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Author Topic: Newbie, overwhelmed by calls!!  (Read 1107 times)

Offline Zobo

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Re: Newbie, overwhelmed by calls!!
« Reply #15 on: July 16, 2022, 10:33:35 AM »
Turkey hunting is Extremely fun but frustrating at the same time.  Learning to call, when to call and when to be quite is just part of the Battle.  I believe SETUP is 75 to 90% of turkey hunting.  If you are hunting areas that hold birds, you are in the game.  Scouting is a very BIG part of the Setup process.  If you see birds, know their travel routes and know where they tend to go, you can plan your Setup accordingly and you will up your odds of getting birds within range.  As others have said, learn to use the calls you have WITH CONFIDENCE (Practice, Practice and Practice some more).  Get a small tape recorder and listen to yourself until you have the Confidence that you sound like a Hen.  Scout early next spring!  Know where the birds are and where their travel routes are.  Put these 2 things together and your Frustration factor will go way down and your Fun factor will climb exponentially.  Remember FUN doesn't always mean Killing a Bird, that is Icing on the Cake.  Good Luck!

    I agree 100% with this good advice. Finding good turkey habitat is the path to success. Gobblenut talks about the 4 Ws, the "where" is probably the most important. 90% of the fish hold in 10% of the water. You'll catch fish with fried chicken if you sitting right on top of them. Don't get too worried about the "bait", the calling. Turkeys can be very forgiving of bad calling, take it from someone who knows,lol!
   But calling is at the heart of the sport, and finding calls you love is an aspect we turkey hunters love, so don't deny yourself that fun.  We talk about it ad nauseum and pretend the calls matter more than they really do. It's an indulgence we allow ourselves to have particularly on this forum.
    So after all that, to answer your question, I always recommend the same call to all beginners: get an SS box call, one that looks the coolest to you, because no matter what anyone tells you, looks do matter, and every box the Shoemakers craft will definitely, without question, and with relatively little practice, call in gobblers. It'll get you right in the game while you figure out how to run a yelper over the next 30
years.  :toothy12:
« Last Edit: July 16, 2022, 11:01:30 PM by Zobo »

Offline Sir-diealot

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Re: Newbie, overwhelmed by calls!!
« Reply #16 on: July 17, 2022, 09:26:09 AM »
Kayl did you ever end up getting yourself a box call?
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