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Call shy gobbler
Varmintmist Posts: 8,305 Senior Member
I think I have one.
Sat morn I started calling about 0550, got nothing back. Called on and off to silence then about 0630 I got a gobble from another zip code south west. Waited a few then belted out a series of yelps that a DI turkey would be proud of, then I shut up.
Called again at 10 of 7 and a min later I got a gobble 300 yds away (ish) south Waited a min, called again, got a gobble approx 100-150 out about a min or two behind my call SE. Again I waited a min and called and I heard leaf rustling over the ridge in front of me 50 yards out. Turkey?? Dont know. Called gently and in a min or two got a gobble 200 yards to the left across the valley dead east.
Un-(donkey)ed the blind and did an end around if he was heading for the field. Called from the cut off point and then gobble was down the valley to the south.
That was by 0800 and I had stuff to do so it was the end of the hunt.
Any tips for a call shy bird? He is willing and looking for love, but I bet he has been peppered. I have been thinking about maybe moving to a point where the decoys are in a better area to be seen.
It's boring, and your lack of creativity knows no bounds.
Move your hen decoys out to mid range and set a half-strut Jake out on the far edge...that may bring him running...
Put on a ghillie suit and go spotting and stalking if it's safe to do so...I killed the biggest gobbler of my life that way after calling that henned up bastard for the better part of a week...
I have had birds 40 yards away that would not call back to anything or anyone but the hen(s) in front of him. Worse, I’ve had what seemed like random gobbles occurring in front of me only to finally hear the faintest yelps on Earth coming from the hen. No torture like seeing and hearing the Tom fire off reliably, but only to one specific girl in the village.
Birds like that will only move where the girl moves and converse with her in private no matter how hard you try. That said...keep trying. She’ll get bred eventually and he’ll be looking for new action.
Learn a lost poult whistle...while that works best in the fall, I have had it work when nothing else was working in he spring...
I want to see how your new setup works out.