Steve Hickoff recently claimed that turkeys don't get call shy. He insinuated that those who say that they do are really just bad callers. I've come a long way in my calling--a LONG way (ha!). I'm probably not going to win any contests, but I've been fortunate enough to tag two birds this season, and I've never hunted them before this year. I only add my novice status to the equation because it would make sense to me that if anyone's going to be a bad caller, it would be a "greenie," like myself.

Not quite half-way through my first season, and I already have an arch-nemesis in the public woods. This bird has come within 40-50 yards (but still out of sight) no less that six times, total, over three separate hunts. I'm sure that some will say that he's hung up, and that may be the case, but I'm not so sure. He really does seem to be call shy.

Today I was at the top of a ridge when I heard him gobble (around 1:00), and I called to let him know I heard him, then moved in. I heard him gobble again a few minutes later, but he was way off. In effect, it seems like he ran.

All this leaves me a bit confused. Is it my calling or is it the bird? I can't help but think back to the two-year-old I called in and shot at 25 yards Saturday morning on private land, and the 1.5-year-old I called in and shot at 35 yards two Fridays ago on public land. There may be another common denominator besides my calling, but I don't know.

What do y'all think?

Here's the link to Steve's article: "Turkey Hunting Truths or Lies?"
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