Turkey calling is not the easiest skill to master.
However, there are several techniques and tips that can be used to improve turkey calling efficiency. Odds are, they’re so obvious you forget to bother.
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Your success does not necessarily depend on knowing and performing the right turkey calls. There are other factors to take into account when turkey calling, like avoiding mistakes and not catering to your skills.
Here are the most common things turkey hunters can keep in mind while avoiding mistakes that could cost them a shot at a tom.
Practice Makes Perfect
The trick to learning the clucks, purrs, putts, cackles, yelps, cuts, kee-kees and gobbles is by careful listening and thorough practicing.
To shoot a turkey, you must become the turkey. You have to listen to the sound, tempo and cadence of various calls to avoid learning them incorrectly.
If a call is learned the wrong way, it can be difficult to relearn, so the best approach is to practice meticulously from the start.
Number of Different Calls
Turkeys will respond differently depending on a number of factors, which is why all successful hunters understand various calls and are willing to use each of them as the need arises.
This also means mastering different calling devices, as the performance of the calls differ for various situations. Some calls produce different sounds at different volumes; however, each are useful in the right situation.
If you stick to only one sound and volume, your chance at success decreases big time. It’s all about stopping yourself before falling into an unsuccessful pattern.
Lack of Variation
As well as using the same device, another common mistake is getting into a pattern with the same or similar sound.
What I mean by that is, pay attention to the different sounds that can come out of any one single call. Your speed, tempo, delivery, and feeling can change a lot, so be aware of what style your inheriting.
It is all too easy to develop a standard sequence. Turkeys rarely respond to calling patterns that seem to have the same sequence, as this is not something that would occur naturally.
Vary the turkey calls, sequence and length, and turkeys will respond better.
Volume and Frequency
Finding the right volume is not always easy. If the call is too loud, the turkey will become startled and fly off. If the call is too quiet, it will be difficult for the turkey to hear it.
Don’t forget to take the terrain and weather conditions into account as well. Foliage, shrubs, slopes and other structures can alter the sounds, as can a foggy day as opposed to a clear one.
Frequency of calls is just as important, as too many calls in a short amount of time may throw the turkey off. On the other hand, if they are too few and far between, the calls may become unnoticed.
Location, Location, Location
No one can really master the art of turkey calling, except seasoned and experienced callers who have done it all their lives. But one thing you can rival them with is your knowledge of your hunting property, which any hunter knows is an advantage all their own.
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To find the right area to setup, you’ll know where turkeys have been seen, where they are roosting, and where they are feeding. It is also important to remember that turkeys need water on a daily basis, so don’t forget about streams or ponds and how they’ll factor in.
Above all, use your personal experience and your know-how when it comes to your grounds, and you’ll be looking at it like a turkey would.
That, in itself, is a big step towards harvesting a gobbler.