I agree it can depend on where you are and any given day can bring an opposite response. ssw makes an interesting point about how the same call in different regions can bring on acompletely different response.
It depends on where I am and if I have an idea where birds are as to whether I'll hit the owl hooter early or wait and let things unfold naturally. In one place I hunted I could just wait on the mule about a 1/4 mile away to sound off as he'd set everything within a half mile including me off. He was loud when he was hungry I guess and would let loose right at daybreak
I'd prefer to find birds like everyone else with the locators just for the obvious reason of moving into position without worrying about the bird coming towards me. More and more over the years though if I'm moving, I either go thru a sequence of hitting the crow call and then calling on a box or cutting on a slate with a graphite striker. The latter has shocked birds for me in Georgia pretty well. Some days nothing works and some days anything would work.
Like Shaman said theres often a count of quality gobbling days in a season. On those days alot more seems to work and all of a sudden you're a really good turkey hunter and caller[:)]
It's funny out west, more than once it was a hen that answered me (with a box or crystal) and let me know birds were around before the gobbler ever sounded off.
When I first got started in 93 I was stupid enough to be convinced that any gobbler that heard a locator call had to gobble, that they couldn't help it. It took that entire first season to figure out where the flaw in my thinking was. I must have mis read something.
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