Being just a novice at turkey hunting, I have a question for you more experienced turkey hunters. When you are sitting in your spot with decoys inplace and calls ready how long do you stay there? If you hear gobbling but can't seem to call any in, do you move and try and get closer to the gobbling or do you just wait it out and hope they eventually come to you?
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Thu, 2011-03-24 01:24
Which do you do more often?
Fri, 2011-03-25 10:04#1
Well, for me I find the spots
Well, for me I find the spots that they're coming out in early mornings on a regular basis during my scouting. Then I'll set up on opening day prelight and wait them out, they will show up sooner or later or always have. Thats how I got my spring double which I posted. Works for me anyway, Best of luck to you.
Fri, 2011-03-25 10:16#2
I'm not patient enough to wait for them! Go get them. Just make sure that no one thinks YOU are a turkey!
Fri, 2011-03-25 12:27#3
The best way is to try and
The best way is to try and roost a bird the night before and then slip in well before daylight and set up a distance from his roost. I seldom use decoys and would rather make him come in close looking for the hen (me calling). If you don't roost one the night before, then you should at least have an idea from previous scouting as to where they roost and try to do the same thing. If a bird really hangs up and absolutely won't come in, there are two ways to handle it. Stay there and just call softly once in a while and sooner or later he will probably come back after he breeds the hens he is probably already with. If you start moving trying to cut the distance you need to make sure there is enough cover and you are aware of everything going on around you for safety and that he isn't slipping in silent. A lot of times I don't go out until midmorning and just slip around calling until I get a response and then set up, but it is mostly on private property where nobody else has access to. I am very careful if I do it on public land and try to make sure there are no vehicles within a couple miles of where I park and go in. I kill a longbeard pretty much every year here in MIchigan and have also taken several Rios down in Texas and Merriams out in the Black Hills of South Dakota. One important thing that a lot of novices do is overcalling. Once a bird responds to your calls he knows where you are and you don't need to do much more than just a little bit to keep him interested if he hangs up. If that happens, a lot of times if you turn and face away when you call and do it softly he will think the hen is leaving and come on in for a shot. That's also a good way to handle call shy ones if you have a partner and can let the caller get back 50-60 yards from the shooter to get a bird on in close enough to the shooter. It works the same way calling bugling bulls in the rut too! I really look forward to Spring turkey hunting at this stage of my life more than deer hunting with the interaction you can have with them. This picture is the best one I have ever taken and it's an eastern I got in 2006. His fan spread is 31" and is 19" high, with a 10 1/2" paintbrush beard and 1 1/2" sharp spurs. He was just under 24# on a certified grocery store scale and I doubt I'll ever kill one better, but I'll have fun trying!!!
Fri, 2011-03-25 15:17#4
Thanks for the tips guys. If
Thanks for the tips guys. If you have any other tips on turkey hunting I'm sure they will be helpful. Keep them coming.
Mon, 2011-03-28 16:50#5
I run and gun... no question
I run and gun... no question about it. But that's just my style. I know just as many people who have success out here in CO by just playing one set up. I backpack in though and am usually going in blind. Looks like I'll be going in 8 miles this year! Good thing I love hunting turkeys.
Tue, 2011-03-29 13:08#6
Hawkeye....... You pack in 8
Hawkeye....... You pack in 8 miles for turkey hunting?? I drive 8 miles then walk across the field to my spot at the edge of the woods,lol You REALLY gotta be a dedicated turkey hunter for that.