There are times when something awful happens — You are on one side of a creek/stream/river and the tom is on the other side! Is there any way to salvage the situation?
Yes, there is.
However, you have less than an even chance. Let’s be clear about that.
When the current is too swift for wading or too deep for walking across, you will have your work cut out trying to convince a gobbler to fly or swim across. However it can be done.
What to Try
The only way I know to convince a tom to come across a moving body of water, is to convince him that he is missing out on a great party! He has to believe that there is more excitement on your side of the water than on his!
A tom may have no interest in flying to your party if there is only one hen. So, using a diaphragm call, a slate call and box caller, just might convince that tom that there are 3 or more hens calling him, wanting to breed.
Change your calls: you will need to do cuts, excited yelps and cackles. *
Remember to make other sounds that gobblers expect to hear from hens. More info about these sounds is at: Bagging the Hung-Up Turkey (look for “Why Might These Work?” – near the bottom of the post).
Two Things to Remember
- It may require extensive calling to convince that gobbler to fly over to you.
- As long as that tom stays and continues to gobble, you have a chance!
*For audio of these calls — clicking on the underlined words will take you to the National Wild Turkey Federation’s site.
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