Good question Wayne, I use a gobble call quite a bit. I use my box call to gobble on because I don't care for the shaker tubes, they don't produce a good gobble unless you add water to them and then you get soaked. With a box you can produce that high low pitch a lot better. Primo's and Quaker Boy both make good tubes, I like the Quaker Boy better, their three ringed tube sounds better then the two ringed tubes do. Lynch and Tom from Big Tom's Calls make good gobble boxes. I use my box mostly for a locator, if your hunting an area that you haven't hunted before, I like to be the first bird talking in the morning Toms will answer it, and so will the hens, I prefer it to tree talking if you can't get close enough to the roosted birds, or if they are off the property line and you can't hunt the land they are on. It works great for toms that are looking for birds, late morning or late in the season birds. If you have a strutter decoy with a single hen set out and you start gobbling your head off in late morning other less dominant birds will come to see if they can steal a hen away. Be ready because they do come in silent. I use it if birds are henned up tight, last year we were set up along a plowed field on the edge of our property and a flock of birds 11 hens and an old tom came into the hay field across the fence, he was busy taking care of his hens when another tom came into the field from the other end, two hens started towards that tom and the old tom took off after him, they fought for about 5 min in the field and that gave us just the chance we needed. I started giving the hens an old boss hen call and got the boss hen headed our way across the field she won't put up with another boss hen in her area. Both toms seeing the boss hen leaving stopped fighting and came on the run to stop her, as they got to her I started gobbling on the box and that hen came running with both toms right behind her, only the boss hen went back, my two hunters were very happy with that show. MOST IMPORTANTLY it is a safty issue, it will call other hunter in because it gets very noisy in that area, but it can be a very useful tool in your bag of tricks, so use it wisely.
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