Turkey hants....

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Turkey hants....

Postby cut_un » Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:45 am

Picked up a piece (300 ac.) of property to spring turkey hunt on! Must admit, never spring hunted such a spot. The piece I can hunt is about 1/2 of a big woodlot. The woods are a mixture of wide open oaks& beech trees. It has very little ground cover. I'm talking oak & beach trees 2' at the butt. It does have a few ridges & flats.... The property looks like someone went thru with a tiller, scratching everywhere,old and new. Even flushed a hen on my last scouting trip. I'm more excited about the potential for a great fall turkey spot ...BUT, spring???? Most of my spring spots have been farms,having fields, edges,creeks, logging roads and openings. ALL hardwoods? :huh:
Don't know if it's a good thing ,or a bad thing....... The other half of this block has no hunting pressure.
IMy game plan is to get in early,go deep and set up on a flat and do a little cold calling. I'm thinking ,here in central Va. the turkeys may still be ganged up a bit and may just have a gang of hens feed by,dragging Mr. Big along behind em. The other thought is later in the season,when the hens are gone, the gobblers may travel thru looking for hens....
You thoughts on hunting BIG wood lots in the spring :huh: You guys hunt such spots in the spring??????
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Re: Turkey hants....

Postby TomKat » Tue Apr 05, 2011 7:55 am

Yes, dont let it mess with your head. Really like other turkey hunting, if they want to respond to the call they will. Hide best you can, sit still, and don't over call. Put the hen 30 yards in front of you. good luck!
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Re: Turkey hants....

Postby cut_un » Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:03 am

Hear ya, I'm more of a run & gun style of a turkey hunter, will be hard to sit and wait em out. I fully expect to hear a few,maybe off in a distance,will kill me not to be able to move on em. But, guess ya got to play the hand you are dealt. One thing, I'll see em coming form a long ways out,plus,like you said, they will/can zero in on my dekes :yes:
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Re: Turkey hants....

Postby lukea.becker » Tue Apr 05, 2011 11:11 am

ill be hunting central va next week on thusday and friday, cant wait. good luck to you hope you get em.
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Re: Turkey hants....

Postby cut_un » Tue Apr 05, 2011 12:57 pm

Turkeys are rocking dude, watch out, ya may get ran over next week!
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Re: Turkey hants....

Postby lukea.becker » Tue Apr 05, 2011 7:57 pm

that is some awesome news man. cant wait to get after em.
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Re: Turkey hants....

Postby pete/pmr » Thu Apr 07, 2011 8:24 pm

Open hardwoods......Okay my suggestion is sit up in the woods if you can find the time,about an hour before dark,just to listen....Roosting ..........now figure out as best you can to where the bird is roosted........then the next morning sneak in and just sit down nice an still,close enough to see where he is roosted,depending on how open the woods are,...this lets you know where he fly's down too,....now if he flies down and starts working back up,this is not the best thing,but it does give you that opening to set up above his roost,then when he flies down,move as close to the roost tree as you can, set up you decoy,and do alittle clucking,he should be right back up there shortly!

If he flies down and starts working paralel of the ridge,you know what you need to do then,set up about a hundred yards (or as close as you can safely without spooking him off the roost,and in the dark,no flashlights) to his roost tree in the direction he headed,soft clucks and a decoy up above your position,will keep him headed your way and looking up the hill,be down hill and closer to the roost tree than the decoy! It works for me up here in Vermont,wide open hardwoods! We got oaks and beeches and maples! And they love roosting in those big oaks up on the ridges! Or the spruce trees on the top of the ledges where they can see for great distances and glide down into the oaks where the hens will be scratching for nuts! :thumbsup:
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Re: Turkey hants....

Postby A-Bomb » Thu Apr 28, 2011 1:53 pm

I love big woods hunting. With little ground cover your gonna have to use the terrain to move on them. So, sounds like the valleys are gonna be your friend along with a good set of binos and some crawling. I wouldnt approach it any different than any other turkey hunt. Figure out where they roost and where they go and set up early to intercept them.
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