For me it depends on the area I'm hunting. If it's the first time hunting that area and I don't know the lay of the land or the areas that the birds like to travel, in other wards going in blind to an area that I've never hunted, I want to be the FIRST BIRD that gobbles. Useally the Boss Tom is the first bird to gobble in the morning, then the rest will start. Being the first bird gobbling sends a message to the toms and hens in that area that a new bird has come in and is challenging them for that area. Even on days that the birds aren't gobbling a boss hen will answer your gobble and come to a gobbling tom and draw any tom with her along behind, he may be silent, but he will follow that boss hen where ever she goes. Once I know where the birds are in that area, I set up on them and then use an owl hooter to pinpoint them, sometimes they answer and sometimes not? Learning the difference between how a bird gobbles, will help you determan the age and dominance of the bird your working and will help with how you call to him and work him. Wheather I wait for daylight depends on the terrain and how easy the woods is to get through, if it's an open woods you need to be in there well before daylight to keep from being seen, if the woods is thick and you have cover to move in then you can get in when it gets light enough to see where your going?
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