How To Call Late-Spring Toms


If you’ve experienced a silent spring so far, and the wild turkeys just aren’t talking back, you may be anticipating that the rest of the season will be much of the same. Good news, hunters: There’s a second peak to gobbling activity, and it happens late in the season while hens are on their nests and toms are looking for company. John Higley explains how to call gobblers for late-season success.

“Late in the spring season, many of the hens will be on their nests full time, and that’s when gobbling picks up again as the jilted toms expand their search for available mates. So how can you take advantage of the second peak, which, in my experience, may last for only a few days?

First, you’ve got to be out there among the turkeys when it counts. Only by hunting the final days of the annual spring season do you have an opportunity to make good things happen.”

Photo by: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

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Shannon Rikard
Shannon Rikard is a freelance writer and photographer with a passion for conservation and wedding and portrait photography. The Archery Trade Association and National Wild Turkey Federation have published her work. A self-professed word geek, she enjoys Wheel of Fortune, crossword puzzles, and finding a dynamite synonym to illustrate any point. After starting her career in public relations with a national conservation organization, she ventured out on her own with Copper Door Studios.