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I'd go even further than that. I've almost stopped using locator calls completely.
In my neighborhood, there is usually enough natural noise out there that if the turkeys are going to sound off, they sound off without any prodding. All it takes is a little patience. Usually the barred owls, hawks, and the crows do the majority of the work, but there's also quite a bit of other stuff. Somebody will start up a truck engine, a school bus starts backing up, somebody slams a door. Just about anything will set off a turkey when the mood's right. For a number of years I had a neighbor that had a donkey that would bray at sunrise-- that was particularly good. Lately it's been another neighbor's dogs chained up in front of the trailer and his guinea fowl.
The folks that do not believe in locators have not found the right ones.. I have used a ton of crow calls and have only found two readily available calls that work.. When I say work, I mean that you are quite confident upon hitting the call that if a gobbler was in the proximity it would gobble.. I would say while cutting and running only about 20 percent of the time do I draw a gobble from a turkey call after hitting the crow..
The advantages of having a bird gobble before the first turkey call is made is huge..
As for hooting in the morning.. When I go in blind, I hoot early.. You can draw a gobble at any time and buying yourself 5-10-15 minutes before the woods would normally wakes up is crucial considering light and your ability to sneak in tight.
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