Turkey Hunting

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First tip, scouting your hunting area 2-3 weeks before your hunting season. If you can try to make it outside until the sun increases, you may see the turkeys getting from the trees and see where they are heading and try to make it out when the birds are getting ready to roost. Watching the turkeys for these couple of weeks gives you the ideal spot to place your blind or where you want to sit down on the ground. Should you end up walking out to where you may want to sit make sure that you clear away all the branches and leaves, so when you do go out you won’t have all that sound.

Second tip, ensuring you are wearing the right clothing. Some people believe sitting in a blind means they can wear whatever dark clothes they want but that isn’t the case. You want to make certain you’re wearing the right camouflage which suits the foliage around you. When wearing dark clothing in the blind you create a shadow figure when you have the windows opened. I know some of you are thinking you do not have the windows wide open but even once you have them half way opened, there’s enough light to make a shadow of you and the turkeys can see that should they look into the blind. Plus wearing camouflage gives you the choice to hunt in the blind or on the ground.

Some hunters want the top of the line turkey decoys but you don’t need top of the line decoys, only ones that are realistic looking. Some might ask how many decoys would you set out, well that’s up to you. Some hunters will put out 2 to 4 hens with a jack decoy or a full strutting tom. Having a jack or tom decoy helps draw into a jack or tom as they don’t want that other bird getting the hens. But in the end putting out the turkey decoys how you want is what’s important.

Using the ideal turkey calls. There are 5 distinct kinds of turkey calls and they are the push button call, box call, friction/slate call, diaphragms/mouth telephone and locator. Push button calls create a sensible yelps, Wildlife Control New Smyrna Beach, clucks and purrs with an easy push of a button. Box calls are versatile, great sounding and relatively simple to use. Putts, purrs, clucks and yelps come to life with box calls. Friction/slate calls are known for their realistic high-pitched sounds which take well over space. Diaphragms/mouth calls allow hunters to generate soft clucks and purrs that can reach high frequencies. They serve as good long range calls. The locator call does exactly what the title says, it locates where the gobblers are. All these calls are good and will take some practice. But in the end you use what is going to work best for you.

Now that you’ve got the fundamentals for turkey hunting, get out there and start scouting and practicing on these calls. Turkey season will be here before you know it or is already going on. As always be safe and good luck.

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