Q. One more scenario. Say you've been calling for a while and a gobbler appears well out of range. Do you continue to call?
A. If I have some decoys out, I will probably keeping calling. If not, I probably won't. Once he appears, I like that "tension" of him looking for me. If he comes out at 70 yards, he might pop up into strut, and you probably don't want to acknowledge him with calls because he might not come any closer. If I have decoys out, I'm hoping he doesn't see them. And if he doesn't come closer, I might let him walk so he's no longer in sight, and try calling him in again. I think guys are too fixated on killing a bird rather than hunting a bird. I might let that bird walk, and hook around him and start calling again, and he might come in again. He came to the call once, he'll likely do it again. But sometimes all that activity calls in another hen, and you can't beat that competition, and that's just the way it is. But you're never done. If you don't kill a bird and it walks off, my advice is don't give up on it.