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Turkey Hunting

The begginers Briefing

Turkey hunting is a unique beast. Although I am avid whitetail hunter, turkey hunting offers delicious meat and adventours hunts.   Better wear your broken in boots becuase these birds may have you crossing land to get to them more than once. When I was first being introduced I was educated on the technique of calling in my  tom first off . Later I came to realize that there was a flaw starting here. After a few failed attempts where I would walk and call, wait and listen. I began to talk to others and discuss why I could not seem to call in a bird. fast forwarding to now and after I  having scored my first spring bird, I can say my system is improving but not perfect. Often we may not know our terrain entirely. What are the obstacles that a turkey may have to cross in order to come in to the area containing the decoys? My first successful time I had visually seen a pair of Toms; I sealed my own fate by how I placed myself. I ended up going far out of range into a more difficult terrain trying to wrap around, resulting in no bird.  There are a couple different ways that I have found to assist with mapping. Google maps have been helpful. Of course for those able a good walk about, scout trip is just as efficient. Early morning of course being a prime time, with the hopes of hearing your prize toms come off the roost.

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NWTF 2018

  • Wild Turkey Population 2018 80.81% 80.81%
  • Wild Turkey Population 2016 79.81% 79.81%
  • Wild Turkey Population 2014 77.7% 77.7%
  • Wild Turkey Population 2012 75.63% 75.63%
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“If your meal makes a trip from the field to your table…you may be a sportswoman.”

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With a 360-degree monocular, periscopic field of vision, it’s important to remember placement when you do chose your location. Looking for a tree with larger base than your body in the absence of a blind or coverage.  I realized the true importance if full body coverage when I was successful in my first harvest. Full face as well as hand coverage is in fact necessary. With absolute ease in movements. Thankfully when it comes to turkey, the olfactory lobes, which facilitate smell, are poorly developed in these big birds. This lack of smell is a small benefit when turkey hunting. Vision and hearing are the key factors when facing the difficulty of turkey hunting.

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It’s just as important to properly place yourself, as it is to call and cover.  The best position that I have found to be in when coming in contact with a mature tom is hands down from the side when not in full strut. A straight on shot can also result in a damaged beard and ruined breast meat. Ideally you want to take a shot when the tom has came out of full-strut. To attempt to get bird to come out of full strut, a cut of cluck call can help make the bird interested and thus coming out of strut to discover where the call is coming from.  Turkey hunting has many aspects that make it very exciting to participate in. The adrenaline of first hearing a gobble to the moment you make visual confirmation. At the end of the day, this is one bird that you may never bring home even if you do see them. This is an aspect that make the quote “sick for it” so true. The longer you go without success, the more determined you become. Every day is another chance to improve and perfect ones efficiency. Know your terrain, get set and be patient!

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