2. Call Long Distance: On a South Dakota hunt, I'd just spooked one Merriam's gobbler but heard another faraway bird. Frustrated, I started in his direction but then decided to check him first with a few loud yelps. He cut me off, and though he was still 300 yards away, he'd closed half the distance. Ten minutes later, he was flopping at my feet. If a Rio or Merriam's turkey answers you, don't dally before setting up. These are big-country birds, and they'll commit to a call from amazingly long distances. Don't plop instantly into a bad setup, of course, but know that if a western turkey is close enough to answer, he's close enough to work.