5 replies [Last post]
arrowflipper's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Joined: 01/03/2011
Posts: 579
When to Hunt

When I first started turkey hunting, I thought I HAD to be in position long before daylight.  I drove to my area, hiked in and was sitting down at least 45 minutes before daylight.  I listened to the turkeys as they woke up and I listened to them as they flew down.  Then I most often would watch them walk away from me, either feeding or chasing hens.

So I was then sure, the best time to hunt was late in the afternoon, just before dark.  I tried to ambush them as they were heading to the roost.  Sure, it worked a few times, but if I didn't pick the right spot, I never saw them.

Then by accident, I started hunting late in the morning or very early in the afternoon.  I was more or less just taking up time till the evening hunt.  And to do so, I clucked a few times and sat and enjoyed some sunshine.  BUT, low and behold, here came a tom.  Wow!  I tried this a few times and I've found that I can call in more toms in the late morning and early afternoon than any other time.

What have you found to be the best time???

Offline
Location: Northern California
Joined: 10/09/2010
Posts: 36
1:00

This years one so far was at 1:00 pm.

PreviewAttachmentSize
100_2233.JPG
100_2233.JPG1.09 MB
Ca_Vermonster's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!Moderator
Location: San Diego, CA
Joined: 07/27/2007
Posts: 5728
Well, I have never shot one,

Well, I have never shot one, but I have hunted them for 4 years, and seen my fair share.

What I have found, is that you will see them almost all day long.  The only problem with waiting till later in the day is that they become way less vocal.

In the morning, they will answer your call very aggressively.  In the later part, the birds will do sneak attacks.  You will gobble, and wait, gobble, and wait.  Then, you get up to leave, and all of a sudden, a bird that you never had snuck in, and is now running for the hills.... lol

Not that I have ever had that happen to me.... Whistling

groovy mike's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Joined: 03/19/2009
Posts: 2484
In New York

Thirty years ago turkeys were somewhat rare in New York.  Eventually they were present in sufficient numbers to support a limited huntingh season.  Today we have turkeys aplenty, but legal hunting hours are still limited to sunrise through noon. 

So - we don't have an afternoon or evening hunt option :(

 

Ca_Vermonster's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!Moderator
Location: San Diego, CA
Joined: 07/27/2007
Posts: 5728
We have the afternoon, but

We have the afternoon, but have to stop at 4:00 PM.  That leaves out the evening hunt. 

Not sure how I feel about it.  I guess I don't mind too much, cause I wouldn't want guys shooting them off the roost if they fly up early.

arrowflipper's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Joined: 01/03/2011
Posts: 579
I agree 'monster

I agree with you totally vermonster.  I have had many opportunities to shoot toms off the roost both in the morning and in the evening.  That just isn't my bag.  But other than that, let me sneek up them, ambush them while moving to or from eathing, call them in, sneak up them while mating or just bump into some on the side of the road.... they better watch out.

I was really surprised to hear that some states end early, like noon.  That cuts out half your hunting day.  We can shoot them until legal light at the end of the day.  The same legal light as with deer or elk.  It gives you a very fun afternoon/evening hunt.  If you have done your homework, you can intercept them on their way to the roost.

That brings up an interesting point.... most birds we think it's only sporting to shoot on the wing.  Turkeys we shoot on the ground.  They are a tough bird to bring down from the air.  And we don't find it sporting to shoot them out of their bed.  So lets just shoot the guys while they're walking about.

Related Forum Threads You Might Like

ThreadThread StarterRepliesLast Updated
Colorado Archery Elk Hunt!huntquest006/03/2008 22:10 pm
Oct. 15th hunt or Rut Hunttaylor558703/16/2006 05:59 am
1st Elk Hunt w/ sonRobert Woody303/17/2008 16:37 pm
Illinois trophy deer hunts.trophyhunter1008/12/2012 11:08 am
Help with upcomming hunt in NMnt7332307/22/2009 07:59 am