Two Ways to Hunt Turkeys with Two Hunters

•Smart gobblers frequently "hang up"on a caller, storming in only to put on the brakes out of range. Double-teaming turkeys is an effective way to draw a cagey bird into range. Here are two ways to work it:

  1. [1] Position a shooter 50 yards in front of the caller. The tom is focused on the caller's location, and if it pulls up short, it often will be in the bead of the gunner. Do not use a decoy; this forces the gobbler to go on looking for the calling "hen," and ups the odds of getting a shot within killing range.

  2. [2] A pair of hunters sitting side by side but 30 yards apart, calling like a pair of breeding hens, can move an otherwise hung-up gobbler. Use a variety of soft hen calls to sound like two distinct birds.

--T. EDWARD NICKENS