They call ’em calls for a reason, and you can quote me on that. If I’m in the turkey woods, fall or spring, chances are that I’m running both a mouth call, and a box or pot-and-peg call at the same time.
If I could yelp on yet another with my booted feet, I would.
Chances are I’m occasionally moving leaves around with those same boots too (or more likely a free hand if I’m running a push-pin call as well). Why? In order sound more like feeding and/or moving turkeys from my calling position.
In my mind, it’s sometimes better to sound like a flock of birds than just one. Certainly some of the time I play it cool, and go more with a soft sell, avoiding unnecessary movement with just a hands-free mouth call. Sometimes too the best “call” is none at all.
Truth is, I’m a busy-body wild turkey hunter. I tend to run-and-gun. I’d rather try to make things happen than play it safe with the old school “call and wait 15 minutes” deal I heard advised from some of the older guys (my age now!) while growing up in my native north-central Pennsylvania.
Plus there’s nothing like a good pecking order gobbler-to-gobbler dust-up to make things happen. During the fall and spring seasons, I’ll try to imitate a turkey fight, especially in that window of time after fly-down time.
Used sparingly, a hat thwacked against your leg, and some fighting purrs–first introduced to the turkey world all those years ago by Knight & Hale if you were around back then–might just pull a pecking-order-minded fall gobbler in.
It will certainly interest a spring longbeard if paired with hen yelping. Keep that in mind for next year.
So what’s your game? Do you usually run just one turkey call or many at a time? Ever use the leaf scratching trick?
(NWTF Media Photo)