Top Locator Sounds for Turkeys

Top Locator Sounds for Turkeys

If you’ve done your share of pre-season scouting, it’s likely that by the time hunting season rolls around, you’ve got your turkey spots dialed in, and you know their general location. Sometimes, you get thrown a curveball and have to make some last minute adjustments so you’re just wingin’ it on a new spot! Regardless of where you may fall in this spectrum, being able to locate a tom is critical. Here are a few tips and tricks for locating turkeys.

Why Turkeys Respond to Locator Sounds

Some attribute gobblers responding to non-turkey sounds to their heightened testosterone levels. They are raging males, eager to mate and looking for a fight. Others attribute it to their desire to simply be louder than anything else in the woods. Whatever the case may be as to why turkeys respond to other bird calls, the important thing is that turkeys do respond. Here’s some more info on three effective locator calls.

Barred Owl Locator

This is a great locator call to use when wanting to know a gobbler’s location, without turkeys coming in to soon to your hen calls. You might be trying to locate where the turkeys are to know where and how to set up on them. It would be problematic to have them come into your setup before you are ready. Owls are often mating in the springtime, and their calls can be heard frequently in the woods, and it is a great way to get a tom to speak up.

Crow Locator

Much like the barred owl locator, the crow locator is beneficial in getting a response from the gobbler, without him coming into your calls. The crow locator can be used anytime throughout the day and is another tool to have in the bag, especially when trying to mix up your calling. There are many different variations to the crow locator, so be sure to check out the Turkey Tech mobile app to perfect them.


Cutting is a great turkey sound to use to elicit a response from a tom because it plays on his emotions. It helps get him excited. While there are many different scenarios in which cutting is beneficial, it is an effective locator call. The hunter should beware, however, that the tom responding might very well be on his way to check out the hen he just heard, so make sure you’re in a set up (or close to one) conducive to that!

As mentioned above, knowing when and how to use these sounds—along with their different variations—is an essential skill turkey callers must develop. The Turkey Tech mobile app outlines these sounds and variations in a way that is simple and easy to understand, teaching hunters how to make the sound, when to use it, and how a turkey may respond to it. The Turkey Tech mobile app is a must for any turkey hunter wanting to improve his or her knowledge of turkey hunting and calling. Indeed, it’s important to not just understand the sound you are making, but also when and how the turkeys will respond. All of this can be accomplished with one app, conveniently located on your cell phone. Best of luck this year to all turkey hunters in their pursuit of their own trophy toms!

This article was written by Got Game Technologies staffer, Jedd Tibbitts, an avid outdoorsman and marketing intern for Got Game Technologies. If you have comments or questions for Jedd about this post, he can be reached at

Three Tips for Calling a Hung-up Tom into Range

Three Tips for Calling a Hung-up Tom into Range

We’ve all been there before—a large tom a distance off, not quite willing to commit. You call again and again trying to keep his attention. Minutes pass by and he just isn’t closing the distance. You call harder—nothing happens. Eventually the tom loses interest and struts away. Thoughts run through your mind like, “Man, that was so close. What did I do wrong? What could I have done different? Why didn’t he commit after initially showing interest?” It’s easy to feel dejected, depressed, and lonely; like you are the only person in the hunting world lacking the skills to call in that tom. Social media amplifies those feelings as your feed is flooded with images of your buddies harvesting trophy toms. Every situation is different, and to some, there may not be a clear solution. But here are three tips to help hunters of all levels succeed in getting that tom that hangs up into shooting range.

1. Call the Hens

Often toms will hang up because they already have a hen or multiple hens around them. Why would he want to leave his six to go after one? You could try to give him the impression that you’re a large tom ready for a fight, but sometimes he just isn’t feeling it. After failed attempts to lure the tom away from the flock, try focusing the attention on the hens. Begin with some soft clucks directed towards the hens. Be sure to respond to the hens and ignore the Tom. These sounds might pique the interest of the hens and make them wonder who the new hen on the block is. As they start to respond, try mixing in a cluck and purr combination, or start cutting. This can raise the emotion level of the hens and get them to close the distance with the Tom following right behind…

2.  Read and Understand the Emotions of the Bird

This is arguably the most important aspect of calling in turkeys in any situation. It’s important to understand the emotion level of every turkey and is helpful to imagine it on a scale of 1-10. If the tom responded to your locator call with little emotion, it would be unwise to respond with a fighting purr. A plain yelp or soft cluck might be more beneficial when that bird is in the 1-3 levels of emotions. As the bird escalates into the 4-6 emotions you could implement 30-45 seconds of a cluck and purr combination followed with some cutting. As the emotion level raises to 7 and above, that’s when sounds like the excited yelp, and fighting purr are effective. Some times the birds need some coaxing and if your calls are eliciting low emotions, try subtly raising the emotions of the calls you are using. More experience and encounters with toms will help you increase your understanding of the turkey language and the associated emotions embedded in each turkey sound.

3.  Make Sure Your Presentation is Realistic

Some hunters like to use decoys, and some hunters do not. Either way, this principle applies to both. If your decoy setup is a jake and a hen, then it makes little sense to be using mature tom sounds to attract prospective toms. It may initially pique his interest, but he is unlikely to commit to your setup if certain elements are missing. The same can be said for the hunter without decoys. When the Tom approaches the spot where the sounds are coming from, he expects to see a bird or multiple birds. Try casting your sounds behind you and to your sides to keep the tom coming in your direction, but guessing where the sound is coming from.

