I've noticed them to be very vocal when spooked or sence danger, like when I screw up while trying to get within 200 yrds of them
Were you with me last Aug & Sept?!?!?!
Definately make tons of noise communicating beside warnings and when scared. But, nver heard a sound like a crow. Actually, I have never seen anyone using a call, saw it asked here last year, but not sure there were any replies...have to look I suppose.
Where you going to be hunting? Prolly differs quite a bit depending on where. Elevation & weather patterns IMO play a big part. I noticed last year that in August the prongers in the mountains here in Colorado were already rutting, but down in southeast CO, I never saw them in any type of rut through Aug or Sept.
With a bow...two words! ...KNEE PADS...and comfortable ones!! Funny, I tried several pairs this year and after 4 thrown out the window, my 5th pair was a Tony Hawk pair from Wally World! They are keepers! I tried expensive gel ones, Army issued ones, cheap construction one and surplus bucket ones and the Tony Hawk ones avail at any Walmart were the best I found. They are mostly black too. Nest maybe some decent leather gloves for that same crawling through cacti and everything else
Depending on the terrain your hunting, and unless you know ahead of time, I would have a couple different 'styles' of camo ready. When I was hunting mountainous terrain I found myself in a lighter bright green sagebrush most of the time, but when I was down in southest Colorado I was in a much darker green in higher sunflowers, or even light brown in grass no longer than a couple of inches. I found that I was sticking out like a sore thumb if I wasn't in the right camo. I like the Prairie Ghost (not sure its still being made, but is avail on Ebay) for the sagebrush, Kings Desert Shadow for the tall and darker green landscape. For the dirt brown I found I did fairly well on stalks with a surplus ghillie suit in desert brown.