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Published on: Mar. 23, 2011

requires an attitude change. To keep a positive mind-set, scout carefully and set up in an area that you know toms are using. Remember that the longer you sit, the longer you give a tom the chance to respond to your calls. Bring food, drink (nonalcoholic, of course) and something to read. Doze. Just stay put. It is only a matter of time before a tom approaches.

Maybe a tom doesn’t show the first time you use this technique. Maybe he doesn’t show the second time. But if you stick with it, this approach will result in you wrapping a tag on a turkey. The success will convince you how effective long sits can be on days when toms don’t gobble. You’ll gain confidence in the approach and a sense of pride in your patience. It will also make you wonder how many chances at toms you’ve missed in the past by walking and calling.

Walk-and-Call or Modified Call-and-Wait

If your hunting area is large, consisting of close to 1,000 acres or more, you have options for hunting turkeys on days they don’t gobble. Say you have permission to hunt five farms in close proximity, all between 200 and 300 acres, and all a mix of small woods lots, pasture and row crops. Though long sits will work on these farms when toms don’t gobble, walking and calling in an attempt to make a turkey gobble may be the way to go. If you spook toms on one farm, you’ve got other farms to hunt; moreover, if toms aren’t gobbling on one farm, maybe they are on another. Walking and calling also works well if you have not scouted and are not sure how turkeys are using the farms.

To make a turkey gobble, aggressive “yelps” and “cutting” often work best. Box calls work well because of the volume they generate. Before you call, look around and decide where you could set up quickly if a tom answers. Sometimes, particularly late morning, if a tom gobbles at your calls, they come in quickly—sometimes at a run.

Use terrain features, such as hills, creeks and ditches, to limit the chance of turkeys spotting you, while at the same time maximizing your ability to see turkeys. Peek over creek beds. When you get to the edge of a wooded area, stay in the shadows and step behind a tree and peer into fields before you step out.

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