Steve Cobb said that the best calling technique mimics the natural surroundings of where you hunt, regardless of that zip code.

“In South Carolina last year, I simply did not hear much natural turkey talking in the woods,” he said. “Because of lower recruitment in recent years, we don’t have as many turkeys, and I heard noticeably less gobbling than in recent years where I hunt. I changed my calling pattern to reflect that by simply toning down my calling. 

“Being able to reproduce a turkey sound is crucial, but stay within the natural boundary of sounds turkeys are making in the woods,” Cobb said. “If the amount of yelping, cutting, and other sounds are reduced and the volume is lower, I replicate that. Turkeys have reasons for these calling trends, and I may not understand them, but I have learned I’m more successful by mimicking that pattern.

“Hammering turkeys with loud cutts, even if the calls sound great, is not the natural thing to do at that time. It can be successful, but the odds are doing the natural sounds in the appropriate volume will produce more gobblers within shooting range.”