The New Mexico Merriam's is easily the highest-altitude gobbler I've ever killed, and hunting him reminded me that high-country turkeys are different than their lowland brethren. Here's what to keep in mind as you hunt gobblers above 5,000 feet.
STAY ON THE SUNNY SIDE**
In the mountains, you'll often be hunting canyons that funnel birds from lower to higher elevations. When you call, set up on the side of the canyon that catches the sun. In the mornings, that's typically the northern slopes of the canyons.
CALL WITH THE WINDS**
These mountain canyons are almost always windy. In the mornings, you can anticipate up-slope winds, and in the afternoons, the winds typically blow down canyons. Keep the prevailing winds in mind as you sound locator calls. Birds will hear you much better when you call with the wind. And remember the echo effect of your calls. If you call against the face of a steep canyon, you can literally bounce your call up side drainages and expand the reach of your searching calls.