defensefirst wrote:My sons and I have always duck hunted. Now they want to start turkey hunting. I have a few questions that I need help on.
Choke- do you want it tight(Full) or spread open?
Calling-do you call the bird into you or are you locating the bird and going to them?
Decoys- are they effective?
Thanks for any help.
Welcome to the great sport of turkey hunting. As stated make sure you have PATIENCE above all else. The smart and elusive male turkey is a worhty adversary.
Next the sport is not expensive as you would think. You can be well equiped for a fraction of duck hunting gear.
Chokes- Yes you will want a full, extra full, or a extra extra full. I use a Pure Gold Turkey Choke and shot Heavy Shot #5s. The Heavy Shot does not kick nearly as bad as copper plated shot. Trust me on this one.
Also you will need a good set of fully adjustable sights. I recommend Williams Fire sight. Best out there but not the most expensive. The last thing you want to do is either wound a bird or miss when the moment comes.
Calls- You will need different types of calls. First you need locator calls. I recommend a Owl hooter, Palmers Hoot tube, crow, and a wood pecker call. You will blow these attempting to get the bird to shock gobble and give away his location. They work best in the morning and evening.
Once the bird is located attempt to get within 100 yards of him. GO SLOW!!!! They have excellant eye sight and hearing. When your ready you will need actual turkey calls. For a beginer I would look at a box call, or a push-button call. Many birds have fallen to these over the years. Also consider a pot call and mouth calls. I strickly use pot calls and mouth calls if possible. But have the other calls at hand if need be.
Basically you locate the bird, move in as close as you can and call him to you. It will take a LONG time to know when to call, volume and how much. All depends on the response you are getting.
Decoys- They are both good and bad. I typicaly place out 1 hen and 1 jake in dense woods. In fields I use 1 jake, 1 feeding hen, 1 semi erect hen and one full erect. I give off the impression of a flock of hens being courted by a jake. ALWAYS face the jake toward you within 30 yards and the hens facing away from you. A gobbler will come in and go beak to beak with the jake or to the back of a hen decoy.
The best thing I can tell you is to pattern your shotgun. Make sure you are dead on. No Kentucky windage or quessdamation shooting. Aim at where the red conicals are located on the neck. This way you cover ALL of the kill zone. Wear GREAT camo and be still.
BEst of luck to you sir. Try not to go crazy trying to get in a gobblers head
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