Steve Cobb said getting a location on a gobbler early is good, but that doesn’t make or break a hunt.
“Roosting birds the evening before is ideal,” he said.”You have a location to target the next morning. If I don’t have that advantage, I don’t stress and let things happening naturally.”
Cobb said owling can be a good technique to get a gobbler to betray his location early.
“If a lot of owls are hooting, I may not need to make them, and I’ll let nature tell me where gobblers are roosted,” he said. “If I hear little natural owling, I will owl call, but not excessively, to keep it realistic. I don’t get overly excited about not hearing gobblers until live crows crank up. That’s when things usually begin to happen if they haven’t already. When the crows caw, it’s time to get serious about hearing a turkey gobble. That’s when I may crow call or even start with turkey calls to locate a gobbler.”
Cobb said one final note about locator calls is to not overcall. Once you get a gobbler to respond you have his location. Select a setup spot or approach his position, then use turkey sounds to go to the next level.