I am way late to this discussion but I believe it goes to the heart of what turkey hunting is really all about.
For many of us "senior" hunters, our first experiences at turkey hunting were not, "Get gun, go to woods and shoot turkey." Most of my early hunts were learning experiences and if I even heard a turkey it was fantastic. I still remember the first turkey, a hen, that I saw from a distance. What a thrill that was.
In those early days, if you were lucky enough to hear a gobbler anywhere, you went after him and stayed on him for the duration. Success was not measured by the kill but by the thrill of the hunt and just being able to be out in the spring chasing a turkey. There was more preparation, more conversation, more scouting, more early morning rising, more bacon & eggs, more exhaustion after several days of hunting and maybe even more satisfaction in knowing you'd given it your best shot whether that meant literally shooting a turkey or just giving fair chase.
The real heart and soul of this wonderful sport is the chase.
"If he's out of range, it just means that he has another day and so do you."