Heinrix_54ParticipantMarch 13, 2014 at 3:09 pmPost count: 5591
If you were to give a fellow turkey hunter one piece of advice, what would it be? There’s plenty of advice to be shared, let’s add to the list as we go along!
1. Scout with a purpose â€” Finding turkeys is one thing, but when you’re scouting you need to take several things into account. Where is the roost? Where is the fly-down area? Where’s the strut zone? Where do they feed? Where do they go in inclement weather? Is there a funnel along their path from roost to strut to feed? Is there anything that could potentially force them to hang up (creek, fence, etc.)? How many birds in the flock? What is tom-jake-hen ratio? How aggressive are they? Etc.
The more factors you take into consideration and analyze during scouting, the easier it is to make decisions before and during the hunt. I’ve found it’s especially helpful when your initial set-up fails and you need to make a snap judgement on whether to stay or move, when to move, how to move and where to move to.MisterTwoFortyParticipantMarch 13, 2014 at 3:13 pmPost count: 1380
Don’t try sneaking up on ‘gobbling’ birds or hen noises on public land. Chances are it’s another hunter.TeamAsgrowParticipantMarch 13, 2014 at 4:23 pmPost count: 9152
Learn how to operate the safety on your firearmholdemParticipantMarch 13, 2014 at 4:28 pmPost count: 1087
Be patient. When you think you’ve waited long enough for the bird too come in… wait 15 more minutes.IowaDuckHunterParticipantMarch 13, 2014 at 4:37 pmPost count: 843
Quote by: holdem
Be patient. When you think you’ve waited long enough for the bird too come in… wait 15 more minutes.
and after you have waited the extra 15 minutes, turn and look 360 degrees around you. Chances are the tom is coming for an entirely different direction, then wait another 15.
IowaDuckHunterscouterParticipantMarch 13, 2014 at 4:46 pmPost count: 781
Avoid shooting a tom in full strut. And try not to over call.StizosParticipantMarch 13, 2014 at 5:30 pmPost count: 378
Don’t believe everything that you see on TV. It’s not as easy as they make it look.oldstylelightParticipantMarch 13, 2014 at 6:07 pmPost count: 1943
bring a grocery sack for mushrooms, and a camera for when you get bored of sitting up against a tree.HomerjParticipantMarch 13, 2014 at 6:27 pmPost count: 522
Don’t forget to keep TP on your possesion, and beer in the vehicle for after.plumbgrannyParticipantMarch 13, 2014 at 6:39 pmPost count: 265
Don’t over analyze the situation. You’ll out think yourself.DeadBirdParticipantMarch 13, 2014 at 6:40 pmPost count: 1497
When that morning comes where you want to sleep in, and it will, ya know, it’s cold, windy, your hung over – whatever the reason your brain is telling you to stay home – DONT EVER DO IT! That is always the day you will bag your bird.TeamAsgrowParticipantMarch 13, 2014 at 6:54 pmPost count: 9152
Quote by: DeadBird
When that morning comes where you want to sleep in, and it will, ya know, it’s cold, windy, your hung over – whatever the reason your brain is telling you to stay home – DONT EVER DO IT! That is always the day you will bag your bird.
On that same line…those days you dont roll out of bed until 9 or 10, dont assume the day is wasted. Go find a hot bird and shoot him!crowslayer17ParticipantMarch 13, 2014 at 7:54 pmPost count: 780
TP already mentioned, but very important.
Wear the right clothes and seat cushion/stool so you are comfortable, it will help you sit motionless for a longer time.
Bug spray or Thermacell.DaverParticipantMarch 13, 2014 at 8:16 pmPost count: 404
One gobble at 10:00A, or later, is worth 100 gobbles from the roost. If a bird gobbles later in the morning, like after 10:00A, he is almost always callable/killable v. a blabbermouth on the roost that is going gobble and strut on his branch until there are hens below him and then will fly down and wander off with the real thing instead of coming through the timber to a call(you).
That 10:00A bird may only gobble once or twice, or not all, on his way in, but I have killed A LOT of turkeys between 10:00A and 12:00P. Since late morning birds do not gobble as much, or at all, when coming to a call, many inexperienced hunters mistakenly think he isn’t coming and give up and/or move way too soon.
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