Where is that gobbler? Here are the top five locator calls to use to find him.


Photo: Jeff Gudenkauf

Photo: Jeff Gudenkauf

In a perfect turkey hunting morning, the bird gobbles on the roost, answers your call, and strolls into range. It does happen but  this scenario is the exception and not the rule. Many things can go wrong, the tom will have hens with him, he may be a pressured bird that shuts up on the ground, and he may just not feel like it. So a lot of your time in the woods will be spent searching for a hot bird. How do you find them? Here are some good calls to use to cause that turkey to give his location away.

1) Owl hoot-More turkeys have probably been enticed into gobbling by owls than anything else. There is just something about that hooting sound that makes them respond. They work best early in the morning while the birds are still on the roost. But that’s not to say they won’t answer an owl later in the day.

2) Coyote howl-This is effective at creating shock gobbles but only at long distances. You would never want to use this near the roost. Walking and calling, otherwise known as the run and gun method, would be best for this type of locator call.  

3) Crow call-Crows irritate a lot of animals including turkeys. This is another call that works best in the morning from around 8 to noon.

4) Hen yelps-Loud yelps will carry a long way and will certainly fire up a lonely gobbler. The only drawback is a silent tom that comes in on you before you are ready. And you need to be able to get set up instantly if a bird fires up near you. Chances are he is on his way in a hurry.

5) Canada goose-Much the same way they answer owls and crows, gobblers will try to outdo a big Canada. This can be especially effective around rivers and lakes that have resident Canada populations.