At the Ranch: When to Call to Turkeys
Calling is a staple of turkey hunting. But what can get you in trouble is if you call too much. When calling, if you have a Tom responding to you, that’s great. But many times a Tom will gobble in response to you, but then he’ll shut up. This doesn’t mean he’s not headed your way though. This is often referred to as “coming in quiet.” A mistake a lot of hunters will make here is that they’ll continue to call and call and call because they don’t hear the gobble anymore. Often times, this can actually spook a Tom and instead of continuing your way, he’ll veer off another direction. If a Tom is responding to you, but then all of a sudden stops, don’t overcall. Give it ten minutes or so, and then let out a quick call to see if you can get a response. You’ll want to be patient. It’s easy to overcall and be overly aggressive, but at the end of the day, it will hurt you more than it will help you.