When to Move or When to Stay When a Turkey Quits Gobbling

By John E. Phillips

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When to Move or When to Stay When a Turkey Quits Gobbling
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United States -(AmmoLand.com)- Most turkey hunters either stay too long in a calling position or leave a calling spot too quickly.

Knowing when to go and when to stay is a critical key to successful turkey hunting. As long as a turkey is coming to you or answering your calling, stay in the spot where you are calling. But, when the tom starts moving away from you and is out of sight, then move, try and get ahead of the turkey, change calls, and call the bird again.

The Turkey Hunter’s Bible : http://tiny.cc/hoa18x
The Turkey Hunter’s Bible : http://tiny.cc/hoa18x

In the past when a turkey has quit gobbling, I have assumed he has left the country and is not coming to me. However, generally the opposite is true.

When a tom stops gobbling, especially an older bird, most of the time he is coming to you. He may move in silently and suddenly appear with you hearing nothing but his footsteps.

Today when a turkey stops gobbling, and I believe he is gone, I look at my watch and wait a full 45-minutes before I leave my calling position.

This tactic has enabled me to bag from 25-percent to 40-percent more turkeys than I once took when I left my calling site too quickly.

Before you learn when to stay and when to go, you probably will spook several turkeys because you leave too quickly.

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About the Author:

For the past 40+ years, John E. Phillips of Vestavia, Alabama, has been a fulltime outdoor writer, traveling the world interviewing hunters, guides, outfitters and other outdoorsmen about how they hunt and fish. An award-winning author, John has been hunting and fishing since his kindergarten days.