The turkeys have a wide range of calls .
They have a wide range in volume .
They can and will change the cadence or rhythm .
They can and will go from clucking to yelping to cutting ,,,sometimes without stopping .
Some old hens yelp very close to that of a young gobbler . In spring you want to sound like a hen ,,,,,,,,,,clearly a hen . I deliberately stay on the higher pitch side with any call in the spring .
What a hen can do ,,,a tom can do ,,,,and vice versa,,,,generally with notable differences ,,,,,,,,,GENERALLY BUT NOT ALWAYS .
Great advice from the above posts . And I agree totally with the ''LEARN FROM THE TURKEYS ''. Come fall , and next winter go where the birds are and observe and listen . Watch them with binocs as they make their calls . The birds will be in flocks , and increase in size as spring approaches . You'll be astonished at some of the things you'll see and hear from them .
So many times , just this spring , as I was hunting , I would hear some hunter running a call . Pitch was good ; rhythm was awful . And another had good rhythm , but was yelping like a two year old gobbler . One feller would do the exact same thing everytime he called ,,,and he called to often . There was no doubt in my mind at his first series that it was a hunter ,,,not a real hen .
Spending time with the turkeys will train you if you do it enough times . And you'll know without doubt what you are hearing when you hear it . Whether it is a jenny or jake , gobbler or hen ,,,you'll learn to tell when it is a hunter or what sex the bird is that you just heard .
Just a few thoughts on the subject at hand . This game of turkey hunting is GREAT . Learning never stops. Each season ,spring or fall comes with new things never experienced before .
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