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First turkey season, had fun today!

Postby lukea.becker » Sat Apr 09, 2011 2:12 pm

Hey guys, this is my first year really turkey hunting, but went out this morning with a friend who is also new to it and did not get one but had a lot of fun. Got out early and there were lots of owls hooting so I didnt even try using my call to locate birds. Heard one turkey gobble several hundred yards away so I started heading towards him and then I heard another one that was closer to me so I changed direction. I set up a jake and a hen decoy and got seated and did some really light calling and received gobbles but no bird showed up. Picked everything up and moved a couple hundred yards and tried again but no dice. Going to a new (hopefully much better spot) wednesday and thursday which should be fun. Just thought I'd share my first day, it was so cool hearing that gobbler this morning, cant wait to get back out there this week. I think maybe I should sit longer when I pick a spot but I wasnt sure how long to wait...I think we stayed at each spot for about 30 min. How long do you guys stay in one place? is it like deer hunting where you just wait a few hours? either way it was a good time though. Anyone else having any luck?
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Re: First turkey season, had fun today!

Postby Ichabod97 » Sat Apr 09, 2011 6:22 pm

i have a couple spots marked out on the lease i go to. I generally hit up one of those spots and set up my ground blind and hang out there for the day. I had 2 come in behind me on Friday, shot but missed. I think i misjudged the range. Either way i know next time to wait longer for them to come in closer. I think if i would have waited, i would have had a better shot. Plus the problem up at my lease is that the turkey's are very quiet. I have not heard a gobble yet, but i've had them just appear! Stealth turkey's i tell ya!
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Re: First turkey season, had fun today!

Postby pete/pmr » Sun Apr 10, 2011 6:31 am

If you have a bird gobbling and responding to your call,let him goggle two or three times ,before you call back to him,listen to the sound of the gobble,so you can tell if he is coming or going,moving,then decide to stick it out in the set up or move,if you cannot tell if he is coming or going,I would stay still,alot of times they shut up and come in,do alittle sneak and peak,and once they see the decoys,then they commit! But if it was me I would have stayed put for another hour! Also it depends on what time of the day it was,was it early, say 7am-9am? Was it later when he would be out searching for more hens? Usually a tom is with hens shortly after he flies down! But after about 2-3 hours,he will start gobbling again if he is not getting any hens to sit for him to breed,or he has already bred the hens he was with!And now is looking for more hens! He may have also been with hens when he gobbled to you,and decided not to leave them for you,because in nature the hen usually goes to the gobbler! So if he is with hens he will usually not leave them to come to you,he will gobble to let the hen know where he is and basically that is saying," we are over here", If he gobbles repeatedly to you then he is more than likely looking for hens! Some soft calls and then nothing,stay quiet,if he gobbles again after a little while, he is interested,turn away from him and call,so to the bird it sounds like you are going away from him,easier with mouth calls,this might fire him up to gobble more or come take a look,depending on how hot he is!? But stick it out alittle longer!Make sure your decoys are placed in a open area where the tom can spot them easily,and place yourself between the sound of the gobble and the decoys,you want him to focus on the decoys when he gets in close,not you,think triangle, gobbler and decoys on the same line piont to piont,you on the other piont,line to gobbler,line to decoy,and keep it about 25-30 yards from decoy! Good Luck and hope this helps!
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Re: First turkey season, had fun today!

Postby lukea.becker » Mon Apr 11, 2011 1:46 pm

awesome advice thanks a lot! I will be hitting it hard wednesday and thursday morning so I will let you know how it goes. It is a new spot that is all private and has no other hunters on it so I'm hoping that will up my chances. Thanks again for the tips, I will try that triangle idea out this week.

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Re: First turkey season, had fun today!

