Turkey Hunting: Mastering Silence

In the world of turkey hunting, the greatest turkey call you’ll ever, ever own is silence.

In this turkey hunting video, you’ll see the turkey hunting tip of silence come to full fruition.

Think back to every hen you heard last spring. How many did you hear on the ground? Very, very few. And if you did hear her, it was limited in time.

Turkey hunters and duck hunters have one thing in common: they love to hear themselves run a call.

Today on The Masters Series we are covering the art of silence. These two toms come in point blank after long periods of hearing nothing from us, and it was enough to drive them crazy.

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James Vatter - May 8, 2018

Absolutely right! Except this morning when I went silent a little too long and a hen pulled him off in the wrong direction.

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Adam Burge - May 10, 2018

Used this tactic again this morning. Guided my son to his first bird-25 lbs.

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Mike Butler - May 13, 2018

Jason, what you have said here is exactly how I managed to kill the only two turkeys I heard during this years season. I made a total of three yelps, the gobbler answering each one, over a period of one hour. He finally strutted into my decoy, six hens in tow. It is even the tactic I took in helping a 12 year old kid kill his first turkey. In his case, I yelped on three different occasions, only the first of which was answered by a gobbler. I just stayed quiet and in one hour and fifty minutes he walked out of the woods into our small field and from a pop up blind my youngster poll axed him with one shot. I love the wisdom of your comments.

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Edgar Mcbee - May 13, 2018

Excellent video thank you

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Cristian Alexander - September 19, 2018

Turkeys are so funny to watch

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James Brown - September 28, 2018

i've haven't hunted yet, but does anyone else think there's no such thing as an "epic turkey hunt"?

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Andy - December 29, 2018

Good video, just like duck hunting I am learning to be a bit more patient and selective in calling, it pays off to be conservative sometimes.

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Bryan - February 4, 2019

It works. Helped me take the oldest bird that I have taken. Most likely 4yr old with 1 1/2 in spurs. He wouldn't budge until I went silent on him.

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Joe Crawford - February 7, 2019

I have preached this to my buddies for years. Silence is deadly!

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Rich B - February 7, 2019

Work the bird. Words to hunt by. Thanks for the video. I will definitely take it to heart on this year's hunt.

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Redneck Central - February 13, 2019

The hardest thing is not calling

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Joe Bones - February 19, 2019

My buddy (Jon) and I had a similar experience when we shot our first turkeys in the Spring of 2018. We watched a lot of videos and did our research before hitting the woods and we still ALMOST messed it up. Called in some toms and hens from over a kilometer down close to 60yds. The forest was so loud will gobbles and yelps, it felt like they were right on top of us, but we couldn't see them. We kept yelping and clucking every time he'd gobble to try and close the distance, but then they started to leave. We decided to get up and put eyes on these birds, but every time we clucked just to get an idea on their location, they always seemed be like 40 yds from us. We were basically chasing these birds. We were discouraged and crawled back to our blinds like whipped dogs. As soon as we got back, those toms started gobbling. Man were they ever fired up, because they were closing the distance fast. Jon kept suggesting to respond with a call to let them know where we were. I said "Let's just shut up… he's bee lining for us." Sure enough, Jon spots two great big toms coming in to the field about 40yds out (i still can't see them). They both spot one of our decoys and starting running like little Veloci Raptors. They ran right pass Jon within 5 yds, stopped and circled our decoy at 10yds. I lost the coin toss, so Jon didn't hesitate to blast the beak off his first turkey. The second flew off, but then button hooked into our hen decoy (30yds). I lined him up, hoping he would come back to investigate his friend. Jon shouted a whisper at me "SHOOT HIM or LOSE HIM." I put the bead on the base his neck and folder that bird like a seven deuce draw. We popped out of our blind like as if Michael Jordan just hit the Championship title buzzer beater. Jon have been hunting big game animals, from Moose, Black Bear and White Tail, and we never been so happy in all the hunts we ever did. Love your videos!! Keep up the good work!!

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Ridge Raised Outdoors - February 21, 2019

Need to do this, this coming up spring gobbler season. Watched this vid like 5 times. Great stuff

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Aaron Z - March 16, 2019

I'm new to turkey hunting this year will be my first.
Should I start calling every half hour until I hear a turkey?
If I hear one I know to shut up but what if you dont hear anything?
How often should I call until I hear a turkey?
Thanks for the advice anyone good luck this year!

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swampwhiteoak1 - March 17, 2019

Every spring I hear and see hens that call almost continuously while staying in the same location for as long as an hour. Yes, timed with a watch not guessing. It happens. Last spring when a hen was doing that about 50 yards from me she triggered toms to gobble more than 150 times. Yes, I actually kept track and quit counting at 150. She then picked around in my decoys for 30 minutes.
One method does not work everyday everywhere. Learn to read the birds.

