The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


April 8, 2013

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One other possible choice is to sneak into the woods in which the tom that you’re hunting roosts. Do so only after he has left the woods. To be successful with this strategy, you’ll have to have access to those woods from the side opposite the point at which the tom exited, and you’ll have to enter so that you’re not detected by your quarry. Also you’ll have to make all of these movements with safety in mind. But if a tom hears a hen back at the place that he thinks of as his bedroom, he’ll more often than not come back home for some fun.

Think comfortable

Make the place you choose to call from as easy and soft on your body as circumstance allows. Always keep in mind that you’ll have to be still and may have to hold your gun for a long time, and thus have really no margin for error with an approaching tom. Put some serious time into choosing a setup position.

Calling techniques

Calling to farm country toms requires the same assortment of yelps, clucks, purrs and cuts you make to their big-woods cousins, you simply have to sound like a turkey or, if you have multiple decoys, like multiple turkeys. If you have a jake in your decoy spread and have mastered the sound of a gobble, you’ll be ahead of the game, as a gobbling jake may be what it takes to bring in a mature tom when all other calls fail. But, this is one call you should only use if you know you’re alone in the area and use it sparingly at that.

It also helps to be proficient with a diaphragm call. The hand motion required to work a slate or box call is a no-no in farm country, especially as a tom closes in. You’ll want to have your gun aimed and be ready to fire when the first opportunity to do so presents itself.

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