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  • What would be the best way to rattle in big bucks?
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    H.S. Pro Staff:

    I really don't know of the best way. Rattling is by no means a sure-fire method that works every time you do it. Rattling is one of those things that you keep in your arsenal as a hunter to utilize and sometimes it all comes together.
    As far as time of year, probably the best time is just before the peak of the rut, and throughout the rut and even post rut. But you have to keep trying and be persistent with it.
    Also a little tip to help your success rate. Most oftentimes when you rattle a mature buck and get him coming your way he is going to get the wind in his favor as he approaches. With that in mind, being scent free is very important. Also, if you are planning on calling it is always a good idea to put a little dominant buck urine out so he can match his nose with what he is hearing.
    Another great tip is to never call to a deer when he can see your location unless you are using a visual aid (a decoy). If he doesn't see anything where the sound is coming from he may lose interest. Set-up is key in so many cases. Best of luck.

  • What mouth diaphragm call would you recommend for finesse calling--soft clucks and purrs and tree yelps?
    Answer:

    H.S. Pro Staff:

    The Cutt'n 2.5 is a great all-around call that will suit your needs for softer calling. Basically just lighten up on your air pressure and use more jaw movement (dropping your jaw to get the high to low note) to get softer notes. This call will give you great clucks and purrs also. Best of luck.

  • Do gobblers roost in the same place every year?
    Answer:

    H.S. Pro Staff:

    Not always! Some do and some don't. Always try to locate the birds you are hunting visually and/or by using locator call, such as our Hammerin' Crow Call or Limb Shaker Owl Hooter.

  • I have a question about turkey hunting. When you go scouting in the pre-season and you hear a bird gobble should you go to that location to get a look at the bird or lay off until the season starts and then go back to that location?
    Answer:

    Rick White's reply:

    You should make a mental note of where the bird was roosted and go back to that area once season opens. Don't get too close to birds on the roost. If you spook birds from their roost they may move to a different roost area. Good luck this spring.

  • What is the best turkey call for a beginner?
    Answer:

    H.S. Pro Staff:

    There are many ways to answer this question. Probably the best call to start out with is a slate/glass style call. The reason is that the call is very realistic and easy to get to know how to use in minutes. With today's technology the real turkey sound is built right into the call all that you have to provide is turkey rhythm.
    At the same time if you want to add some more to your equipment and be a bit more versatile pick up a double reed mouth call and start working with that and by turkey season you may have it down. Another great tool is a good instruction aid. There are many great instructional videos/DVDs on the market, These can really be a big help. Best of luck to you.

  • In late season hunting when all of the hens are bred, what would be a good way to call a big gobbler?
    Answer:

    H.S. Pro Staff:

    Call him just as you would early in the season. He will be looking for a girlfriend, so get him fired up and the let him come find you. Sometimes later in the season you may have to work a little harder getting turkeys located and a little harder to fire them up, but it will pay off. Best of Luck.

  • I was turkey hunting recently, and I located two gobblers. I tried calling them in, but all they would do is gobble, but they wouldn't come in any further. In fact, they walked by just out of range. Do you have any tips for calling in an Eastern Turkey?
    Answer:

    Rick White's reply:

    Try and get him fired up with some aggressive calling and then quit calling. That will bring them in lots of times. If you weren't using decoys you might want to try them. You could also try calling and then get up and move closer without spooking the birds and wait them out. Good luck.

  • In videos I have seen hunters calling hard to birds that seem to be coming in and calling soft/infrequently to birds that seem uninterested and they still kill the bird. How do you judge the way a bird wants to be called to?
    Answer:

    H.S. Pro Staff:

    In all honesty, this is what turkey hunting is all about as far as the calling aspect goes. We call it "taking the turkey's temperature." It doesn't work every time and everyone does it differently, but if the gobbler is hot and you feel confident that he is going to pay you a visit, get him fired up and then lay off and play hard-to-get. If you need to get him excited, if he is not really interested, you need to throw the kitchen sink at him and if that is not working, move positioning and hit him soft and subtle.
    Learning to figure out what mood the turkey is in comes with time in the woods and always doesn't follow the rules. Most of all use common sense in the turkey woods and use our human ability to reason and figure out the situation at hand. Best of Luck.

  • Can you give me some advice on finding and calling late-morning and afternoon gobblers?
    Answer:

    H.S. Pro Staff:

    Hunting turkeys in the late morning or early afternoon can be very productive. Usually about 10 a.m. the hens will start to nest or lay an egg and it will leave those toms looking for a girlfriend. This makes our job as a hunter a lot easier. What I like to do is what I call "cutt'n and runnin'." I will cover as much ground as possible, calling every 100 to 200 yards to try and spark a gobble. If I get a turkey gobbling late in the day my chances of calling that bird in and harvesting him are pretty good. I hope this will help you out in your next venture in the turkey woods.

  • What do you do when a gobbler will shock-gobble but shuts up at yelping?
    Answer:

    Rick White's reply:

    I would start by using a different call than you have been using. Change things up a bit. You could also fire him up by calling aggressively and then quit calling and wait. Or you could try and get around in front of him and wait him out not doing any calling at all. Good luck and hunt safe.

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