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When To Gobble by Grant Woods

Crank up the volume and listen to the gobblers. There’s a second tom gobbling in response to the bird in the video. During the early and mid breeding season mature toms will often gobble in response to other toms that are in strut areas.

The tom in this video is in a known strut area at my farm. There’s another tom gobbling in response to his calls. Often if a tom is in a strut area without hens he will gobble in an effort to attract hens. Gobblers nearby will often gobble in response. This is a locator call. I use this knowledge to my advantage.

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If I’m set up on a known strut area and I don’t see or hear any turkeys I will often use a gobble call to prompt gobblers in the area to come see/challenge the strange tom that snuck into their turf.

If a tom gobbles in response to my call, I will only gobble once or twice more. If the distant tom seems to be closing the distance I remain quiet and prepare for the shot. If the tom hangs up or is slow approaching, I will switch to hen calls or combine hen calls and gobbles to imitate a gobbler with hens at the strut area.

This technique works great unless the distant gobbler has hens with him. If I hear hens with the distant gobbler I will only respond with hen calls in an effort to call the hens in knowing the tom will follow.

I only suggest using the gobble call when set up with a clear view. Remember there may be other hunters in the area that will be attracted to the sound of a gobbler.

Chasing toms together,


Dr. Grant Woods
Dr. Grant Woods
Raised in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri, Dr. Grant Woods has consulted on wildlife research and management from Canada to New Zealand. A hunter since childhood, he not only knows how to grow big deer, but how to effectively hunt them as well. His work serves to improve deer herd quality and educate hunters about advanced management techniques.