Need To Know: Turkey Hunting

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First tip, scouting your hunting area 2-3 weeks before your hunting season. If you can try to make it out until the sun increases, you can see the turkeys getting from the trees and see where they are heading and try to make it out as soon as the birds are getting ready to roost. Watching the turkeys for these few weeks gives you the ideal spot to put your blind or in which you want to sit down on the ground. If you do end up walking out to where you might want to sit make certain to clear away all the branches and leaves, so when you do go out you won’t have all that noise. Read what he said!!

Second tip, ensuring you are wearing the correct clothing. Some people think sitting in a blind means they can wear whatever dark clothes they want but that is not the case. You want to make sure you’re wearing the ideal camouflage that suits the foliage around you. When wearing dark clothing from the blind you create a shadow figure whenever you have the windows opened. I know some of you are thinking you don’t have the windows wide open but even when you have them half way opened, there is enough light to create a shadow of you and the turkeys can see that should they look into the blind. Plus wearing camouflage provides you the choice to hunt at the blind or on the ground.

Some hunters want the top of the line turkey decoys but you do not want top of the line decoys, only ones that are realistic looking. Some might ask how many decoys would you put out, well that’s up to you. Some hunters will put out 2 to 4 hens using a jack decoy or a full strutting tom. Using a jack or tom decoy helps draw into a jack or tom as they don’t need that other bird getting the hens. But ultimately putting out the turkey decoys how you want is what’s important.

The final tip. Using the ideal turkey calls. There are 5 distinct kinds of turkey calls and they’re the push button call, box telephone, friction/slate telephone, diaphragms/mouth call and locator. Push button calls make a realistic yelps, clucks and purrs with a simple push of a button. Box calls are versatile, great sounding and comparatively easy to use. Friction/slate calls are known for their realistic high-pitched sounds which carry well over space. Diaphragms/mouth calls allow hunters to generate soft clucks and purrs that can reach high frequencies. They serve as good long range calls. The locator call does exactly what the title says, it finds where the gobblers are. All these calls are good and will take some practice. But in the end you use what is going to work best for you.

Now that you have the fundamentals for turkey hunting, get out there and begin scouting and practicing on those calls. As always be safe and best of luck.

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