The title explains it all. I am new to sport of calling in turkeys thought if I gave a heads up that some of these questions might be dumb or even possibly obvious then I wouldnt get grilled by others (which is frequently what happens on L.L. in EVERY forum)
Anyways here we go. I hope others add their questions and that there are a few generous experts out there...
This is my second year of hunting turkey in this state. Out west the birds are tame and we basically drove them to each other. Obviously not going to work here.
I believe that I am very proficient at making the basic calls, know the importance of camo, etc.
First question: When guys go out are they locating gobbling birds before setting up? Im talking about a new area that I may not have had time to scout and know that they show at 4 every day.. If locating do you just walk around with an owl call or some type of turkey call???? until you get a response OR are people setting up in an area they think looks good and waiting until one comes their way (again a new area that for many reasons you might not have scouted prior)?
This sounds obvious but I just want to make sure. If you do a locator call are you always going to get a response OR just because you dont get a response is there a good chance one is around (example, I was on private property tonight that holds birds but did not once hear a turkey)
Second question: How long will you stay in that area before moving on?. Again, Im asking under the assumption that you are getting no gobbling activity. I have all day saturday and have access to many different properties...If I get no activity should I continue onto the next or give it time.?
3rd. Under the short season structure if I stay all day on property with nothing is it best to continue and dedicate my time or is it time to move on (for some reason both years the birds seem to move off the private land a few weeks before season....they are there all winter long!)?
4th.. Final question for the night....Ive been told that there is a ton of gobbling in the early morning as they get off the roost. What is the rest of the day going to look like? Will they be as vocal during different times or will they "turn off" later in the day? I know that you cant bag a bird from your couch but is there prime times to be there and times that really dont produce? (thinking with two very little kids its best to make the wife happy and dedicate my time away to those prime times - as a result I get more time away if Im not gone for 15 hours a day.
Thanks again for all the responses. I hope others add questions. Turkey hunting seems to be a fairly complicated sport that takes guidance and time to master....