guys what do you do when the turkeys just shut up and dont answer any calls?there is not a lot of pressure on the club.only 3 of us hunt.and not a lot durring the week mostly on weekend.it's the end of the 2nd week here in SC.2 more too go.and happy bunny day everyone
I've had a lot of days like that. Sometimes the birds are just not there. I used to hunt a small place SE of Columbus, OH. During season, the birds seldom roosted on the place and any amount of hunting pressure sent them elsewhere. Most of the time, I was left to call in birds from across the property line. That was many years ago, and the flocks were not as big and there were few other hunters. Nowadays, I would not be so bold.
This past Sunday AM all my gobblers had a severe case of lockjaw. It had gotten really cold overnight, and I had successfully predicted that the birds would be quiet. I just stayed home and sipped coffee out on the back of the house. Season doesn't start until next weekend.
Much to my surprise, I had two gobblers come out and strut after the sun came up. They came to spots where they knew they would be seen and places where the morning sun would hit them and get them warm, and they strutted and gobbled their heads off.
Later in the year, I see a similar behavior. Some gobs like to walk quietly from one likely spot to the other. Some go to the head of each hollow and gobble. Either way, they go out looking for nookie shortly after flydown and stay on it all day or at least until they find a partner for dancing. Last year, the last week, I had a gobbler that came out at 10 and 2 like clockwork and made a circuit around my pastures. I was not ready for him until the last day of season and when I saw him make a similar circuit at 5 PM, I headed out to intercept him by one of our barns. He and I got there about the same time-- didn't have a chance to get my headnet down. Oh well.
My point in all this is: first make sure the turkeys haven't just run off. Next, start looking for likely spots for gobblers to come looking for mates and get there early and call like a feeding hen. Every little once in a while, give him an excited run like you really want it. Wash, rinse, repeat.