Several times through the years I've read on various message boards and heard people complain about a gobbler getting shot and somehow the successful hunter cheated because "I heard no calling...."
I shake my head at that. Just because one hunter doesn't hear another hunter calling doesn't mean the guy isn't calling or hasn't called. Yesterday I called in a 19 pound gobbler and I made only one soft tree call before he flew down. A buddy was 100 yards away (and within 10 yards of the gobbler's roost tree) and he didn't hear my call. It was so soft that even I barely heard it. But the gobbler did. And that's not the first time I've done that.
There are all kinds of scenarios where one hunter would not hear another hunter calling. Here's another example. A friend of mine killed a deep-woods gobbler on Wednesday that gobbled only one time. He could actually see it about 60-70 yards away, and it was with three hens. He watched that gobbler for over 5 hours, and it never made another sound other than an occasional cluck. So he clucked back softly. Finally, those hens began to drift toward him, and he made the shot at 40 yards. If another hunter had been within 100 yards, he never would have heard any calling.
To successfully call a gobbler a caller often doesn't need to call loudly enough for another hunter to hear. Lots of soft calls can be heard by the gobbler without any other hunter hearing them -- soft tree calls, soft purring, soft clucks, even soft yelps.
Remember this -- a gobbler's ears are far superior to our own. By the time we're 30, we've done all kind of things that have a detrimental effect on our hearing: shooting guns, running chain saws, riding motorcycles, listening to loud music, working in a machine shop, working with power tools, and much more. A gobbler has virgin ears -- and ears that in only 2 or 3 short years have never been abused. It's no wonder that they can hear so much better than we can.
And late-season turkeys -- both hens and gobblers -- are especially tuned in to everything they hear in the woods. Hens may call softly because they don't want to attract the wrong kind of attention. Gobblers pay attention to soft calling because they've heard so much loud calling that wasn't a hen. Another factor is the foliage absorbs much more sound than early-season bare woods does, so the sounds don't carry as far and hunters can even be fooled about what direction the sounds are coming from.
I guess there isn't much left to say, except agree? Or disagree?
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