After 40-plus years of turkey hunting, I’d like to think my calling errors are a thing of the past. I should have known better... Turkey hunting is full of surprises, and Flextone Calls’ Eddie Salter knows the common errors as well as I do. Four situations stood out:
Calling too much to an incoming gobbler
“When a tom is committed and you know he’s coming, it’s better to use some restraint and call very little or not at all. Otherwise, he might attract a hen before he gets to you, and then it’s usually game over,” Salter said.
Allow a tom to fly down before you start calling too much
“You’ve got to let a turkey come down from the roost before you hit him with a steady string of calls. If you keep calling to him while he’s still on the limb, he might stay in the tree longer than usual while he waits for the hen to show up,” Salter said.
Not calling often enough to keep a bird interested
A lukewarm tom is often considered a tough turkey because he seems indecisive. It’s important to call enough to keep him fired up. If the bird responds occasionally to your calling, don’t hold back too long or he might become disinterested and fade away.
Varying the use of different calls
Call selection is important, too. Sometimes, a gobbler will show a preference for the tone of one call over another. It pays to have a selection of basic calls in your vest.
These mistakes are recognizable in “normal” hunting situations. Avoid them if you can, but don’t let fear of making mistakes ruin your hunt. There are no absolutes in turkey hunting.