They may not look like it, but turkeys communicate exactly like humans.\u00a0 Ok, well maybe not EXACTLY, but very closely\u2026you just need to think about it with an open mind.\u00a0 More specifically, the way they respond to a particular type of call or sequence is the same way you and I respond to our ringing smart phones.\u00a0 Confused?\u00a0 Read on and you\u2019ll be amazed at the connection and maybe you\u2019ll even strike up a deadly conversation with Mr. Longbeard this spring.Think of it this way, do you answer your phone with the same enthusiasm every single time?\u00a0 I imagine not.\u00a0 Turkeys that do this find themselves in a frying pan pretty quickly.\u00a0 Most sane people in this world have a personality that\u2019s specific to them.\u00a0 Some are always holly jolly, while some are Debbie downers. Some chat your ear off, while others are afraid to open their mouth.\u00a0 Some are loners, while some are groupies\u2026.I think you get the point.How does this translate into which turkey call you should use?Do you ever wonder why you have all those pockets on your turkey vest?\u00a0 It\u2019s because you\u2019re supposed to use them!\u00a0 When I say use them, I don\u2019t just mean throw some calls in there to look cool, I mean you should actually make some noise with them\u2026all of them.\u00a0 In my younger days, I would carry around one or two calls on every hunt \u2013 a slate call and a box call.\u00a0 Then I learned how to use mouth calls, and soon that was all I was taking with me (aside from a crow call and owl hooter).\u00a0 The ease and convenience of only taking a Tic Tac sized case with a few mouth calls was second to none on run and gun hunts.\u00a0 While I had some success, I\u2019ve since learned the absolute need to carry a vest full of calls.Being prepared is key for successful turkey hunts. \u00a0Sometimes all you need is one call, and other times you need to strike 3 or 4 before the old Tom fires up. \u00a0Better to be with, than without!Answer this: You know when your phone rings and it says your boss is calling, and you decide to intentionally let it go to voicemail because you are \u201cbusy\u201d and it\u2019s the weekend.\u00a0 This may be the exact reaction of a turkey in response to your slate call.\u00a0 What if your boss was to call back using one of your coworker\u2019s phone, of whom you love to hang out with? \u00a0I\u2019ll bet you would answer immediately, only to be stung by the sound of your boss\u2019s voice, of whom you just ignored.\u00a0 Turkeys will do the same.\u00a0 There have been plenty of times where friends and I couldn\u2019t get a bird to gobble using our diaphragm or slate calls.\u00a0 Then we busted out the trusty ol\u2019 box call and WHAMO, a tom hammered less than 100 yards away and the hunt was on!Now, that the boss (the turkey hunter) has conned you (the turkey) into a conversation, you can\u2019t just hang up on them.\u00a0 Same goes for the box call that invoked the gobble.\u00a0 Get setup and keep using that box, obviously he liked something about it and chances are if he\u2019s in the mood, you\u2019ll pull him in on a string.Springtime turkeys are fascinating creatures and they all behave in their own personal way.\u00a0 There\u2019s no telling what type or sound of call might spring a silent strutter into action, so if you\u2019re struggling during a hunt, don\u2019t be afraid to use the entire arsenal.\u00a0 Sometimes the box call is hot, and sometimes the slate gets them speaking, and a sometimes they want to breed that sexy sounding hen so bad, any call works.\u00a0 Just remember, some gobblers are \u201cyour best friend calling\u201d\u2026yippee! And others can be \u201cyour boss calling on the weekend\u201d\u2026 DECLINE!