trust me, you dont wanna give up. turkey hunting is some of the funeset hunitng there is. i hunt over in kalamazoo MI and its the same way. kind of. you hear them gobbling, but they are up in their roost. when they hit the ground, they shut up. its all a matter of sitting and waiting. the more hours you spend in the woods/field, the better your chances are. If there are turkeys there, like you say there are, you have a chance of shooting one.
i have gone with out a bird my first few years of hunting them.I learned the things i was doing wrong. it takes practice. and it takes alot of patience. Try doing different things, like if your hunting in the woods, try hunting on the edge of a field. I have found that the turkeys act differnt in the different seasons, as far as answering your calls. you can learn alot on these forums. The main thing is patience though, i cant stress that enough.
the couple years, we havent been seing alot of turkeys out of either one of our farms. My dad has gone 2 years with out shooting anything, and he was barely seing anything. last year the turkeys werent responding to the calls like the have in the past. i had to take a tom at 60 yards (yes, 60 yards, too long of a shot), but i ended up knocking him flat on his butt. This weekend, we were out and we could hear them in the morning (over 20 different birds) up in their roosts. we werent seing anything. my dad ended up shooting a double 9inch bearded tom with inch and a quarter spurrs. it was just wondering around the woods, didnt answer calls or anything, just came walking by. Today, i was getting very frustrated after 2 weekends of not seeing very much and i was about to give up. i went back to the house, and decided it wasnt a good idea to quit. i went back out and not 5 minuits ater sitting against a tree, 2 jakes came by and i got one of them.
your time is comming. just try to scout the area out, learn what their doing. go out in the morning and listen to them in their roost if you can. study what they sound like. just try different things, mix it up a little bit. talk to other hunters. maybe one of them will take you out and show you the how to's.
i know it is frustrating but just dont give up!
remember, patience is the key.
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