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  • This is my second year of turkey hunting, and am not really sure how to hunt them. Should I sit in one area and wait for them to come to me, or locate them and get as close as possible?
    Answer:

    H.S. Pro Staff:

    Scout through the winter months to locate birds and watch them until spring comes. They will then break up into smaller groups or by themselves. At this time they are gobbling so you can scout them by listening to them. Now you know where they are and when season comes around you are ready to call them to your location. Remember, always set up above them or level with them.

  • 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.

  • If a gobbler is out of range, struttin', and not coming to your call, what do you do?
    Answer:

    H.S. Pro Staff:

    Wait him out. If you called to him too aggressively when he could see your location there is a good chance that he is not coming any farther. Let him walk off and try him from a different angle with some softer calling, and try to keep him guessing on your location, or even switch to a different sounding call. Best of luck.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • I'm getting ready to compete in a turkey calling competition what is the best overall advice you can give me?
    Answer:

    H.S. Pro Staff:

    The best advice is to stay focused, practice, and try to sound as much like a turkey as you can. Don't let anything intimidate you and if you do the best that you can that is all that you can do. Watch and learn and always strive to do better. Best of luck.

  • How should I hunt? The drought and hot weather has caused the corn and other vegetation to stop growing. If the feeding areas aren't there, where next?
    Answer:

    H.S. Pro Staff:

    Drought conditions require a hunter to look harder. The deer have to be eating something so it's a matter of finding their food source.
    If you have your own hunting ground you may want to look at planting a food plot. If you get any rain in the next month you can plant wheat, oats or clover. That might keep the deer on your property. Otherwise, if they can't find food they will leave to find it.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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