Lots of good idea shared here.
Like most I don't care to just sit and and wait and prefer to cover ground to find a willing bird but sometimes that just what it takes and the truth is close half of my Eastern kills have been a result of staying with a spot
It can depend on just how much property you have to work. As has-been mentioned some that may have smaller tracts to hunt kill a lot of birds by knowing where to set up and be patient
That said: for me it all comes down to scouting and knowing the property so that when those non- gobbling days occur or if they get tight lipped after coming off the roost (and they occur plenty) I have to be plenty confident and have good reason to stay with a spot.
If I'm in your shoes and don't hear anything off the limb at daybreak....I'm gonna sound off with a glass or box call or both so any bird with in a quarter to half mile can hear me...and know that there's at least one
trampy loose hen around
If all quiet at my first listening post I'll move towards other known good spots....but if all stays quiet i'll make the decision that all birds on the Western Front are quiet for now and that to move may not be in my best interest......a lot comes down to hunches and to a degree it depends on the time of season....
I like to call so if i do decide my best chance is to "Stall & Call".......I pick a good concealed set up and I call every 15 minutes.
Truth is I've felt oi would do more damage on some days by moving and as hardcas it is...I have sat and done the 15 minute call sequences for 2-3 hours...and just when you think "it's just not gonna happen
today"...he shows up. Quiet a great feeling to go from maximum discouragement and thinking you're going
home from an uneventful day to having one blow you hat off after 8-10 non eventful calling sequences....and if he sounds off there's an excellent chance you can kill him.
For the record...more than once I've spent a couple hours with a spot...got up and walked off...only to hear a gobbler announce his arrival from my tree that I just vacated and I was 200 yards away...not a good feeling....lol
The exception is out west.........it's pretty much the opposite there except for a few exceptions....it's all about covering ground andvfinding a bird...exceptions arecsome afternoons ........"Stall & Call" has worked well in Texas...Montana...and ....NM at times.....but I've hadvto do it allot less therevthan in the East
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