There used to be a commercial that said, "confidence is very sexy", that is true in turkey calling too. When you have confidence you present a better call sound and sequence. You will also make more calls of different types, you feel better about when to call, ect. You gain this confidence with experience. when I had bird dogs and was training them I had an old mentor who told me his perspective on dog training, and I think it applies to turkey hunting. His position was it took 1,000 contacts to make a good bird dog. A contact is anytime a dog encounters scent or a bird in a hunting situation. So it wasn't a matter of years, but of experience that made a dog. I don't know if the number is 1,000 for turkey hunters, but contacts do count. Now, contacts do not require that you are carrying a gun, they simply are as stated any contact with wild turkeys in a non spooked state. In the early years I gained a lot of contact by being out in the woods before season, especially when winter flocks were breaking up and spring pecking order was being established. The biggest boost came with fall hunting as I learned so much more about turkey social structure. Also, contact with other hunters counts. Sharing of experiences like what happens on this forum counts as contacts. So think about how many times you encounter something turkey and take a count. Let's say the number is 1,000, start with the last year and estimate your contacts and start a descending count, that is how long it will take you to be a seasoned turkey hunter. So the more you can put yourself around turkeys in any form or discussions on turkeys the more efficient you be hunting them.
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