In my experience light calling is best, especially as the season goes on. I think pressured birds learn to stay quiet and that's the way to go. Loudmouths get killed. All you need to do is let them know where you are. Once they know, they're either coming or not. The more I hunt turkeys, the less aggressive I call.
some will disagree with me on this, but I try to get the birds as fired up as I can as soon as they hit the ground. On the roost I do some tree yelps to let them know Im there, but I believe that the more fired you get them up before they get with the hens the better chance you have of them coming into you. Just my opinion, but its worked 3 out the past 4 years on the first day. All long beards
all depends for me. On the mood if hes hammering at everything i throw at him and is cutting me off and double and triple gobbling ill lay it on him once he hits the ground until i know hes comin the i shut up and rake in the leaves and do some lite clucks and purrs. But when in the tree still i do jus some light clucks and tree yelps to let him know im there unless i hear hens then i get agressive and try to fier him and the hens up. But if he not answering me everytime or dont answer right away and dont seem to fierd up ill jus call not to agressive and jus enough to let him know where im at
Try to get as close as you dare (which is hard early in the season with no foliage).
Give them some real soft tree yelps, just loud enough to let them know you are there.
If there are hens with him, you should be able to hear them and their "tree talk". The idea for you is to be the first "hen" on the ground to try and pull him into you. Do a fly down cackle before any of the hens hit the ground.
If he answers and sounds fired up, hit him with some standard yelps and hopefully he comes in on a string!
I had 2 jakes come in and I let them walk on Saturday. After a little bit I thought I should try to play with them since this was my 2nd time out and have lots to learn. I tried to call them back in with no luck. Suggestions?