Sounds like your hunting a ghost or someone you talked to got schooled by a fe Eastern birds.
Easterns are different than the other species. Yes they are large but not the larget on average. They are not hard to locate, yes can be call shy and live in many habitates
Locating birds. I personaly wouldn`t take a turkey call into the woods when scouting. No need to educate these birds anymore than necassay. Take locator calls instead. Show up early and find one of the highest points and sit down and listen to the birds at dawn. Next walk around the woods and look for signs IE scratches, feathers, dropping, and tracks. Easterns like to follow water from point to point so that is always a good starting place.
Calling- Well easterns are different in this area. Mostly what I believe people are miss stating is that easterns aren`t call shy they just hang up..ALOT. They will gobble their heads off coming to you then all of a sudden just plain stop in their tracks and continue to gobble. Most folk get nervous and start to really hammer the bird. Then the bird shuts up and is gone. I recommend little calling when dealing with an eastern. Just give him enough to keep him on the string. They will travel great distances to get to you but for some darn reason just won`t finish. This has driven me nuts on a bird or two.
As far as habitat, easterns can endure all conditions. For example just here in NC I have hunted them in the Appalachain`s where the woods are big and somewhat open, in the Piedmont where it is mostly a mix of hardwood and pines, in the low lands where it is pine and thick bottoms and finally in the nasty swamps where it is so thick and nasty you can`t see 10 feet in front of yourself. Oh and like most turkeys they like open fields and farms.
Hope some of this helps
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