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  • How should you call if the bird is gobbling good? Should you get aggressive or back off a little bit?
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    Rick White's reply:

    If he's gobbling good and you can tell that he is on his way don't call at all. If he's gobbling and not coming in, I like to call and get him fired up and then I quit calling. A lot of times he will then come in. Good luck and hunt safe.

  • I would like to know how to keep the diaphragm reeds dry in between the reeds. I am having problems with them drying and sticking together which makes the diphragm sound like a single reed. Any advice would be helpful. Your turkey video was awesome!!!!
    Answer:

    H.S. Pro Staff:

    The best way I have found to keep your diaphragm reed from sticking together is to use a flat toothpick in between the reeds. One other tip if you have diaphragms you are not using keep them in the crisper of your refrigerator to prolong their life.

  • How do you call a "call shy" turkey?
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    H.S. Pro Staff:

    In calling to any wild turkey, you should always start calling softly to take his temperature to see what he likes. Call shy turkeys doesn't necessarily mean he will not respond to a call at all. Some are just harder to coax within gun range than others. Good luck.

  • What is a better to use as laundry detergent and cover spray--fresh earth or the standard? Should I store my clothes during the off season just like during the season? How long could you use the scent wafers before they go bad? Do the pros use fresh earth
    Answer:

    Rick White's reply:

    First off, I tell people if you have both, when you run out of one, use the other. They both work very well. A person that smokes or perhaps sits around a fire at camp might want to use the Fresh Earth.
    If you have room to store your clothes in the off season in the bags, that would be good. However, you do not need to as long as you rewash before season again. And as always, use Scent-A-Way Spray.
    I use Fresh Earth Wafers all the time. Depending on how often you use them will determine how long the wafers will last. You will always get a whole season out of them. We get calls telling us they have lasted for several years. I would buy new ones every year just to be safe.

  • I hunt in a lot of big timber and all is bordered by crops. Do you think I should set up on the edges of the fields or should I go into the timber? I will be hunting all seasons so when would be the best time to hunt those locations?
    Answer:

    Rick White's reply:

    I prefer to hunt inside the timber, but I would have stands in both areas. First you need to determine where the deer are bedding to see if you can get into the timber without spooking any deer. Also play the wind when ever possible.
    I like to hunt field edges towards the rut using a buck decoy. It often provides a lot of excitement. You might also hunt from the edge to determine when and where deer are moving out into the field. Once you figure out where they are coming from you can concentrate on that area inside the timber. Both those areas can both provide great hunting. Good luck.

  • Can whitetails be successfully archery hunted from the ground? I am flying to Georgia to hunt and cannot take my tree stands with me.
    Answer:

    H.S. Pro Staff:

    Sure they can. You have to know the travel routes and play the wind to your advantage. Use a pop-top blind or some type of covered blind that you can shoot from.

  • What steps and items do you use for scent elimination?
    Answer:

    H.S. Pro Staff:

    At all possible times we utilize all of the steps of scent elimination. Those steps are as follows: 
    1. Washing your clothes in Scent-A-Way Laundry Detergent. 
    2. Storing your clothes in a scent free environment (Scent-Safe Bag w/ a Fresh Earth wafer). 
    3. Washing your body and hair in Scent-A-Way Soap and Shampoo. 
    4. Using Scent-a-Way Deodorant. 
    5. Dressing in the field. 
    6. Spraying down with Scent-a-Way Spray, multiple times. 
    7. Cover scent utilization.
    We feel that Scent Elimination is like a pie. Every piece that you leave out may cost you an opportunity at a trophy or even an encounter that you may have that would not be possible if you get detected by a deer's nose. Best of luck.

  • I hunt an area where bucks feed on corn in the early season and when the corn is cut the deer go to the forest. Where should I set up?
    Answer:

    Rick White's reply:

    One of the reasons you see deer feeding on corn while it is still standing is that they can also hide in the corn. They don't have to travel far as they will also bed in standing corn. Once the corn is picked they will tend to stay out of the open and will often feed on acorns or other foods that may be in the woods. I would hunt were the deer are. If you don't see them in the fields, hunt the timber. At some point you should start to see them out in the fields. Have stands in both places. Good luck.

  • When shooting a bow from a treestand will your shot hit high or lower?
    Answer:

    H.S. Pro Staff:

    Your bow will seem to shoot a tad high so compensate when shooting from a stand. The best thing to do is practice shooting from a stand at different yardages and heights so you will build your own self confidence when the need arises.

  • Do whitetail and mule deer make the same sounds and can you use the same scents?
    Answer:

    H.S. Pro Staff:

    Your whitewall and mule deer have a lot of the same vocalizations although mule deer are not as vocal as whitewall deer. As for scents, they would have opposite attractant scents for each deer. Hunter's Specialties sells scents for both mule deer and whitetail which might be the ticket for success on your next hunt.

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