Postby kjm1022 » Wed Apr 13, 2011 1:48 pm

After hunting with a buddy for a season or two trying to learn the ropes of turkey hunting, I've learned to stay put. Some guys like to move around alot, as my buddy did. We saw lots of birds and got lots of gobbles but never had any success. We were also hunting public land where everyone else was doing the same thing. So now, I set up my tent blind on a field I know they will visit and sit there until the last minute. I either call in a bird or wait until someone to pushes one into me. :thumbsup:
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Re: First turkey season, had fun today!

Postby lukea.becker » Fri Apr 15, 2011 7:56 am

Well, after two days of hunting, still no turkey down but im getting closer!

DAY 1
Got to the spot late at night so I took a nap and headed out well-before first light. Wasnt sure where the birds were since I had never been there so I just started walking around listening for gobbles...and heard nothing... so as it started getting a little light out i walked into the woods off the path and just sat down with my decoys out. At about 630 the woods blew up and there were gobbles in every direction. I sat and called to the closest one and kept receiving gobbles but never saw a bird. Had a fox come in at about 20 yards but that was it. Walked around all morning after the gobbles stopped and couldnt find any of the birds. Walked back to the house and went out for some breakfast. when we got back from eating there was a big old gobbler walking along the far edge of the woods we could see from the house. I waited until he got into the timber and walked down the ridge and ran over and set up right behind him on a little clearing. I didnt have to call much and he turned right around and came back to the edge of the clearing. I could see his head at about 50 yards through some really thick brush but he wouldnt come any further (didnt have my decoy out) so i didnt take the shot. Then a hen down in the bottom started yelping and all hope was lost. He wandered away without a sound until I heard him gobble at the bottom of the ridge.

DAY 2
Got up and walked to the edge of the timber listening for gobbles and sure enough there was one straight out in front of me that I could hear in the thick fog, not to mention the 4 others I could hear in other directions. I walked down the ridge and across a creek and set up in what I thought was a good spot. After about an hour and a half all gobbles stopped and the woods fell very quiet. I got up and moved a few hundred yards away to a fairly open area in the timber and sat down against a fallen tree. Did some calling but didnt hear a thing. Decided to try sitting longer and be patient so I sat there for almost 3 hours. still nothing. that about ended my time to hunt since it was almost noon so i walked back to the house to hang some siding for the older guy who owned the place (gotta earn the hunting rights ya know?) and heard a gobble at about 1pm. Oh well, too late. Guess I'll have to go back at them again but it was a really fun couple of days. and I kind of wish i would have taken the shot at the one that came in to 50 yards haha.


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Re: First turkey season, had fun today!

Postby Pouledeau » Mon Apr 25, 2011 10:25 am

kjm1022 wrote:After hunting with a buddy for a season or two trying to learn the ropes of turkey hunting, I've learned to stay put. Some guys like to move around alot, as my buddy did. We saw lots of birds and got lots of gobbles but never had any success. We were also hunting public land where everyone else was doing the same thing. So now, I set up my tent blind on a field I know they will visit and sit there until the last minute. I either call in a bird or wait until someone to pushes one into me. :thumbsup:


This is really good advise on any land. A mature bird will often slink in well after your calling has stopped. Sitting tight will also allow you some quite time to plan your next move and listen for hens purring or the gobbler drumming - indicating whether he's been hen'd up or if he's super close and you just can't see him; a lot of times, especially with mature birds, if he thinks he's in range and the hen should come to him, he'll not "clam up" he'll just strut and drum to get his lady to commit. If he's drumming at 40 - 70 yards, you won't hear him ... if he's about to get into your lap, it'll sound like spit noise followed by a deep thump or electronic kick drum (like a far off low-rider in the ghetto).

Also, don't rely to heavily on decoys for turkey hunting, EVER ... it's not like duck hunting. Turkey are capable of critical thinking and will learn off of decoys much faster than ducks. With spring birds, there is a time and a place for decoys and it isn't EVERY hunt. Hen dekes are best used with a "half strut jake" decoy, hen's in the wild are very rarely alone ... plus that "jake" may be the "competition" you need to get that gobbler out of the woods and trashing your decoy while you get a bead on him.

Good luck ... ! Get some photos ... !
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