Need some insight. I have several old toms on our farm that just get harder to kill each year. There really call shy and tight beaked most of the day. I have been as close as 70 yds. to one on the roost and with soft calls and purring he flew down to a strut zone and held up there gobbling at every call I gave him, which wasn't alot. Iv called up real hens while hunting this bird and he still wouldn't come in. Iv tryed him late in the season, late in the day, I'm out of options. What can I do short of ambushing him at a place I know he will be? And is that still turkey hunting?
If you can get within 100 yards or so , while he is still in the tree do it . But I will recommend you get an earlier than usual start . Take your sweet time going in. Pick and choose each step , go around brush that will make noise against your clothing . Don't allow any sound to reach the gobbler .
Let him hit the ground and do a mock stretch 'n'flap , followed immediately by some three or four stroke scratching in the leaf litter,,,,,,,,,,,,,in turkey fashion .No calling .
I'd bet he will sneak in . All you can do is make sure you are good and comfortable before you do the flap , and leaf scratching.
Might take him a few minutes to reach you,,,,,,,,,,,,might be couple hours . He doesn't know if it's a hen or an intruding jake .
Turkeys don't call all day every day . But they do walk and scratch most of every day . That sound of a turkey walking and /or scratching is heard daily by the turkeys.
This is not a sure thing ,,,,,,,,,,,there are no sure things in turkey hunting.