Interesting stuff here. My personal theory is that hunters over time learn what works for them in the places they hunt. Becoming stagnant in ones calling and hunting tactics is a sure way to end up less successful than one might be otherwise, especially if you are hunting unfamiliar territory. Learning to adapt to whatever conditions you are presented with is what kills gobblers.
Sometimes that means calling less,...and sometimes that means calling more. I fully agree that it is almost invariably best to start off softly and with minimal calling. One must be flexible enough, and confident enough in his calling ability, to wander out of the comfort zone on occasion. The adage that "less is more" is often completely true,....but so is the adage that "more is more" at times. Understanding when and where each has its place is a learning process we go through as turkey hunters. Unfortunately, it is a "consistently inconsistent" process, for the most part.
[quote]ORIGINAL: eggshellAs for what constitutes a killable Gobbler. First I would say I am a turkey "HUNTER" not just a turkey caller. I will shoot any bird that falls for any part of my strategy. I'm not into shooting a bird that I just walk up on. Although, if it's the last few days of season and I have an open tag, I will take a meat bird if he presents himself. I would include a bird who fell to strategy as any bird I got in range of by many different means, this includes a bird I patterned over several hunting trips, a bird that was moving down a ridge I moved ahead of, a bird I set up and called in classic style or any other scenario that was the result of a deliberate set of tactics. Most of my birds have been called to, but not all. This is one of those areas that is entirely hunter preference. I do respect those who set a standard that they want to call their birds to a set up, kudos to them. However, do not criticize them or someone else who holds different choices as having done less. If your willing to live with your choices then go for it.
Eggshell I agree totally, and I might add leaving the house/camp at 3 am dressed in camo and carring a weapon is considered strategy.
Eggshell I agree totally, and I might add leaving the house/camp at 3 am dressed in camo and carring a weapon is considered strategy.[;)][;)]
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