Hello Chris ,,,welcome .
I too have been fighting the URGE to call , call , call. I have been really bad at doing that in the past . I killed a few birds using that tactic , but the ones that came so far then drifted off out number the kills ,,,BY FAR.
I have been mentally going over this urge in an attempt to wean myself of the wrong .
Just yesterday morning I stood by the truck and listened to a hard gobbling bird . He was just about 150 yards from me. Off to my right , and within 100 yards of the bird was 3 hunters . Each time the tom gobbled one of those fellers would yelp a few times . That bird stood his ground for over a half hour ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,then went away gobbling ,,,,then went silent.
I have done the same thing , in the past , as those fellers . But , I am learning and believe I have overcome the urge . Simply by knowing that he is hearing all the calls I am making , no matter how soft , no matter how few .
After locating and moving in on a bird , the toughest part is self control and being comfortable so we don't fidget and move trying to relieve our backside of pain .
The lack of selfcontrol in calling is a common mistake among a lot of hunters .
Last week a hunter would go into this set of ridges and set up for a while . Throughout the morning he would move and set up . and again ,,,and again . Each time he moved he would repeat the same calling tactic . Yelp on a box , followed by a gobble call . Everytime I was near that area I could hear him doing the same things over and over .
This week , I went into that same set of ridges and had the bird come to within 20 yards . I should have killed him too. But as Mr. Spencer says, '' SET UP IN THE WRONG PLACE AND YOUR BEAT ''. somthing like that . I should have been standing instead of sitting in this case .
That bird came without hesitation to just a few very soft clucks . His tagalong jake friend was within 10 yards of me on the steep hillside . Standing would have allowed me to see down the slope and at the least got a shot at the old bird .
I am not the first to say it ,,,,,when it comes to calling ,,,''LESS IS MORE'',,,,,,GIVE IT TO HIM SOFTLY, GIVE HIM JUST ENOUGH