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But for whatever reason, she did not yelp.
He gobbled several times for her, each
gobble seemingly loaded with more desperation than the last. After a few minutes
of listening to him, I gave one soft yelp.
He flew down instantly, and I barely had
time to raise my gun before he stepped
out 30 yards in front of me.
Calling frequently and loudly to that
gobbler probably would have spooked
him. But knowing how to get close and
mimicking his hen's soft yelp led to putting my tag on a last-day trophy.

LATER WORKS, TOO

Jacob Dingel

Although we often associate spring
gobbler hunting with the early-morning
hours, hunting early later in spring often
can be unproductive.
Later in May, gobblers and hens have
established their breeding routines and
you're unlikely to call a gobbler away
from his harem.
The way around that problem is to
hunt late-morning hours, when the hens
have gone to their nests. Late morning
often holds potential for finding a gobbler without a hen that is willing to come
courting.
I learned of this late-season tactic in
one of my first years of gobbler hunting
when I killed a bird my father-in-law had

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called in for me. Now I was determined
to kill a bird by myself.
The following year progressed without
much success.
But on the last week, I found a bird
that would occasionally answer my calls,
but that had no interest in moving toward
my location.
On the season's last day, I spent some
time calling to him first thing in the morning, but he still refused to budge. So, I
decided to walk a long loop around the
mountain to end the season.
Finishing the loop, I was back where
I'd started. I gave one final half-hearted
series of calls, which the gobbler interrupted with a double-gobble.
As I sat against a nearby oak, he
doubled-gobbled again. Only a lot closer.
A couple of seconds later, he stepped into
an opening and my gun roared. I went to
him and checked my watch as I bent to
examine the gobbler; the season was mere
minutes from being over.
In many ways, that experience is what
hooked me, not just on turkey hunting, but
on late-season gobblers. It's a chance to
feel a grand-slam-in-the-bottom-of-theninth moment. But you must be afield
to learn why late-season hunts offer the
most challenges and, in turn, the biggest
rewards.



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