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I'm of the school where it is best to leave them wanting more than overpowering them with too much. I might not see as many birds calling that way, but then & again, I may see better birds closer to me.
I am in the minority here (well not only here). I call a LOT.
I look at it like this: I woke up at 0400 (often for days on end), I drove through a tank of gas, I've been surviving on strict diet snickers and strong coffee. I have wet feet, a sunburn and hypothermia. I've been bitten by every bug in the Midwest, I have thorn slivers in both hands. My kids miss me, my wife wants to divorce me. I'm broke and losing my mind. the last thing I am going to do is sit out here and NOT CALL!
The fact that turkeys continue to reproduce is proof positive that turkeys are not afraid of turkey calling. Yes, I do accept that on a given day a gobbler might be more turned on by the prospect of a shy hen, and I will back off when I have to. But my game plan is always to call a lot and I will back off if they show me that I need to.
You cannot get good at turkey calling with your calls in your pocket!
Taking their temperature as Steve said is probbaly the hardest thing to figure out, especially as a newb.
The better caller you are the better off you are calling more as you can make birds do things they normally would not do.
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