Turkey Hunting Tips You Can Use

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Wild turkey are very paranoid, so technically it is very easy to lure a turkey to enter your shooting range it easy. When you actually try to do it, you can encounter some difficulties. It is important that you follow certain tips to really catch them.

Hunting turkey during the spring can be a bit of a challenge and they can arrive from different places. This causes the daily behavior of turkey to change, which makes it unpredictable.

Every year, turkey will come to the same spot that they are comfortable in. Turkey will always leave a mess wherever they are, which benefits hunters because they can easily trace them. Here are some tips you can use:

Turkey calling

Hunters use turkey locators to draw in the male because they get shocked whenever they hear a loud sound. This will give the turkey’s location away to hunters and they mark the spot. Hunters use a crow or barred owl as locators. Turkey vocalizations are also wise use for finding turkey and excited yelling also attracts them, so make sure you are ready when they get close.

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  • Mouth calls – These are turkey mouth call diaphragms that are being made using stretched latex rubber across a frame that is horseshoe-shaped and at the center of a plastic skirt. This works by blowing air into the latex reed to make sounds that imitate a turkey. They are inexpensive and they are usually called a diaphragm and you don’t need to hold them while using it. Since they only weight a few ounces, you hide them inside your mouth.
  • Pot and peg calls – It has a striking surface that is attached to a hollow pot. They are usually made with drill holes underneath so that it can make a sound that resonates with an inner chamber and a peg to form this piece that needs to be held. The surface materials are slate, aluminum and glass. The material of the pegs is wood, plastic, carbon, glass and also a turkey wing bone.
  • Box calls- A lot of this is made of wood and when you scrape the bottom which is done against the lip of the side panel. The hollow chamber that is found inside the narrow and rectangular box produces a sound, which wild turkey love to hear.

When you should hunt

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The perfect time for hunting is when it is open season, but all times of legal hooting hours can be an opportunity. During the morning, turkey make a sound to make hens aware of their position.

There is a tendency that turkey will move to a location during the daytime when turkey is around and hens lurk the area to eat.

The later times of the morning, when the hens are nesting, a male turkey has the tendency to look for company in this area. You can try calling the turkey to move closer to you.

When afternoon comes, a lot of them that are in shaded areas will start to eat when daylight starts to go away. It will be a good idea to position yourself where turkeys have been, you will most likely catch one.

If you have no luck, go out again and study the pattern of birds that are not under pressure to find out their daily movements. Make sure that you are setting up in a reliable path and use a blind if this will help you spend more time on the spot.

Go with the weather

This is usually a very big influence on your success in hunting for turkey because it impacts the behavior of the turkey.

Fog can make the turkey go to the roosting spot at a later time of the day and when there is extreme heat, midday birds spend time in areas that are shaded and close to water.

When there is heavy snow during the spring, it keeps the turkey from their regular patterns and strutting grounds.

When the morning is calm and the sun is bright, turkey will roost and you can easily catch one. This is a very pleasant morning for hunting.

You can still have a little challenge even if the weather is great when hens are still nesting around the area. Gobbling is going to draw in female turkey towards male turkey roosting ground. They will then move away from the area together and you won’t have a clue why.

Make a decoy

When your calling already worked, it is time to make a decoy.

  • If you are in a ranch or farm country, turkey and hen can see very far. Spreading turkey flakes can pull them in.
  • Hunting in a swamp requires you to use dry land decoy to set bottlenecks and lanes for travel that go between water tree roots because this is going to attract turkey. Make sure that you are right there, ready and waiting for them.
  • Knowing where they strut is important. Once you already know, you need to put a lot of dekes to cover it up. You are going to have turkey coming at you and prepare yourself.

Try anytime

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Since it is spring, the weather is going to constantly change. Waiting for the perfect day to go hunting is not advisable. Do not think that you will not have any chance if the weather is not favorable to you because you never really know when you are going to see a turkey come.

Get out there and hunt for turkey with more patience and do not expect that it is going to be easier than usual.

Always be ready because they can come anytime and since you can’t hunt all day because of the weather, take advantage of any chance you get.

These are turkey hunting tips you can use, especially if you are a first timer in hunting turkey during spring. You will find the challenge fun and exciting. Always open your mind to possibilities because they will eventually come.

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