Whether you’re turkey hunting for the first time or are a seasoned veteran, you’ll want to check out these tips and strategies.
Learn a few new tricks, be prepared, and stay ahead of the game for the best turkey hunting season ever!
- Watch the colors of your hunting outfit – Stay away from red, black, white, and blue, as those are gobbler colors.
- When scouting out the safest calling spot, remember: open timber beats thick brush. It’s better to eliminate your movement as much as possible rather than be completely concealed.
- Always be on alert to the sounds of the wildlife. If they are silent, there may be another hunter in the vicinity.
- Don’t bring attention to yourself by making a lot of movement or sounds. Use your voice, loud and clear, to announce yourself to another hunter.
- Stalking isn’t safe! This leads to more than half of hunter’s accidents.
- The most common among American turkey hunters is the 12-gauge shotgun.
- For the youngsters and the ladies, a 20 gauge is great for shots within 30 yards.
- Bigger is better? A 10 gauge works like a charm but has a heckuva kick!
- Better safe than sorry with a three-shot repeater, either an autoloader or a pump, so you can be sure to get your bird.
- Make sure you have proper positioning of decoys; 45-degree angles on the opposite side of the turkey is best.
- Get up with the early bird so you have time to settle in or change plans if necessary.
- You can never have too many calls – choose from diaphragms, slates, and box calls.
- If your turkey shows interest, don’t be afraid to have a little interaction by gobbling your own response to encourage the turkey’s interest.
- Patience is a virtue – sometimes the best kill is the last kill of the day.
- It’s important to be as close as possible before calling your turkey.
- The rhythm and cadence of your calls needs to be just right – Listen to the birds around you and try to mirror their cadence.
Now, go get ’em!