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Location: Kitchener-Waterloo, ON
Joined: 07/10/2006
Posts: 129
Turkey Scouting

I drove past a field to day about 5 min from my house and there was a flock of turkey in it, so I thought this was a good chance to try out some calling, this is my first year turkey hunting. So I raced home and grabbed my box call, when I got back a saw atleast 3 toms in full display and a number of hens around them. I crouched down in the ditch and tried some yelps, and one or two of the toms seemed to notice, but I never got any gobbles back. I tried walking up the edge of the field towards them and they just walked the other way keeping about 50 yards between us. I now figure I should probably have been out of sight when I started calling. Even so, if I was calling correctly should I have gotten a response? Is there a better was to practice if I see a flock?

thanks

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Location: sw missouri
Joined: 07/07/2006
Posts: 196
Turkey Scouting

if they're with the hens already, its nearly impossible to pull 'em away and to you.....that's why its important to get on 'em early / find a bachelor

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Location: Pennsylvania
Joined: 10/28/2003
Posts: 1647
Turkey Scouting

If you just wanted them to gobble....drive your car as close as possible and beep the horn!

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Location: Melvina, Wi.
Joined: 02/18/2007
Posts: 262
Turkey Scouting

I almost never use a gobble call-I'd of watched them and then tried to get in front of a Tom.
I went out this am for first real scouting of year as my season starts next Wed.in west/central Wi. it was windy and cloudy- heard first gobble at 5:45 and then pretty steady till 6;15 when it shut off. Got stuff to do so didn't see any fly downs.

Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Joined: 10/26/2006
Posts: 357
Turkey Scouting

honestly I wouldn't mess with them too much, I wouldn't do any pre-season calling, you don't want to spook them or educate them. It doesn't matter how good your calling, if they don't feel like answering then they won't....sometimes they never gobble and the next thing you know good ole long beard is at your doorstep staring you down....practice calling at home, get out and find the birds, try to find where their roosting, if you can get out in the morning near the field but remain hidden and listen for them....if your in their vicinity you should be able to hear/see them fly down in the morning, then you should be pretty good to go. These birds are so fun to hunt because its so interactive and they are so unpredictable!!! Have fun, good luck!

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Location: Melvina, Wi.
Joined: 02/18/2007
Posts: 262
Turkey Scouting

Couldn't agree more S&T--it's been 18-20 in am here this week and no let up in sight-birds have shut down.

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