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Cut N Run wrote:Hens move around too, so if all the calling is consistently coming from the same area, he may realize that something's not right and stay away.
WillowRidgeCalls wrote:That's a good question you asked, the answer to it a bit touchy. Some birds you can over call, and some you can't call enough, it depends a lot on the area that your hunting. The hardest part is learning to read what that bird is saying, and the only way you learn that is by spending a lot of time in the woods listening to turkeys. Learning the different types of yelps and learning when to use them will help you.
So for your first question, how much to yelp, or how long? Lets start with a tree yelp, it's a soft quiet yelp with only 2 to 4 yelps, time about 5 sec. If a bird fires back at you right away, then hit him with a couple cutts 3 or 4 and a yelp or two, time about 6 sec. Once you have his attention you must hold it, don't wait 3 min to answer him, you answer him the second he stops gobbling. That is telling him you want his attention and only his. Don't get hung out to dry talking to evey gobbler that sounds off, or that bird will leave the roost away from you, and if you take all day to answer him back he's going the other way. Once you have his full attention and he's answering your yelps, you can slow your calling down and answer every second or third gobble he makes. If he flys down your direction quit using the yelps, all soft clucks and purrs and get ready he's comin!!
The same holds true for a bird on the ground, if he's coming toward you and answering your yelps, once you see him quit yelping and go to soft clucks, purrs, and whines even if he's out a 100 yards or so. Birds that are out in a open field and see your decoys, there is no need to yelp if they are coming toward you. A yelp is a location call, now I'm sure I'm going to get some flack on this, but a yelp is a location call. Birds use it to find other birds and to call other birds in to join them, once they see each other they don't yelp. If you've ever watched a hen in an open field, she'll yelp until another bird enters the field. They use the yelp for contacting other birds, if a hen is going to a Tom in an open field she never yelps going across that open field, most of the time just clucks, if she gets there and he isn't there she'll start yelping to find where he went, once he answers she'll continue on. That's why you hear of so many guys saying they don't like hunting flat open fields because birds tent to lock up about 60 to 70 out and won't come in, more times than not it's because you yelped at him. He already knows your there or sees your decoy, you have already been located. If your sitting there yelping you might just as well put a neon HUNTER sign pointing at you, because a Tom knows your a fake. Now if your in a thick woods you can get away with yelping a little better because the bird can't see as far, but as he gets close you better go to soft clucks and purrs or he'll lock up!!!
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