Back in December I posted a thread asking about my gun and archery set up for my wife, 12 year daughter, and myself. I got some great input on the thread and I wanted to send out an update.
This past weeekend was the opener of the first general turkey season in Utah with the youth getting 3 days to hunt before everyone else so I took the 12 year old out to see if we couldn't get her a turkey.
Friday evening we got to camp and immediately went hunting. The turkeys were not where we had scouted them a few weeks earlier. We talked to a few people, checked several spots and set up to do some calling but we never saw or heard a turkey. Saturday morning, more of the same. Saturday evening we finally saw a hen in a tree. We moved over to the general area, set up and began to call but nothing answered or came to the calls. As we walked out of the area my dad said we spooked some birds right as we came out of the oak brush although I never saw them. Sunday yielded nothing but it snowed all morning long and we headed home after that.
Others in the area stated that in the first part of April the birds were talking up a storm but now they seem be as quiet as a field mouse. The weather was mostly bad. Lots of rain mixed with snow and it was pretty cold all weekend with times when the sun would shine for 30 minutes or so in between.
So here is my question. This is the only area I know very well in the turkey woods. Everywhere else that I have seen turkeys in the fall is covered in snow right now. Do I continue to work this area and if so how in the heck do I hunt it if the turkeys are quiet? Or is time to find a new area which will put me starting from scratch? And why were the birds so quiet? Weather?
The calling sequence we were doing started with a few yelps every 3 to 5 minutes with some cutting and purring in between here and there. We tried more frequent and less frequent sequences but again never got an answer.
Hunt goes through end of May. Thanks in advance for helping out a new turkey hunter and his girls.