Has anybody gotten out after the turkeys yet? This is my first year turkey hunting. I went out Saturday afternoon with a buddy and found a bunch of tracks, but no birds were seen or heard. I'm hoping to get out again Saturday morning now that I know the lay of the land.
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Wed, 2014-04-16 09:33
Wed, 2014-04-16 10:18#1
I too will be going after
I too will be going after turkey for the first time this year. Good luck to you, and if you learn any good rookie secrets, let me know!!
Wed, 2014-04-16 22:19#2
I spoke to several hunters this weekend near Four Mile (E of Buena Vista), we saw no turkeys...but as far as I could tell they were spending all their time riding around on ATVs so not too surprising. They could have been using turkey hunting as an excuse to check out some elk habitat which was my main concern.
Fri, 2014-04-18 14:00#3
Hello, Are there turkeys in
Are there turkeys in this area for spring hunting? I have deer hunted there and have been thinking of seeing if there are turkey there for a spring hunt. I have been wondering about this area and really just any of the general area east of BV. There for sure are not in Fairplay where I live.
Fri, 2014-04-18 15:58#4
Seen quite a few. Have not really gone after them yet. Maybe 30 minutes worth. Had a Tom behind my buddys barn. Would of been 30 yd shot except it was Friday, the day before season. Passed a shot on a jake. I can't do too much yet as I just had fusion surgery 6 weeks ago. Saw 6 jakes and 9 hens on Sat. When I was leaving, I made a hen sound just with my mouth and one Gobbled behind the barn again. Was spitting moisture and wanted to get out of there because they forecast a bunch of snow. They got 18-20 inches. Mostly gone, then wed started raining and expected 10 inches. But it rained mostly and ended up with 3-4 inches of snow on grassy areas. Today I went out by my house just to scout. They Gobbled for 10 minutes early then shut up. Never saw them, but were on the wrong side of the river for me anyway. Flood screwed some stuff up I think. We will see. They are always on my side at some point. Rios! The others were Merriams up in the hills about 6200 feet down south.
Sun, 2014-04-27 09:54#5
You seeing any around Loveland? Everyone I know in Loveland says the river area is so blown out the birds have totally disappeared. The Platte and Poudre river bottoms have seemed pretty much the same to me, some sign but no birds seen or heard.
Starting to look like tag soup this year
Sun, 2014-04-20 20:31#6
I had my first morning
I had my first morning hunting trip today. I thought today would be good as I'm hunting public and figured there wouldn't be as many people. There were a few of us, but it was too packed by any means. Got there around 5 and started out towards the woods. Weren't there 10 minutes and I heard my first gobble! Took off in the direction it came from with hopes I could get there before the light got too bright. Luckily the moon was bright enough that I didn't need a headlamp. The turkey was consistently gobbling ever couple of minutes. I finally located where they were roosting and setup as close as I could. They were probably 100 yards onto private property, so I set up right on the edge of the public with hopes I could sweet talk them into flying down to my decoys. This is my first year turkey hunting, so I haven't exactly mastered my mouth call yet. I let out a couple yelps and the turkey kept gobbling back. Long story short, the turkeys flew down in the opposite direction and never were seen again. As soon as they hit the ground they never let out a single peep- no gobbles or yelps. I am happy that I finally found my first turkeys and came decently close to bagging one, hopefully I can figure enough out to get a bird before the season is over!
Sun, 2014-04-27 10:09#7
Probably the wrong call
If they stopped talking once they hit the ground it likely means you're hunting them after the harems have formed. During this time the dominant toms expect hens to come to him and your hen call would likely have drawn in a jake looking to slip a little nookie in on the big dog, if anything at all.
What the tom is doing at your spot is flying down and calling his ladies in as they fly off the roost and then as soon as they're all down, he shuts up and they head off for food/water.
You've definitely found their roost, so I would strongly suggest you get a good gobble call, I like the plain black Primos for about $15 or $20. Go back to your set and be seated and ready at least 15 minutes before first light. This will probably mean you're out 45 minutes or so before legal hours, and that's ok. Wait until you hear the tom gobble, gobble right back at him no more than two or three times, then go silent and start looking. What you're doing is telling him there's another badass in his territory and that will hopefully draw him over looking for the intruder. Expect to hear a growl when he gets close and sees a decoy.
With this tactic, consider your decoys very carefully. A single jake or tom decoy will be sufficient. A breeding pair would be ideal. I would not suggest any hen decoy that isn't a part of a breeding pair. The tom will be coming in looking for the intruder and a large number of decoys out will alert him to a problematic situation for him. And he will see them before you're aware of his presence, that is for sure.
Mon, 2014-04-28 14:24#8
Thank you very much for the
Thank you very much for the advice! I am currently hunting with the breeder pair. Using a gobble call never crossed my mind, but your advice makes sense! I'm hoping to get back out there this Saturday and hopefully will smack my first turkey.
Thu, 2014-04-24 21:31#9
A buddy and I hunted (scouted is more like it) Centennial Valley last weekend for a bit. Saw a fair amount of sign including the biggest tom track I've seen in some time. Didn't see or hear a single bird though. Did see and hear at least three other hunters. I've basically given up on that place due to pressure and the fact there seems to be no legal way to get on the back side, where the birds basically always are.
Fri, 2014-04-25 06:52#10
I'm heading out Saturday! I'm pumped. I've seen them strutting in the fields on my way to work. I hope they are still "dancing" tomorrow!