I agree with what some have already said....calling them in is what makes it interesting. If you just want a bird (and I'm not saying there's anything wrong with that) just run around and ambush one. I've done that once or twice in the early years when I've been completely frustrated by them. But to have them respond to the call and come in is really exciting. I once had a Tom respond a long way off, then come running from at least 1/2 mile across a hay field right to my decoys. Quite a sight. I've also had them respond to the call, come in, but hang up just outside of shotgun range. But that's what makes it fun.
If you've never had one come to the call, you just need to keep trying. So many variables like weather, timing in the mating cycle, etc. can make them react differently from day to day. Sometimes one day can make a world of difference. So just keep at it. I promise you once you do get one to come to the call, you'll know what we mean.
Are calls absolutly necessary. Most of the time I would say no. Some of the time yes. I will say that it does make it a whole lot more fun for me. As I posted on another topic thread. It is the interaction the the birds that makes turkey hunting enjoyable for me.
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