he gob­bled 100 times on the limb, then flew down and never made an­other peep.

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A lot of hunters think that tur­keys fly down and then im­me­di­ately start walk­ing off. That’s rarely what hap­pens, says Shane Simp­son, four-time Min­nesota state call­ing cham­pion and owner of Callingall­turkeys.com. When a gob­bler hits the ground, he might preen, scratch, and strut for an hour or more be­fore go­ing any­where. If you hear hens talk­ing, try call­ing to them, Simp­son says. If ev­ery­thing is quiet, stay quiet your­self. The gob­bler knows where you are, and he may be com­ing in—slowly. Get com­fort­able for the wait, but keep your gun ready. “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stood up too early and spooked a tom at the edge of shot­gun range, just look­ing,” Simp­son says.

Af­ter 45 min­utes, call to the bird again, but make it in­ter­est­ing. Try some cutts and ex­cited yelps. Those sud­den sounds will of­ten sur­prise a tom into gobbling, which will at least give up his po­si­tion. —A.R.

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