As this past spring was exceptional , as far as super tough , and quiet birds go , a year ago it was quite the opposite . The evening before season last year I located a longbeard by sight just before sundown . After he wandered down a ridge at roost ime we waited until nearly dark30 and hit an owl . Nothing . We scattered out along the ridge top and hooted back and forth to one another trying to get a gobble for location . Nothing . So I gave it one high pitched and long howl of a young dog or female and was cut off by the bird . The next morning I got him to gobble once again in the dark with that same howl . Finally the show started and there were no less than a dozen jakes and longbeards that came into my imitation of a love sick hen . One older bird with a very long beard came in from the opposite direction at the same time . There should have been a triple kill there that morning but my oldest son shot first then jumped up and ran to his first longbeard trophy.
Did I digress or what ? My point is a coyote howl just might turn a bird the other way ,,,,just like I have seen a nice hen yelp on a mouthcall, boxcall ,slate call turn them away , or it may work when they won't respond to nothing else .
The woods where I hunt is full of barred owls and they still shock gobble at hunters and owls ,,,not every time but more times than not .
One spring a few years back it seemed like over half the people hunting in that area had the new PEACOCK. It worked about like the other locators .
A single gun shot went off down in a deep holler about 10:00 one morning . Well you know how fast your body reacts to a sudden loud noise like that . Yeah! I jumped a good'n' ,,,and a turkey gobbled down at the other end of the same holler. No not at me ,,,the gunshot ,,I didn't scream that time .