Spring Turkey Hunting Tactics
Turkey hunting has exploded in popularity in the last 40 years and so has the turkey population. This sport is one of the most challenging and rewarding hunts there is and there is certainly never a dull moment. While turkeys will win more often than not, there are some spring turkey hunting tactics that can improve your chances.
Trial and Error
Turkey hunting expertise comes in the form of trial and error. You’re going to mess up but you can succeed. If you’re running and gunning, it makes sense to call and stop every so often and wait for a response. If you hear one, sit down and call and see if it comes in, this has led to many beards in the dirt for me.
Run and Gun
If the turkey you hear is far away and you don’t get it close to you or it quiets up, you’re going to have to move. Now, there are times when the gobbler could have snuck in, but unless you’re planning on waiting for hours, moving is a chance that you’ll have to take.
Scout and Shoot
One of the best tactics is your knowledge of the area and the birds there. Scouting can make a short turkey hunt. If you know where turkeys are roosting and can set up within 100 yards of them before light, then you can shoot one. When the birds gobble in the roost before they fly down give a few short hen calls. This will let the turkeys know where you’re at and give them a direction to go to when they fly down.
Setting up in a field or on the edge of an open area in a turkey tent (blind) can work, especially for those who don’t want to walk or with youngsters. Bow hunters typically prefer this as well since they can draw back without being seen. Scouting is very important if you’re going to commit to a spot, so make sure that you know where the birds are roosting or where they are feeding so that you know where to put the tent and what time to get in it.
The best turkey hunting tactic is perseverance. You’re going to fail but if you keep at it, you’ll be sure to be successful.
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