A turkey call is the effective way to get a turkey to respond and come near. When bowhunting
, there times when there are no preys that can be easily seen; that’s when calls come in handy, because the prey comes to the area of the call. To do a proper turkey call, it must sound as realistic as possible to attract turkeys.
Practice until the sound reproduced sounds realistic enough. In terms of tone perfection, learning how to blow single high notes and single low notes is the key to getting it right. Also, pay attention to cadenzas that turkeys usually make; this is crucial in producing a realistic call.
, one important thing to remember is the mating season - for wild turkeys, it is during spring time, which means turkey calls are done to attract gobblers in search of hen. Gobblers will have made strut-zones in an attempt to attract hens; calling near strut-zones will attract plenty of gobblers. The optimum time to do this is when the hens return to their nests and the gobbler left alone still in search of hens. They will quickly go toward the call where they think that there are still hens, but, little do they know, they are actually setting themselves up as easy targets.
Sneak into His Territory
Gobblers typically appear after 10:00 A.M. after the hens have left him alone. Using a gobbler decoy and producing a subtle call will make them get in range set up for the kill. Another choice to opt for is to hunt the turkey as if it was a buck, but it is not as exciting as other methods.
Produce Quiet Calls
Quiet calls drive long-beard turkeys mad. By learning how to call quietly, the chances of successfully hunting a turkey down increases. Not to mention that calling louder is easier to do than calling quietly, so learning how to call quietly first is a better choice.
Using Loud Calls Appropriately
Although quiet calls are deemed better when it comes to bowhunting
, loud calls can come in quite handy at times. When the gobbler’s strut-zone is far away, a loud call can sometimes attract it. This is especially useful if the gobbler is beyond the permitted hunting zone.
Depending on the regulations of the local area, hunting turkeys is commonly allowed during spring or fall; wherein, gobblers are typically hunted during spring and hens during fall. When it comes to bowhunting
, a proper call and understanding of the regulations is necessary. Not to mention that this will yield a better understanding of the turkeys’ behavior.
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