shaman wrote: what I do know is most locator calling is done without context. If you're out there long enough, you know there is a rhythm to the sounds in the morning. There is a flow. I try to figure out that flow and work with it. The crow that sounds off is already part of that flow. When I sound off, I can be subtly off from the flow and it will probably sound that way to the gobbler.
Exactly right in my humble opinion.
My preference is to use more subtle turkey talk rather than sudden loud locator calls. It is that close tom who is most likely to be pleasantly surprised to hear an out of place hen nearby. He may gobble or he may just yelp and cluck in response; many times a quick setup by the hunter yields a gobbler in short order.