very ineresting STEVE.
well i've avoided this thread for some time. early on in my turkey hunting i would get out and use my calls to try and get a bird to give up his location before season. thought i was scouting. thought i was finding roost areas. when i did this i would always call LOUDLY. wanted the birds to be sure and hear me . my yelps , cutts and cackles would echo off the ridges. then i realized that most of the hunters using the same hunting area were also doing this same thing. i quit calling pre-season. most of the time they are gobbling hot on the limb before season anyhow , without any help from me or anyone else.
now last spring i broke my own rules and called in a flock of jakes about a month before season. just to watch them, and give my boys a little boost of adrenalin. ain't gonna apologize for it either. it ain't everyday you have around 30 jakes come up close for a look. some were 10 feet from us . but i didn't use loud calling and i only clucked.
you all can chastise me if you like that's ok. i said it before and will repeat it many more times i'm sure,,,,i'm still learning and trying to improve my talents as a turkey hunter. i've made more mistakes than most it seems and i'm willing to admit it.
on the other hand ,,,i can't stop someone else from pre-season calling on public land . so i say let them call,,,let them educate the birds with their loud calling. they most likely will be all fired up for the opener to be let down because those vocal preseason birds won't cooperate now . those are the ones that i want. those toms that have been worn out with calling. after a few days the majority of any given section of my public land won't see any hunters. this is where the WING is a killer call ,,,,,,,,,,,must use extreme caution.