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WV Outdoorsman - March 20, 2019

Great advice!!! How could anyone thumbs down this. Proof is in the puddin🦃🦃👍

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Keith Hardee - March 21, 2019

Thank you,thank you for sharing that .Im an avid Turkey hunter and hunt tough swamp Turkey's here in S.C.these birds you have to let him know you're there and shut up,scratch in the leaves,flap a wing or what ever but do not make another sound because they will literally shut up.It took me a few years to figure them out.like hunting dang ghost! Thanks

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Randle Richardson - March 22, 2019

Hey brother right now time to go after them here in TN. Juvenile season this comin Saturday and regular season opens the next Saturday.

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Randle Richardson - March 22, 2019

Great advice brother GOD BLESS.

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Doug Dunlap - March 22, 2019

so why did you not shoot the second bird?

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robert moxley - March 22, 2019

He is exactly right , I learned this a few years ago. Too many people think when he gobbles that he is looking and so they answer back. He is calling you and he isn't going anywhere. Takes a lot of patience to just sit and let him gobble without calling to him ; but I can assure you it works more times than when it doesn't.

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Florida Huntsman - March 24, 2019

Really great tactic .

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chiya2006 - March 26, 2019

It happened to me 2 seasons ago. That bird didn’t say a word earlier that morning, but I stay patient till noon. Around 10:00, he started gobbling within 40-50 yard deep in the woods which I couldn’t see. I called him, he replied aggressively. 10-15 min I called and he answered, going back and forth but not showing himself. I quit calling for 10 minutes thinking what to do !, all the sudden I saw a fan 8 yards from me. Then he started walking toward the decoy silently so I took a shot then.

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Steve Just Stuff - March 27, 2019

Great stuff.. Thank You

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David Becker - April 3, 2019

Thank you 😊

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Billy McDaniel - April 3, 2019

Yea, that's great advice that I wish I had used this past weekend in Ga.

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B Edwards - April 4, 2019

You have the best turkey hunting video series out there imo Jason, thank you !

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hess man - April 4, 2019

I've killed several by being silent and just scratching leaves.

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Pattern Paper - April 7, 2019

Duck hunters need to learn this too…

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artifactman660 - April 11, 2019

Truth!!

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BYRON Johnson - April 13, 2019

I literally followed this example and it worked. Called only four times and the bird came from 200 yards away. Jumped the creek and started strutting right in front of me at 40 yards. Thanks again Jason.

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Dathan Garfield - April 15, 2019

I'm sorry but I cant watch anymore mossberg videos in regards to Turkey hunting after I watched one of your staff say a cluck and purr will ruin every turkey hunt….

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Lane Williams - April 17, 2019

I was wondering if anyone could tell me what I need to do to get involved with the turkey calling competitions? I looked on the NWTF website and the only event they show is The World Turkey Calling Championship in Mobile, AL. Are there qualifying events that are held locally?

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huntinjunkie - April 18, 2019

Many won't appreciate how serious you are when you say this is the #1 tip you can give. It truly is.

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Still_ Seth - April 27, 2019

You helped me for sure with the knowledge of silence thank you! And glory be to god for creating these beautifulbirds!!

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Dave Crippen - April 28, 2019

Put the smack down on an old LBL bird this past Tuesday morning! This bird worked my tail off for several days, I got out to LBL late and made an educated guess as to where to go in due to the sun up in full beam. 30 minutes later, he was at about 200 yards, hammering, I set up decoys in an area I knew he comes through on occasion. Made my set up in a creek bed and built a little blind for my exposed left side, and gave him a soft yelp and purr. ( soft enough that I wondered if he would actually hear it) He cut me off in the purr, and I went quiet. After 15 to 20 minutes later, I gave him another soft yelp, he answered at about 80 yards with a rise in between us, another few minutes (I don’t really know how long it was cause I was getting pretty pumped up) he emerged at 60 yards along the edge of the same creek bed I was in and then took 40 minutes to cover the last 60 yards giving me a full strut show! He came in and curled in between me and the decoys, made a quick move and flogged my little struter decoy and then came again in front of the decoys when he got rolled in a position between the decoys at 14 steps away! I had re-watched this very video the night before and had to remind myself during that 40 minutes of strut show to just stay quiet!! Two years ago, I would have probably run him off calling….To say I am wound UP is putting it lightly!!
Thanks Jason for this content that put it fresh in my mind and let me close the deal on a Land Between the Lakes KY Hoss of a Gobbler!

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Jonathan Simmons - May 4, 2019

I watched this video on Friday and my son killed a bird Saturday because I used this method. I was remembering this video the whole time and it was hard not call, but he came in running to our tom decoy and beat it up. Then my son popped it with a 410 and TSS loads. So proud. And thanks guys for the sage advice.

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Jason Nester - May 4, 2019

So true today was a rough day though took a buddy out from roost to 12 not a single bird heard or seen

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Daniel Craig - May 17, 2019

I have failed so many times because I didn’t see this video learned so much

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David Branch - February 14, 2020

Great info hard to do!

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Brent Baker Mountain Magic Outdoors - February 20, 2020

Keep the videos coming. Watch them all the time.
Check mine out. Roosting some public land birds in georgia.
https://youtu.be/69Sp4AQZZoU

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jim collier - February 24, 2020

sweet that's the way I do it when he gobbles he knows were u are…

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