ORIGINAL: Fan Club
The shooter and the caller should always have the same field of view, or at least be able to see each other.
Solid advice. I am almost always in physical contact with the shooter when I call. But I have found that in cover, sharing the same field of view can be almost impossible. Which leads me to another "DUH!" moment.
Last year my son and I were working a pair of toms, hung up on a ridge. We set up on the side hill as close as we dared. I put him against a small tree and I laid on my side, right next to his left hip. I was touching him but my head was about 3 feet below his b/c of the slope and my posture. After working them for 20 minutes, the gobbling stopped. Pretty soon my son whispers "I see them." Unfortunately, what I heard
was, "I hear them." I'm thinking that they are just out of sight, so I look around for a stick and begin to scratch, cluck and purr. Meanwhile my boy is looking at two strutters at 20 yds, but without an open shot! He thought I had lost my mind. Finally, I hear one of them spitting over the racket I was making and turn my head. There they are in all their glory, closing inside of 15 yds. Like an idiot, I whisper "Okay...wait until he-BOOM!" Feathers flew, bird down and my son pulls his mask down and looks at me like "What the heck is wrong with you?"
Big "DUH!" on my part, but it all worked out.