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And the more you call, the better the
gobbler can zero-in on your position,
and the more suspicious the whole scenario becomes.
Gulvas said gobblers often use to
their advantage the bird's-eye view
offered by their roosts. Gobblers that
hear aggressive hen calls first thing in
the morning sometimes won't fly down
before visually verifying a hen really
is there.
In other words, aggressive calling
can keep a gobbler on the roost longer,
Gulvas said.
Of course, all of these issues are
removed from the equation at a farther
distance, and your hen portrayal will be
more believable as a result, Gulvas said.
"I never ever did like to get real
close," he said.

SETTING UP
Gulvas said if your scouting uncovers
a gobbler's roost for the night, it might
be best to sort out the next morning's
hunting location that evening, as well.
Usually that's a spot about 100 to 150
yards away, within the gobbler's earshot,
but beyond his field of view. Get there
discreetly, decide on your setup, and
perform a fly-up cackle right at dark,
followed by some tree calls, to give the
impression a hen has roosted there.
"That works on his mind all night,"
Gulvas said. "In the morning, sometimes
you don't have to do anything other than
be there."
When hunting hilly or mountainous
terrain, it's better to set up on the same
level a gobbler is on or a level above him,
as opposed to below him, Gulvas said.
"It's hard to call a gobbler down a
hill," he said. "If you're above him, he
doesn't know what's up there."
When moving uphill, turkeys still will
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stretch their necks upward to give their
high-set eyes the earliest look possible
at what's coming next, and they've been
known to bust hunters in so doing. But a
higher-ground setup still offers a better
chance for success.
While you might not always have a
chance to prepare the next morning's
setup, locating a gobbler the night before
a hunt generally improves a hunter's
chances, and almost certainly will build
excitement for the next hunt.
Of course, knowing your hunting area
and the lay of the land provides a huge
advantage in determining a setup to hunt
a roosted bird in the morning. Things
like fences and creeks can cause an
interested bird to hang up before coming
all the way to your calls, and you'll only
know whether such features are there if
you know the area.

DIALED-DOWN CALLS
Tree calls are effective, in part,
because they occur naturally just about
every morning. They don't signal danger
or express emotion. They're social calls
turkeys use to let others know they're
there.
Gulvas said that when hunters put
out soft tree calls, then quiet down, it's
almost certain that gobblers in the area
will hear the calling, and the idea a hen
is there will stick in their minds.
For gobbler hunters, the tree call also
can be important as the season wears on,
Gulvas said.
From the time the season opens until
it ends, at least some gobblers will be
bumped or spooked by hunters. They'll
feel pressure and it has an effect on
them, he said.
Aggressive calling by hunters almost
surely will put pressured birds on
alert, and might drive them off. But a
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