tdh, I like your tactics...obviously you have had a great deal of experience and have developed a solid plan for those early morning birds.
One thing I have heard from a number of you is that you carry and use a wing (or portion thereof) to make the various sounds that turkeys naturally make during their daily routines. I have never done that, thinking that it is just another unnecessary accessory that I would be carrying around with me, and God knows I already carry around too much stuff now. It sounds like I should reconsider that notion....I guess it really wouldn't be all that much of a burden, and I do have a number of old wings laying around that I could modify into something similar to the pictures some of you have posted (in another thread).
I'm a little concerned about the safety issues, though, but I guess it's just a matter of using a little common sense about when and where to use one.
I guess my questions to those of you that carry a wing is "In your experiences, do you think that using a wing has made a real difference in getting a bird to come to you at some point?....and do you think the sound created by having a real wing can or cannot be duplicated by using something else (a stick or branch, or your hand, or an article of clothing)?"