Scott Ellis Answers More Questions About Wild Turkey Hunting.
Q: Jake From Florida: “What would you suggest for 2 toms that are henned up with 4 hens all day from what I have seen.”
A: I have three quick tips. 1-Try calling to the hen’s. Start with some plain yelping, then go to kee kee running. If no response try some hard cutting and excited yelping. 2-Stage a mock fight including fighting purrs, flogging and gobbling. 3-If calling does not work try patterning them and simply set up an ambush. Sometimes calling alone will not get the job done. SE
Q: Josh from South Carolina: “Today I had a unfortunate hunt, I had 2 toms henned up so I decided to wait them out for 3hrs. Finally they come my way within shooting range, just needed him to pass a limb that was in the way. Wouldn’t you know it a tractor shows up to disc the field before I can get the shot off. Those toms turned inside out clear across the field into a neighboring field which I can’t hunt. My question is will they return ?? How long should I wait before I try again?? Thanks in advance!
A: I’m suprised the tractor even scared them. Many times birds will get used to farm equipment on fields. I would try them the next day without hesitation. SE
Q: Matthew from South Carolina-“This year the field I hunt is planted with oats. Will turkeys still use it as much? If so, is there any specific tatics that you would use for this type of setup ?”
A: Turkeys love oats Matthew! Your field should hold turkeys. As far as tactics go, you can try a decoy spread and set up on the edge of the field in available cover. My personal choice would be just inside woodline around the field with NO decoy. Set up where the old boy has to come looking to find you and by that time it will be too late. SE
Q: Eddie from Alabama- “I just heard your new cd and purchase the four signature calls. I still cannot get the front end pitch as you. What letter or word do you suggest to acquire the yelp on your diaphram call?”
A: Eddie try breathing the word “he” using different pressures and tongue positions. This should help you clean up the front note. Remember we all will sound different to some degree on a mouth call due to our pallet and the size/shape of our mouths.
Q: Gene asks “I live in southern Illinois. where can I find your calls?”
A: You can find my calls as well the complete line of Woodhaven calls at http://www.woodhavencustomcalls.com/. They are also availabe at Bass Pro’s, Cabela’s and Gander Mountain’s, as well Macks Prarie Wings, Midway USA, and Midwest Turkey Supply. SE
Q: Gerald asks ” Which # of reeds would you suggest is the best for whip/whines and purr/cluck? and also high end yelping like on your videos?”
A: I recommend my signature call, the Raspy Red Reactor or the Yellow Venom all with Woodhaven Custom Calls. SE