Have you ever experienced the feeling of bagging a turkey? Turkeys are found throughout the eastern and Midwestern United States, but just know, hunting turkeys isn’t easy! If you think you’re up for the challenge, read some of our tactics below:
- Scout Ahead – Before you go, scout out the area a few days in advance where you’ll be hunting. Be sure to be on the property at daybreak on a calm morning before you hunt. This will let you know where they roost since they usually roost in similar areas.
- Trace their Travel – Make sure you know the path of the Turkeys and where they travel throughout the day. If you know they roost in one spot and end up strutting and feeding in another, get in between the spots. It’s a lot easier to call a turkey in the direction it already wants to go.
- Offer Ample Space – Let them fly down and work to you by giving them some space. Bumping a turkey off the roost is not a good start to the morning.
- Be Comfortable – The more comfortable you are, the more still you can be. Sometimes you have to wait in one spot for a long time for the turkey to get close enough. Turkeys have great eyesight and can detect even the smallest movement. I personally believe HECS clothing helps hide some of those movements.
- Learn the Call – Practice, Practice, Practice. With all available videos about calling on Youtube, you should be able to learn to call. One often overlooked idea is to listen to real turkeys calling. There are plenty of wild hen videos on Youtube as well.
- Switch Your Spots – If you have a bird hung up and it won’t come any closer, try a calling from a different spot, but only if you can sneak away without getting busted.
- Embrace Bad Weather – Not always possible, but if there is a calm before the storm, it can be a great time to locate and harvest a turkey. If it is calm and thundering the turkeys will usually shock gobble at the thunder. Once it starts raining the turkeys usually get in a bad mood.
- Conceal Comprehensively – Never underestimate a turkey’s eyesight. No matter how far away you are, they will likely be able to see you, so it pays to cover as much of your body as possible. Face masks and gloves are important.
- Attack the Alpha Male – If you challenge the dominant turkey with a turkey fan or small strutter decoy, it may view you as a rival turkey and charge you. I don’t recommend this on public hunting land or anywhere close to other hunters for obvious safety reasons.
- Decoys – There are many decoy options. Sometimes big strutter decoys can keep a two-year-old gobbler just out of gun range. On the other hand, it can make an older tom run in to fight it. Hens are always a good option. Jake decoys and strutter decoys are great when used correctly.
Last but not least, the best way to enjoy the turkey hunt:
11. Bring company – Bring a child if you can! Nice calm spring mornings are a great way to introduce kids to the great outdoors.