John's Journal... Entry 133, Day 1
When and When Not To Move On A Gobbler
EDITOR'S NOTE: Often, when a turkey comes in, you have to move to get off a shot. Although you've set up right, the turkey comes in wrong. Chris Kirby, president of Quaker Boy Calls, and I learned that lesson the hard way while hunting right outside of Orchard Park, New York. Instead of coming along the edge of the field like Kirby predicted, the gobbler came in to the middle of the thicket. To help me get off a shot, Kirby had to turn the gobbler around and march him within 10 feet of me. He accomplished that task by using Quaker Boy's new Gobbler Positioning System call (GPS).
Chris, what do you do when a turkey comes in from an unexpected direction?
I tell everyone who gets out of position that when a gobbler comes in, wait and think before they move. Many times if you'll just wait, the gobbler will move right to where you want him to come. Think for 5 to 10 seconds before you snap the gun over, make a quick movement or try to stand. Don't panic when things start to go wrong. Don't get over-excited. Don't do anything at all. Just sit there, wait, and let the turkey dictate your next move.
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