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i have set up and had a similar problem with jakes. just because a bird is a long beard doesnt always mean that he is a boss. anyway i witnessed 3 jakes run a long beard off a ridge that i was on then they came in to my calling. the long beard was gone so when the jakes got about 10 yards from me i jumped up and ran at them swinging my arms and scared the hell out of them. i resumed calling from my set up and 2 and a half hours later i dirt rolled a bird with a 10 and a half inch beard. he did not gobble but slipped in. this stratagy of running the jakes off has paid off for me more than once. i believe they can recognize a call that they have a bad experience with like mature birds,because after doing this to the jakes they did not respond well to my hen callsfor the remiander of the season. just something you might want to try. it is effective.
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