Turkey Hunting Tips-Locator Calls
A locator call is used to find the locations of gobbler turkeys. It is a tool that mocks the sounds of other creatures found in the wild. These calls are designed to make a gobbler shock gobble. They can be used prior to sunrise and throughout the the day.
Using Locator Calls
The use of locator calls while turkey hunting will only benefit the hunter and should be used. In many cases, this call will be the first call to be used at the beginning of the hunt. Regardless of which locator call, it can often be used successfully to get a response.
Using a locator call rather than a turkey call at times is more helpful to the hunter. It will give up the turkeys position without having the turkey think there is a hen nearby. This allows the hunter the chance at moving in closer for a better set up. It also reduces the chances of a gobbler that is close by suddenly flying in on a hunter and being spooked.
The only way to find out which locator call will work best is to experiment. Don’t be afraid to use call sounds normally heard at nightly hours during the middle of the day. For example, an owl hooter can be just as effective in the afternoon as before sunrise. The key is trying a variety in any given area.
Start out by making soft notes. Keep the sequences short. After a few minutes without response, increase the volume. Continue to keep the sequences short. This will help in reducing the chances of drowning out a responding gobble sound. Listen for any response that may occur and try to get a good idea of which direction the gobble came from.
Types Of Locator Calls
- Owl hooter
- Crow call
- Coyote call
- Hawk call
- Peacock call
- Woodpecker call
As with any call, the key to success is using it properly. Spend time practicing and learning the skills needed.
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