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Day 5: How to Close the Deal When Hunting Turkeys with John E. Phillips

Editor’s Note: You can wear the best-quality camouflage, use outstanding turkey calls and employ all the tactics you learn from videos, books and magazine articles, and you still may not go home with a gobbler, if you're hunting in a place that doesn't hold a turkey. To have a successful turkey hunt, you first must find a gobbler to hunt. And, to be successful, you need to locate more than one gobbler every day you're afield, I’ve found in my 50 years of chasing toms.
This week I’m sharing some of the most-productive ideas for hunting turkeys that people have taught me to successfully take toms this spring.

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger ViewAfter I pinpoint a gobbler, pick out my best stand and rest my shotgun on my knee, I often rely on friction calls. Some friction calls sound more like a hen than any other type of call. I like friction calls with strikers that enable me to give that raspy sound of an excited hen. But, when I
hunt turkeys that have experienced intense hunting pressure, I use the hickory striker to call softly, especially when the turkey comes in close. To take a tough gobbler, use a locator call. Set-up on him, and call lightly on a friction call with soft clucks and purrs. No hunter should go in the woods without several different types of locator calls. To find the gobblers, you must know how to use a locator call. Effectively using a locator call can reduce the amount of time you spend scouting and determine where and how to set-up to increase your odds for bagging a gobbler.

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger ViewTo learn more about turkey hunting from the masters, get these Kindle eBooks by John E. Phillips, including: “The Turkey Hunter's Bible (available as an eBook or in paperback),” “PhD Gobblers: How to Hunt the Smartest Turkeys in the World,” “Turkey Hunting Tactics,” “How to Hunt Turkeys with World Champion Preston Pittman,” “The 10 Sins of Turkey Hunting with Preston Pittman,” and “Outdoor Life’s Complete Turkey Hunting.” Click on the links above, or go to, type in the names of the books, and download them to your Kindle, and/or download a Kindle app for your iPad, SmartPhone or computer.

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John Phillips, winner of the 2012 Homer Circle Fishing Award for outstanding fishing writer by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA), the 2008 Crossbow Communicator of the year and the 2007 Legendary Communicator chosen for induction into the National Fresh Water Hall of Fame, is a freelance writer (over 6,000 magazine articles for about 100 magazines and several thousand newspaper columns published), magazine editor, photographer for print media as well as industry catalogues (over 25,000 photos published), lecturer, outdoor consultant, marketing consultant, book author and daily internet content provider with an overview of the outdoors. Click here for more information and a list of all the books available from John E. Phillips.

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Day 1: How to Scout for Turkeys with John E. Phillips
Day 2: How to Use What You Learn About Tom Turkeys to Take Them
Day 3: How to Use Locator Calls
Day 4: Why Use Locator Calls for Spooked and Hush-Mouthed Turkeys
Day 5: How to Close the Deal When Hunting Turkeys with John E. Phillips

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