Gobbler Responses versus distance

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Gobbler Responses versus distance

Post by SwampDrummin » February 28th, 2018, 2:44 pm

I was sitting around thinking today about turkeys. Shocker. My mind wandered to a few times where I had gotten tough toms that I have Gotten to respond to loud yellping from a LONG way away but when I got within a couple hundred yards away.....nothing. Those particular gobblers I can usually get to respond at will or at least multiple times to the long distance talk but they all to a T lived to gobble another day.

Anybody have any thoughts on this? I wish I had a call in my vest that made it seem like I was a half mile away.

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Re: Gobbler Responses versus distance

Post by hoobilly » February 28th, 2018, 2:48 pm

Typically all gobblers who werre really long ways away (800 yards or more).have come right in to the gun after gobbling at me. If they respond and come, then they usually die. Unless some lovesick hen cuts him off, i have had that happen.

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Re: Gobbler Responses versus distance

Post by guesswho » February 28th, 2018, 3:28 pm

My guess for what it's worth is your approach may have been to fast, loud, visible or a combination of any of the above. My guess is you made him nervous or he got a visual on you. And a gobble doesn't necessarily mean he's interested. His response was probably just a I hear you, you know where I'm at gobble, which is still a good thing. Slow and steady, if you think your slip-assin slow enough, cut that speed in about half. The closer I got to where I heard him the last time the less I'd call too, until I felt I found the killing spot. A killing spot is usually a mutual agreement between you and him. You just have to find where he's comfortable with his approach.
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Re: Gobbler Responses versus distance

Post by drenalinld » March 1st, 2018, 8:08 am

Most likely scenario is he was coming to the call and you bumped him or he was closer than you thought and you bumped him.

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Re: Gobbler Responses versus distance

Post by GLS » March 1st, 2018, 10:45 am

The farthest I've had a bird respond was over 800 yards as measured by google earth. He shock gobbled to me and I coursed him trying to get close. It was probably the best decision I made by not calling until I was assured of the set up. When I got within 200 yards, there was knee deep water between him and me and the hill was on the other side. Before water, it was too thick to call. I waited until flydown and moseyed to the hill and sat down. He was silent when he hit the ground. I did some soft clucks and within 10 minutes, VRRROOOM to my right. I cut my eyeballs to the right and there his puffed-up ass was. I wheeled and shot him as he raised his head coming out of strut just before exit, stage right. Had I called before realizing the lay of the land, I would have probably screwed up as usual.
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Re: Gobbler Responses versus distance

Post by HunterGKS » March 1st, 2018, 10:51 am

I'd be willing to bet that the bird(s) were coming in silent & you bumped them.
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Re: Gobbler Responses versus distance

Post by appalachianassassin » March 1st, 2018, 11:08 am

most likely saw you. but, may have just been a courtesy gobble from a uninterested bird.
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