In sum, turkey hunting can be difficult–that’s what keeps us coming back time and time again. The goal is to step out of the truck, get into the setup and have a trophy tom come strutting in, but the reality is that this doesn’t always happen. Sometimes you’re left with an unpunched tag in your pocket and a fueled desire to get better. We developed the Turkey Tech App to help hunters of all levels shorten the learning curve, and perfect their craft. In the app, Scott Ellis, a four-time grand national turkey calling champion presents some great information on the different sounds turkeys make and how to implement them into your hunting strategies. The better you understand the turkey language, the better chances you have of punching your tag with a quality tom. As a hunter, it is easy to get caught up in the obsession of new hunting gear. We make substantial investments into our weapons, clothing, decoys, setups, blinds, calls, and other equipment that helps us be more successful, but rarely do we take the time or money to invest in perhaps the most important contributor to success—ourselves. Improving your knowledge and understanding of the species you are targeting and learning successful strategies will do more to help you perfect your craft than any other piece of equipment or gear. Priced at only $4.99, the Turkey Tech App can provide hunters with a huge return on investment. You can find it on the App Store and Google Play Store. Best of luck to all of you hunters who are gearing up for the spring turkey season around the corner.

This article was written by Got Game Technologies staffer, Jedd Tibbitts, an avid outdoorsman and marketing intern for Got Game Technologies. If you have comments or questions for Jedd about this post, he can be reached at

ElkNut and Turkey Tech Apps 20% Off

ElkNut and Turkey Tech Apps 20% Off

To celebrate the annual NWTF National Convention and the Western Hunting and Conservation Expo, we’re offering our ElkNut and Turkey Tech apps at a 20% discount!

The second week of February is generally associated with Valentine’s Day. But for those of you who share a passion for hunting, it’s also the week of two fantastic shows/conventions.

In Nashville, Tennessee, turkey hunters from around the country converge to share in camaraderie, turkey calling, and all other things turkey hunting! Our Turkey Tech app expert, Scott Ellis, and our Whitetail Tech app expert, Steve Stoltz, are both competing in various divisions of the turkey calling championships. And last night—capping off the first show day—Scott Ellis won the grand national owl hooting championship! We wish him and Steve the best of luck in the turkey calling prelims today!

On the other side of the country, the Mule Deer Foundation has fostered what in our minds is the best western hunting expo. Thousands of hunters filter through the Salt Palace, and hundreds of big game tags are given away to lucky hunters. And for the last couple years, the Hunt Expo has hosted the World Elk Calling Championships!

Our company focus of helping hunters develop and improve their calling and hunting skills goes hand in hand with both of these great events. As a result, we want to show our support and excitement by offering our ElkNut and Turkey Tech apps at a 20% discount on the App Store and Play Store! This discount will last through the end of each show (Saturday for NWTF; Sunday for the Hunt Expo).

Be sure to check our social media accounts on Instagram and Facebook to see how you can win a $25 gift card to Woodhaven Custom Calls or a Phelps Game calls by sharing this discount with your hunting buddies!

We hope to see you at one of these shows this weekend! Tayler spent yesterday in Nashville and is now en route to SLC. You can find Scott Ellis and Steve Stoltz at the Woodhaven Custom Calls NWTF booth. And Ryan and Tayler will be around the Phelps Game Calls booth today and tomorrow at the Hunt Expo.

Keep up with Scott Ellis’s Turkey Season on YouTube

Keep up with Scott Ellis’s Turkey Season on YouTube

We have enjoyed working with Scott Ellis in developing the Turkey Tech mobile app. His turkey calling credentials are tried and tested in the field every year, and 2019 was no different. He completed another single season slam (his third), bagging each of the four species of gobbler in the United States. You can keep up with these hunts, and many great others, but subscribing to his YouTube channel, Hunt Quest.

Hunt Quest is in its third season, and in addition to a ton of great turkey hunting, you’ll also get to see Scott, his friends, and family, chase trophy whitetails, hunt hogs, and work some waterfowl. Watching these shows is a great way to sharpen your turkey hunting abilities during the off season, enjoy high quality hunting video productions, and get to know Scott a little better.

Please subscribe to Hunt Quest and let us know what you think of the show.

Turkey Tech App Ranked #3 on the App Store

Turkey Tech App Ranked #3 on the App Store

When we first set out to start developing mobile apps that help people get better at calling and hunting animals, we knew we wanted to be the best. Well, the Turkey Tech Mobile App is on its way. During the peak of spring turkey season this year, it was ranked the third-ranked paid sports app on the App Store!

Due to the depth of content, with how-to calling videos for friction and mouth calls, real turkey sounds, the ability to record yourself calling and compare it to the real thing, and detailed hunting tips, Turkey Tech really is the best mobile option for learning how to call in and kill more turkeys.

Thanks to our fantastic customers for helping us get to this point! Here are a few recent reviews of the Turkey Tech app:

“It’s a great app. Lots of helpful tips all around a great app to brush up on your calling before the season. Would highly recommend to any turkey hunter.” Tony C., Android Turkey Tech user.

“Right on point. Love it!” Anonymous Android Turkey Tech user.

“This is such an amazing turkey hunting tool. Scott Ellis really knows what he is doing.” Apple Turkey Tech user.

It doesn’t matter the time of year, the time is always now to get better at calling turkeys. Find the Turkey Tech App on the App Store or Google Play today!