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I am not much of a turkey

I am not much of a turkey hunter... I went for the second time ever this past year and a bunch of them starting hopping around out near the decoys... I shot one and the pellets must have gone past him and happened to kill another one that was rushing about behind the one I shot.

The new farm is reported to have a lot of birds on it but I have not had a good chance to scout them out.

I am sure I will hunt them some... but - depending on my other members, I would even consider sub-leasing the turkey rights to help pay for the food plots.

Turkey hunting is a big thing in the LowCountry and we have a lot of birds down there.

Most say my leased farm (210 acre tract and a 60 acre tract) are too small for serious turkey hunting, however - but I guess that is the run and gun crowd.

I set up for birds almost like I deer hunt - once I can get one to gobble that is.

I am sure once deer fever wears off a little, I will be eyeing the scatter gun a little more closely!

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You don't have to have a huge

You don't have to have a huge farm to hunt turkeys. You need the right habitat mix that holds turkeys for some part of the day.

I would prefer tall timber for the birds to use as roost sites. That way you get to enjoy the exciting early morning hunt. That is the most fun way to harvest a turkey, especially if he flys down straight to your decoys. Gobbling and strutting around a decoy while the sun is peaking over the pine/hardwood trees...that's the time hunt turkeys...although I enjoy being able to out-smart a big tom turkey in the late morning hours after the hens have left him...he gets lonely and will respond if you call him from the right location...

If you lived in eastern NC, I would definitely take a look at the farms potential for turkey hunting. It's addicting...worse than any drug.....

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I know many hunters that flat

I know many hunters that flat get addicted to turkey hunting.

I do not see what the fuss is all about - I would take a deer hunt over a turkey hunt any day.

One good thing, I guess - is that at least you can hunt them in the spring and it gives us yet another round of hunting outside of deer season.

Good for me also is the fact I can do my plot work on the same weekends I hunt...

Assuming the farm has good birds on it - what would a fair price be to ask for exclusive access for birds? They hunt and no one else does....

We have a very early season in Game Zone 6 that makes a lot of hunters want to hunt there - I think tukkey season starts on 15 March and the rest of the state phases in on 1 and 15 April.

I do not want to gouge anyone but I do not want to "give away the farm" (pun intended)

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I think alot of the turkey

I think alot of the turkey hunt intensity is from the fact that with them, you are almost 100% working for that bird.  You are making the calls, trying to suck that bird into your shooting lane.  With deer, sure you can do some calling or rattling, but a large majority of the time, you are set up somewhere just trying to intercept the buck while he goes on his normal routine.  I still love deer hunting more than anything, but I do feel a more intense, concentrated feeling when that turkey starts gobbling it's head off.  Of course, when you hear those footsteps of a deer in theleaves, that gets you going too.

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Are you watching hunting the

Are you watching hunting the country?  The guy on there just said the very same thing :)  I prefer deer hunting and when you hear those steps my heart races.

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Nope, I am at work, remember?

Nope, I am at work, remember? Wink

 

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I think they get addicted to

I think they get addicted to mastering the language of the birds.  It is so simple and yet so complicated. This makes it both fun and challenging.  I know guys that study the different clucks, clicks and purrs and try to entice the big tom in with a burst of seduction from mouth calls, box calls and slate calls.  It is an addiction for them and the shot is not really the goal.  They want to be the hen that makes that tom strut toward them and into range.

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I think...I know I'm addicted

I think...I know I'm addicted to hunting. Deer, turkeys, hogs, small game, elk, bears...all game which can be hunted....I'll hunt...
I haven't even begun to master the turkeys language. I know enough to have some success...but I am no master....I enjoy the total experience whether turkey hunting or deer hunting...the scouting, the calling, the hunting and of course the dining....
I'm told turkey hunting is akin to hunting elk during the rut, times 300 or so....if hunting elk during the rut is that contagious, then I may regret an elk rut hunt...but I can't resist....it will be on my agenda in the future...
So I guess I'm just addicted to hunting , no matter the game hunted

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Great summary ECU, I do think

Great summary ECU,

I do think you have it a little WORSE than everyone else on here!!

Congratulations - you are our champ!!

For me, it is primarily deer only.

I will be delighted when the day comes and I really can go on a mule deer or elk hunt.

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yes, I don't compare to

yes, I don't compare to hunting liek ECU does.  I wish I had a place to hog hunt locally but hog hunting is illegal in KS.  Other than deer or turkey, I pretty much have to go out of state.  We do have a pronghorn herd, but it is small and our elk herd is hard to draw, but i will put in for it this coming year.

I am already thinking of next years hunts and this years isn't done yet.  i am sick...sick I tell you.

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