Okay,...so there are some differing opinions about calling methods here. Let's take this one step further. How many of you believe it is best to start out conservatively with your calling to get a feel for what a gobbler wants? ....Or, how many feel it is okay just to start hammering away with agressive calling right off the bat?
I don't consider myself to be a conservative caller.....I like getting a gobbler fired up with agressive calling as much as anybody. But I rarely ever start out on a bird with that stuff. I always try to feel a gobbler out first, starting with soft, conservative stuff first,...and then moving towards more agressive stuff if the bird indicates he might be in the mood for that.
My outlook, which may or may not be correct, is that you can go from subtle to agressive with less potential for screwing things up with a bird than you can by starting out agressively and then trying to back off if he is not receptive to that. What about you guys?
I always start ou low and slow to see how he responds. I do this when I'm just blind calling or moving around. It's amazing how far a hot gobbler can hear when he wants to. Soft calling that you can just hear he picks up at 100 yards. If he cuts you off with his gobble , get ready because you're likely to have a good day.
If he doesn't gobble I keep raising volume to see if there's a decipal that triggers him. This was exactly how I worked and killed my last bird here. I called pretty soft...no response..I raised it up a little...no response...I made sure any birds withing 200 yards would hear me and he gobbled. He after a few calls and 4 gobbles drifted in but went 45 yards out in front of me. When I sat down it was cloudy. when he started coming the sun came out and I was under the sunshine spotlight and could not move to call ( I don't use mouth calls) I watched him dissappera into some brush thinking he would step out in front of my friend. I kept waiting for him to shoot.
After severall tense minutes Zach called to the bird and he didn't gobble and I knew the bird had moved off. I hit the call and he cut me off but was 120 yards away . I started cutting and doing some excited hen yelping and he was gobbling one time after the other and really fired up.
Then I stopped and although I couldn't see him Zach said he kind of shook and threw his head around and started coming in. I did a soft call just to keep him from drifting and watched him coming right to Zach. Only problem was Zachs gun was pointed way left of the bird and he couldn't move. Finally when the bird was withing 20-25 yards of Zach and I knew he couldn't move and the bird was about to figure something was up I got to look thru my new Buris Fastfire again and shot him. ....I didn't really mean to get into all this...I can't stay focused
Anyway if a birds gobbling but not cutting me off or not as responsive as I want I may throw another call or 2 or 3 to see if theres a magic sound for the day.
If there's much of a delay in his response I call low and slow and give him some time to see if he may start moving in. If he stands out there and I think the soft stuff doesn't work I'll go nuclear and try and fire him up. Sometimes this breaks him and sometimes it doesn't.
I like to call and I'm not afraid to crank it up if that what it takes to get him worked up .
Its' not always soft calling that kills even the older supposed wiser birds...It's just a matter of catching them on the day they have a high temperature