Turkey hunting tips.

Discussion in 'Turkey Hunting General' started by Chad, Feb 18, 2006.

  1. Now dont even start this topic is for real.

    theres been alot of questions asked here lately so lets start a list. If everyone w ill list one good tip we can get a kind of imformational topic here. So if you want to just list one tip and try not to repeat what has already been posted. And try to list the one most important tip you cant learn on a video. Lets list some things we have learned the hard way.

    Ill start:


    When working a gobbler that wont come to a call stop calling and relocate in front of him and dont call. Set up and be ready. Scratch in the leaves to simulate hens feeding and throw in a few feeding clucks if you want. Old dominate toms will come in to this setup alot easier sometimes. They realize that the hens are not interested in him and are not gonna come to him. So he will come to investigate. A couple hen decoys work really good in this situation.Ive called in several old call shy gobblers using this technique. i hope it works for you this spring.


    chad
     
  2. Bowpredator

    Bowpredator New Member

    Jul 24, 2003
    Licking Missouri
    Early in the season when the birds are still grouped up, if you are not having any luck pulling a tom out of the group, as a last resort, simulate a fight by using fighting purs and raking leaves loudly. Keep up the fighting sounds as long as possible without getting busted cause if you quit as soon as you see one heading your way, they might not come all the way in. I've pulled half of the group over to me using this fall tactic in the spring when nothing else would work.
     

  3. PMan

    PMan Retired

    Dec 3, 2002
    Dont even think about getting up and moving until 45 min after your last call----------I have spooked way to many birds that were coming in by moving to quick!:cheers:
     
  4. semohuntingguy

    semohuntingguy New Member

    Nov 2, 2005
    southeast mo.
    use camo head to toe and throw in a few keekees that sounds it might be young hens. Use the terrian to your advantage knowing the land is a must.
     
  5. rat

    rat Legbone

    Dec 13, 2005
    Thanks for this post Rock.

    Im a rook at this stuff and I will be watching this thread closely cause I intend to get serious about t-hunting this spring.

    I would also like to know if and how things change when you are using a ground blind. I'm gonna try to arrow one this year.
     
  6. Rat theres nothing like spring birds.And im gonna try the ground bling this year for the first time. But not with a bow. Just thought this would be a good way to just gather everyones best tips and get them out here for the guys who are trying to get a foot up with just videos. Hope it helps.
    Id say your best bet on learning about bowhunting them from the ground is if you havent already call double bull and get a copy of there free video. Its got a lot of ground hunting on it.

    chad
     
  7. rat

    rat Legbone

    Dec 13, 2005
    Well... I was thinking groundblind strictly for bowhunting but any legal advantage I can get, I will! I intend to gun hunt also. I really just want to get busy with it this year knowutimean?

    I know that there are some purists that will may prolly say ground blinds are close to cheating hehe
     
  8. rat

    rat Legbone

    Dec 13, 2005
    Oh sorry. thanks for the double bull video tip. I'll get one.... didnt know it existed.
     
  9. Ive got a big pop-up but have been thinking about getting one of the little roll ups for running and gunnin. I have a tendency to get caught moving my gun on birds. But dont we all.

    chad:smiley:
     
  10. PMan

    PMan Retired

    Dec 3, 2002
    Another tip I learned the hard way---------

    Make sure you apply cameo paint to your eye-lids as well as your ear lobes-------If you dont its like a little strobe light to Turkeys when you blink or move!:cheers:
     
  11. rat

    rat Legbone

    Dec 13, 2005
    We bought some nice popups last fall and I really likem.

    :smiley:
     
  12. mrclean

    mrclean New Member

    116
    Nov 30, 2005
    Harrisburg
    I'm a fairly aggressive hunter. A key piece of advice for my kind of hunting is the timing of my movements. One thing I tell people is after you get set up and you sense a bird is coming in, get yourself in position for the bird immediately. Don't postpone your movements. Don't wait until you see the bird or hear exactly where the bird is, because then it's often too late. Make your move (facing the bird or whatever) and make it quick, and trust your insticts early in the game.
     
  13. FiremanBrad

    FiremanBrad New Member

    Know the terrain where you are hunting...if that big Tom gives you the slip, and follows those hens in the other direction, knowing your hunting ground well, can help you put a move on the flock, to get ahead of them, and possibly be where they want to go...and we all know what that means!!! I would also add, new hunters probably tend to call too much...tryin to get a bird to hammer back...call sparingly, and have patience, you'll kill more birds!!!
     
  14. rat

    rat Legbone

    Dec 13, 2005
    I like it! Keep em coming...

    You guys have to help me kill a couple this year. I have been dreaming about it regularly and its driving me crazy...
     
  15. Gamegetter

    Gamegetter Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2004
    There are many that haven't been said yet...

    Set uphill of the bird you are working and try to make sure there are no obstructions (fence - especially woven wire, brushpiles, streams) in between you and the bird.
     
  16. FiremanBrad

    FiremanBrad New Member

    If you're hunting with a partner, sometimes it works to have a shooter and a caller....have the caller set behind the shooter 20-30 yds, opposite of where you think the turkey will come in...that way, when the bird gets in "danger close", he'll be focused on the caller, farther back, than on the shooter...When the birds are working, gobbling to calls, this works awesome!!!
     
  17. coyotekilller

    coyotekilller New Member

    421
    Dec 18, 2005
    Eastern Kansas
    if you dont know much about turkey hunting read this stuff.....like me:eek:
     
  18. Lefty

    Lefty New Member

    Jun 29, 2004
    MO
    Same here bud! :cheers:
     
  19. Bowpredator

    Bowpredator New Member

    Jul 24, 2003
    Licking Missouri
    Be aggressive on your locator calls. Many times, a tom wont respond to a weak and pathetic sounding crow or owl even if they are closeby but if the owl or crow is really loud and agressive it will usually set the tom off. When moving from one location to another, hit your locator call every 100yds or so in case you are coming up on a tom. ALWAYS hit your locator before topping a hill, rounding a curve on a trail, or entering a field/clearing.
     
  20. Gamegetter

    Gamegetter Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2004
    #1 be where they want to be. A good spot beats good calling, hands down.