What to do if a gobbler hangs up

The challenge in turkey hunting is that every tom is different in the way it responds to a call, and this is where the fun begins.

Yes, there are those classic hunts during which a tom gobbles in response to your calling, and comes right in and says, “Shoot me” — and then there are those hunts where the gobbler hangs up and says, “I am not coming to you, so what are you going to do?”

Gobblers that have the audacity to hang up and play the waiting game can sometimes be lured in by leaving the spot you are calling from and walking away.

Call from another location, and then quickly go back to the first location and wait for the bird to move up.

Sometimes gobblers play the silent game, refusing to announce they are nearby.

If you suspect this is what has happened to a tom that was gobbling, the best thing to do is stay put and wait it out — often the first move you make to relocate results in a loud putt and a gobbler running or flying off.

The fun and challenge of hunting turkeys is to go one on one against them.

Many novice hunters will get a veteran hunter to take them out and call up a bird to shoot. I really don’t recommend doing this because it will take away from the thrill of the hunting experience – calling in a wild tom and then bagging it.

While you might not have immediate success, when it does happen you will be ushered into the membership of that elite group known as the Tenth Legion.

This will not happen if all you do is just pull the trigger.

If you do hunt with another hunter make it sure both hunters have the ability to call and participate in the entire hunt.

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David Moreland is a retired wildlife biologist with LDWF, having served as the State Deer Biologist for 13 years and as Chief of the Wildlife Division for three years. He and his wife Prudy live in rural East Feliciana Parish.