 04/17/13 04:14 PM Re: Question About Calling [Re: Spurhunter]
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Registered: 11/10/10
Posts: 17592
Loc: Franklin TN

I heard some calling and I'm 99% sure it was a hunter with a box call. Now I have heard hens that sound like box calls, slate calls and even my tube call, but I know they were hens because I saw them or they were on the roost. But this one call I heard on April 6, it was the rhythm of the call that tipped me off. Started the series of yelps slow and screechy and then sped up. Never heard a hen do that. Maybe bad calling can tip off a gobbler, just by the technique and not the tone, pitch, cadence, etc.

#3224649 - 04/17/13 04:36 PM Re: Question About Calling [Re: jlmustain]
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Registered: 07/20/05
Posts: 19786
Loc: Rutherford / Wilson County Lin...

I used to think they did but now I'm not so sure. For one they're not that smart and #2 the worst sounding hen I've ever heard was a live one. I was on public land and just knew another hunter was fixing to pop up but there she was making the most horrible sound I have ever heard from a turkey.
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#3224676 - 04/17/13 04:57 PM Re: Question About Calling [Re: Gravey]
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Registered: 01/01/13
Posts: 786
Loc: Murfreesboro, TN

I just put up a new topic about the worst time to be turkey hunting. Because of the experience that I describe in that thread, I now believe that the bird I'm referencing in this thread is actually just an idiot.

I've regained my confidence in my calling, and I don't give a flip about that other bird now. Who knows how many long-beards I've missed by trying to chase that dummy?!

Edited by jlmustain (04/17/13 04:58 PM)
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#3226974 - 04/19/13 09:55 PM Re: Question About Calling [Re: jlmustain]
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Registered: 11/01/99
Posts: 4395
Loc: Murfreesboro, TN, Rutherford

IMHO this might be simply overcalling. Once a bird is committing toward you and you can tell he's closing the distance - STOP CALLING. The absolute BEST call I have in my arsenal once a bird seems to be committing is to scratch in the leaves. Rake the leaves 2 or 3 times beside you either with your hand or a stick. There is no way to NOT sound like a turkey rustling leaves. Try it - it works.

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#3226999 - 04/19/13 10:47 PM Re: Question About Calling [Re: TNhunter]
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Registered: 10/30/04
Posts: 2471
Loc: West, TN.

About 4 years ago I spotted a bird about 300 yards away in a field. Hit a creek and circled around to him within 75 yards. Now I can call pretty good and I tend to keep it low and soft. When I hit the slate call, he went into a semi sprint away from me. Just as soon as it happened, I laid my hands on the ground and started raking leaves. He immediately went into strut and made his way towards me. Took him about 5 minutes to go 40 yards, finnally offering me a shot. That scenario still puzzles me. The raking leaves worked like a charm. But he wanted no part of the sweet slate call
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