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  • How should you call if the bird is gobbling good? Should you get aggressive or back off a little bit?
    Answer:

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • I use a decoy...during the rut, what works better a buck or doe setup?
    Answer:

    Rick White's reply:

    They both work well, but I like to use it as a buck during the rut. I have had more luck using it as a buck than a doe during this time. I have also had buck decoys pull a buck away from a doe during the rut. Thanks and good luck.

  • What is the max yardage I should be practicing for deer?
    Answer:

    H.S. Pro Staff:

    I would not recommend shooting over 40 yards. You should practice up to 40 yards so you are comfortable doing it. The average shot on a deer is 20 yards so make that your major target range.

  • When making or using an existing scrape how often should you rescent it and when is a good time to start making them?
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    H.S. Pro Staff:

    There can be many answers to this question. First, if a mock scrape becomes active you have accomplished what you want as far as refreshing them; this is rely at your discretion but you do not want to do it too often. You do not want to let the deer pattern any of your human movement in your hunting area. If we had to put an amount of days I would say every 10-14 days until season and then only when you are planning to hunt that area. It's real important to remember to be totally scent free and utilize the scent elimination process in the deer woods.
    Your second question has many variables also. You start seeing some scraping usually around September 1, sometimes earlier. It will not hurt to start then. Best of 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.

  • What is the best type of call to use during the summer and early fall for predator hunting?
    Answer:

    Gerald Stewart's reply:

    Any food source sound and coyote pup distress are good. The type of hand call you use is dependent on the circumstance. Howlers will not work as well as in the mating season. A rabbit distress call should work well.

  • I am interested in purchasing a predator hunting rifle. I have my eyes on a .220 swift. In your opinion, what caliber of gun do you consider ideal for predator hunting taking all considerations into matter (accuracy, long-short range, pelt damage, cost,
    Answer:

    Gerald Stewart's reply:

    I use a 22.250 55 grain hollow point, but I am only interested in knockdown not pelt damage. The .220 swift is pretty good for what you are wanting. You might look to the Internet bulletin boards for some of the conversations about the .17 caliber, which some consider to be good for the best overall predator gun.
    Scopes-I have used the Luepold Varix II 3 x 9 up to this point but am excited about the quality of the Swarovski 3 x 10-42 mm that I just had mounted on a Darrell Holland Custom 22.250 varmint rifle. Good luck.

  • How should I use the electronic caller, should I let it run all the time or stop it and turn it back on a couple times during the call? What calls should I use different times of the season, (I only hunt in the winter November-March) and I live in Nebrask
    Answer:

    Gerald Stewart's reply:

    There are two philosophies of calling technique and they both will work to varying degrees. You can call intermittently, choosing your time gaps depending on your own personal preferences, or call constantly with an electronic caller.
    Most people using mouthcalls will choose to call for a short while and then sit quietly for a couple minutes. You can do this for several sequences and then move to the next spot. Those using an electronic caller have the option of letting the caller do the calling for 10 to 15 minutes then move on. Both techniques will work.
    In the winter, food source sounds will work well for you. In later winter and early spring coyote vocalizations will work extremely well as calling sounds.

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