Mostly easterns in this area with some rio's a little further west . Sure I shoot one occasionally during deer season if I have a tag. I don't always buy a tag for fall season though. Also I'm shooting them with a bow from a treestand, so I'm not going to attempt that unless they are under 20 yds. and no deer in sight.
No! When I'm deer hunting I have my bow, that's why in the fall if I shoot a Turkey it's with the bow. I generally use a shotgun during the spring season. Will probably start using the bow for Turkey more starting next season.
As far as deer go, I started hunting them with a rifle and have been using a bow for about 6 years. I find using the bow much more challenging and more rewarding
First let me say its really cool that theres a turkey forum at BGH now! I love to tukey hunt and read and learn about them. I seen a hen in the open with a clutch about 6 weeks ago and wonder how many survived the predators. I guess they do alright we have lots of turkey here!
There can be too much of a good thing with antler rattling.
I like to hit the horns together for a good 30- to 40-second rattling sequence and then hang them up and resist the urge to hit them again.
This works to the hunter's advantage, because if a buck has heard it, he may have been 300 or 400 yards away and he comes in and he's not exactly sure where it came from.
When finally is time to rattle again throw a slight change-up into the routine.
The second time, don't rattle as loud...