I like to start calling right at first light, while turkeys are on the roost. I love to use my slate for this, and my calls are soft clucks and purrs, just enough to get him to answer me. Once he has responded, I shut up, and don't do anything till he has pitched down.
That's all it took to kill a nice bird last Friday.
If you're not getting any responses and you don't know whether a gobbler is in the area or not but you're in an area they frequent, call softly about every 10 minutes.
When you start "cutting and running," or what I prefer to call "sneaking and speaking," make soft calls every 50 yards or so, and louder calls every 150 yards. You don't want to blast away a close one.
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