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Fudd

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Stopped by, no work this week, Larry was making what i thought were decoys. No, foam targets.   The other day we took a ride to the river, Larry honked the car horn and got a few , what he called, shock gobbles. I got some advice. 'If you know where there are a bunch, use two decoys to give the turkeys something to look at besides you'.  Most of the time you will be better off meeting them halfway, because most public land has very few birds.  They will be coming off of private land, so no decoys. Set up before they can see you, low if possible.  Sometimes turkeys will give you a couple of seconds before they react. You should not waste any time, your normal one second rhythm should work, but if they are nervous, shoot fast'.
  We went to the quonset building today, raining, with the targets.  From sitting on a camp stool from about 18 to 20 yards, I saw what fast and accurate really is. Imagine John Schulz shooting wood discs out of the air from a sitting position. I got this when a made a non-repeatable remark, "That's how it worked for me."  It took some work to hit at my normal one second shot cycle hunting speed, but i think I can get it done. We don't have many turkeys around here, but there are a few.  How many Hill style shooters on here hunt turkeys with longbows?  Got any more tips? This will be my first time.
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Calling Centaur!!!!!!!!

Pat is the Hill bow turkey hunting King!!!!!

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I asked about calling. 'When looking for a tom, a gobble with a box, works best for me.  I then do a rather loud hen series, after that mouth calls only and less is more." I pointed out what was a single read and asked what that one was for.  I got a turkey rendition of the piccolo part from Stars and Stripes Forever. I bought a double reed mouth call called old hen something, almost choked to death.  I can do the box.
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I gave up on the box and slate calls.  I prefer mouth calls.  Less to carry, less movement and with the variety available any call can be made.  I prefer double reed calls.  When not calling the call can be held between cheek and teeth.  Use your tongue to place the call at the roof of your mouth.  Takes some practice getting used to.  Some guys gag and cannot use one.  They're cheap and worth a try.  Frank
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Boy....just bought one for this spring. I like a simple double reed, no, or very little cuts. There are rapidly getting "not so cheap" !
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I did too !

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I got some help with my old hen double reed. Larry cut part of it off on each side and told me to not put as far back and don't let it get so far back on the tongue, and then push forward with the tongue.  'euyuk' two tone yelps.  He said the last spring bird he shot, he was wearing the Bush In A Bag. The young tom did not gobble or respond to hen sweet talk, it just came walking by.  How much yelping versus sweet talk works for you?
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I've stuck with the old wing bone call.  Sounds poor at least when I'm calling but seems to work.
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I like mouth calls for the same reasons that Frank stated. For me, less is better when calling. Patterning birds and setting up ambushes works, as does stalking if the terrain allows it. I get bored pretty quick sitting in a blind.
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Finally, had a turkey in range, the traffic on 60 was really loud at the time, so I never heard it coming, maybe it never gobbled back. I missed its head by about 3", from about 18 yards, it was a bit of an odd angle.   And no, to be honest, I was not shooting at its head.  I don't think I kept my eye on any particular spot.  'Pick a feather and don't take your eye off of it.'  it all makes sense now.
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