Re: Ok what do I need?
I use custom Slates.
With what ever you use, you need to learn to understand what the birds are saying and learn how to respond to him or her. Learn when a little is enough and when you need to get excited with the call.
If you have them on the roost, just some simple, quiet tree yelps and then shut up. When he wakes up, give him another one or two, that is it. He knows where you are.
Usually in the mornings the Toms are going to hen up. By late morning or noon, the hens will go to nest and the Toms will loose interest. This is the time they will start cruising or get into strutting zones looking for other hens. This is a good time to pick one up.
When you are calling (yelp) you are saying to the rest of the birds out there "Hey here I am. Where are you?" If a tom answers you and you keep doing this (The Yelp) often times a mature bird will either hang up or leave. Add some excited purrs once you have the toms interest maybe a cut or two. But stop continually yelping at the tom. In the spring the "purr" is related to being ready to mate.
Once you have a tom committed and coming in, stop calling. If he acts like he does not want to fully come in, give him a soft purr or two and then wait.
Sometimes you will want to call the hens. Careful, if the hen has a tom and she thinks you are going to steel him, she will go the other way. Sometimes you can call the hen in by acting like a lost younger hen.
Most often time, the hens I call in is done by cutting her down. I listen to how she is cutting and yelping and how often she cuts. I then will cut her a bit more aggressively. If she cuts me 4 or 5 times, I will cut her back 6 or 7 times. My goal here is to have her submit to me and come in.
Turkey hunting is a chess game, sometimes you make the right move and then there are times you don't.