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Reverse Slope Gobblers (feature article)

March 2008 Feature Article:

Reverse Slope Gobblers

I once read that the Duke of Wellington was notorious for utilizing reverse slopes when deploying his troops. The famous general, who defeated Napoleon at Waterloo, would hide his forces on the far side of a hill or rise so that he could maneuver unseen, and ultimately conduct battle or ambush on his terms. If I didn't know better, I'd say the Duke was a turkey hunter.

It's a reasonable assumption. After all, reverse slopes provide the kind of tactical advantage that experienced turkey hunters look for - and for precisely the same reasons that endeared them to Wellington. Read more...

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I love it. I am relatively new to turkey hunting - but I have had this very same thing in mind for some of the gobblers around here.

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I inadvertently ended up on the "reverse slope" while trying to call in a Gobbler two years ago. There was an old jeep trail that ran along a very modest ridgeline and the gobbler I was calling began widely circling me. He went over the road and was down on the other side for quite awhile. Or so I thought. It was probably close to 30 minutes worth of calls and many gobbles back and I was trying to be patient but also was worried about the other hunters I had left down below in this public land area. I was afraid they would be honing in on the gobbling and show up at any moment. I made the decision to low crawl across this jeep trail before other hunters started showing up. Well, I got half way across the jeep trail doing a belly crawl and the Gobbler pops up on the road...from the side I was just departing! We looked at each other and he took flight as I tried to get to me knees and get a shot off. This was the first time I had encountered a Gobbler while hunting and I was so surprised at the events that unfolded, I forgot to even lead him as he took off into the mass of trees on the downside of the ridgeline...

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Reverse Slope Gobblers (feature article)

XPLSV, I like your signature line. My wife (not a scientist) said the same thing the other day ... maybe we're just in the tailing off from an ice age. I can say the same thing - but with 2000 x as many words.

Back to gobblers - gotta love it - or you'll hate it.

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Reverse Slope Gobblers (feature article)

where i hunt its all flat you cant sneek in on a turkey at all, i go sit down and start calling and hope there is a long berd who can here it, so far i'v filled the freezer with a jake, so now i can wait for a good tom to step in my sights, i am a pretty new turky hunter so i dont know all the right calls and paterns so if some one could give me some info that would be great,

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Reverse Slope Gobblers (feature article)

the turkeys that i hunt know this already. it could also be that they are smarter them me.
good luck
sean

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