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Calling Strategies for Late Season Gobblers

June 3, 2017
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All turkey hunters enjoy the first week of gobbler season when the long beards are quick to respond and not so easy to spook, their guard is down and they aren’t expecting to get shot at, but things get tricky when a few weeks go by and you are in the last few days of the season.

Lets be honest, if it gets to this point as a hunter, your starting to feel the pressure “is it going to happen this year?”  and the gobblers don’t mind rubbing it in either as you drive past your hunting property to work or on your way home and see them strutting and chasing hens.  There is a way to make these tricky birds let their guard down in the late season though.  Late season is time for new strategies.

While excited cackling and high pitched yelping may set a gobbler on fire during the early season, a more conservative approach is needed for these educated toms.  I am an early morning hunter, I try to find the birds still on the roost get within 300 yards and do some soft tree calls the same as I would in early season but instead of doing a fly-down cackle, I take my hat off and imitate a fly-down with no vocalization just flapping my hat against my thigh. This is where things really change. Instead of high pitched yelping I resort to clucks and purrs with an occasional short yelping sequence here and there. I do not call as often, only enough to make the gobbler interested and a little nervous. If he is on his own, his curiosity will get the best of him, if he is not, it will most likely get the hen with him defensive. If a hen starts talking, just imitate what sounds she is making this will drive her crazy. In my experience will make her close the gap fast…  This works out really well. You are now not only sounding like a hen but a real hen is coming your way pulling whatever gobbler she has near her to you also. Once the gobbler has committed I usually stop calling completely. The worst thing you can do at this time of the year is over talk. 1) It allows the gobbler to know exactly where you are making it hard to move. 2) It will make a late season bird less vocal because he doesn’t need to locate the “hen”. 3) If he’s been called in before by another hunter, he will probably get nervous at how much unnatural hen talking is going on.  If you’ve ever heard a hen in the woods you probably have noticed how little vocalizations they make, unless they are really excited, and this is what you want to copy. Scratching in the leaves with a stick can be your best call at this point also.

When the gobbler shows up its time to make the shot count and start telling your hunting stories!!! Have fun in the woods!

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My interest in the outdoors started like most as a toddler hunting and fishing with my dad. At age 16 I began filming my hunting and fishing. I have now been In the outdoor industry for over a year and look forward to many a day out in creation with my bow in hand. I am also I pilot and have loved aviation since I was 6. God has blessed me in giving me opportunities to pursue my dreams for which I am very thankful.