Spring turkey season is off to a great start. Despite the rainy, cold weather, calling has been working for us. Here are some pointers that have helped me take early season toms in tough conditions over the years in the Pacific Northwest:
•When hen’s aren’t yet nesting and toms are stuck to them, call lightly, utilizing mostly yelps. If toms respond by gobbling, don’t overcall. Offer just enough yelps to let the toms know you’re still around.
•If a tom starts answering your every call, get more aggressive with the yelps. Calling louder and more frequently can help in this situation. This is especially true later in the morning, after a tom has spent a few ours unsuccessfully courting hens.
•A single hen decoy can be the ticket to draw in a hot tom. In areas where there’s not a high tom to hen ratio, shy away from aggressive tom decoys early in the season.
•Calling to hens may be the key to success. If a hen answers your yelps, and a tom is with her, call back to her mimicking the same sounds she produced. This will often draw her in, with a strutting tom in-tow.