Master multiple turkey calls for greater success

Eddie Salter recommends setting up on gobblers with your back to a tree larger than your body to protect you from hunters approaching behind and mistaking you for a turkey.

“I think a turkey hunter, if he’s going to be successful, needs to keep an open mind,” Eddie Salter said. “He needs to be able to run multiple calls, and be able to use a number of calls.”

That means becoming proficient with a variety of calls and having them at your disposal at the moment of truth.

“I look at it kind of like I’m a bass fishermen and taking a (tackle) box to the woods,” said Salter. “If you go bass fishing and you only take one lure to the water, then you’re limited to what you can do.

“But if you take a box full of lures and keep working them until you find one they like, say a purple worm, then you can pattern them and just use that purple worm or whatever lure it is that they prefer.”

So it goes with gobblers and turkey calls, he said.

“I want to have a turkey bag with an assortment of calls that I can use, and swap (calls) until I find one that old bird likes,” he explained. “There are a lot of possible scenarios, but you may be working one bird with a box and he may not like it. If you’ve got a bag of tricks, then you can pull out a mouth call or try a slate or whatever call and keep trying until you find out what they like.

“When they like it, you can be sure they’ll let you know by gobbling and responding. And when I find the one they prefer, then I’ll stay with that one and ultimately be successful with that one.”

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Mike Giles of Meridian has been hunting and fishing Mississippi since 1965. He is an award-winning wildlife photographer, writer, seminar speaker and guide.

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