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03 Feb '18

Turkey Hunting Tips

Posted by S. Sosa

Turkey hunting may be very easy or a big problem depending of hunter's behaviours, moreover, for the same hunter things can be dramatically different from one year to other, because of weather conditions, hunting area and so on; so turkey hunting is never the same, leading to big emotion and excitement year after year.

The season may vary from state to state but by February, towards winter ends, it's possible to begin the pre-season scouting in order to locate flocks. Try different days, at different hours, locating food sources and trails where the birds are moving; once you have located the general area where the flock is, half the job has been done and you will need to focus on individuals.

Try to set motion activated cameras on the main trails as well near feeding areas, that will allow you to determine where there are more possibilities to haveTurkey hunting season begins at spring success; then set your blind according to the recorded information.

After pre-season scouting you will know where and when to hunt those turkeys once the season begins and even when it's not essential, a blind will give you an edge covering your movements and blocking your scent; that's particular useful when bow hunting even when it's good to count with a blind also hunting with a gunshot.

Once your blind is set or your shooting spot has been decided, it's time to place decoys. If you are bow hunting decoys should not be more than 10-12 feet far from your position to assure you a clear shot, instead if you are hunting with fire guns, it's better to place decoys a little far.

Now, you only have to wait, but not simply sitting there waiting for a turkey to show on; instead you will need to master the art of turkey calls. What you need is the ability to reproduce the sounds of a lonely turkey hen in order to catch a gobbler's interest; once you achieve it, everything else is just aim and shoot.

But let's be realistic; if you have never made turkey calls before, you will need a lot of practice at home before the season begins and later on the field, you will need many calls attempts to properly meet the sound you need to attract gobblers.

At the end of the day, most of the success is assay/mistake related, making of this hunting one of the most exciting experiences as an outdoors man.

 


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