Ten Turkey Hunting Tips
As spring turkey season approaches, turkey hunters are gearing up to start chasing longbeards. This is also the time when hunters should start mentally preparing to improve their chances of bagging an old tom. Here are ten turkey hunting tips to help you prepare for the upcoming turkey season.
- Turkeys have ultra-keen vision. Blending in with your surroundings is a necessity. Wearing full camouflage, including a face mask, can increase your chances of remaining hidden. It is also a great idea to hunt with a camouflage shotgun.
- When setting up, sit leaning against a tree to help break up your silhouette and for protection. Depending on whether you are left or right-handed, sit with your opposite shoulder pointed toward the direction of the turkey. This will offer greater versatility for a shot.
- Use the evening to locate turkeys. Listen for them cackling as they fly into the trees to roost.
- Turkeys will respond to most loud noises, including a crow call, coyote howl, or a honking horn. Locator calls can reveal the location of a tom allowing you to set up and use your turkey calls.
- Before dawn, slip into your hunting area and position yourself within 100 yards of the roosted turkeys. Move quietly and slowly to avoid alerting the turkeys. As daylight beings creeping in, give a few soft tree yelps. If a gobbler answers, read his response and adjust your calling. You want the tom to stay fired up, but you don’t want to over call him.
- Learn how to use a variety of turkey call types, including mouth calls, box calls, and friction calls. On any given day, one type of call may work better than the others. Versatility can add to your success.
- Use decoys to give the turkeys something to look at when they respond to your calls. A variety of decoys, such as jakes, hens, and gobblers, can attract some of the oldest toms. Decoy position should allow for an open shooting lane.
- Once bred, hens will nest during the morning. Toms will be searching for other hens. Adjust your tactics to take advantage of this time and hunt from mid-morning through the afternoon.
- Avoid wearing colors associated with a turkey. Blue, white and red are the colors of the head of a gobbler. Other hunters may mistakenly shoot you.
- When removing a turkey or turkey decoys from the woods, cover them with a blaze orange vest for safety.
Think ahead and enjoy your turkey season.