Turkey hunters are always looking for an edge.
Here are some deer hunting strategies that will help you down a turkey too.
Use Trail Cameras to Find Birds
Deer hunters love trail cameras — and for good reason. Knowledge gained from these 24-hour watchdogs helps them pattern and target specific bucks along with providing valuable information on which food sources are hot at the time.
Turkey hunters can utilize trail cameras to pinpoint turkey roosts and feeding areas. Knowing the areas turkeys are using most will give you a head start on a successful hunt.
Deer hunters know that deer live (and sometimes die) by routines, but some turkey hunters don’t realize that turkeys do too.
Listen to where a bird travels after he flies down from his roost tree. The following day, set up in the bird’s path. It is a lot easier to call a gobbler somewhere that he already wants to go.
Glass strutting areas and pay close attention to where the birds enter and exit fields. The next time they come through that gap in the fence, you’ll be waiting for them.
Use Pinch Points to Your Advantage
Deer hunters know all about funnels and pinch points. Areas where an animal’s travel is forced into a narrow corridor by water, a steep bank, or manmade obstacles like buildings and roads can be great places for turkey hunters to set up. Often, a bird that enters these areas will be in range for a killing shot. If not, some seductive calling should be all it takes to close the deal.
Deer hunters know that walking quietly and blending in gives them the best chance of killing a deer. For some reason, turkey hunters often forget about stealth when they are not set up on a gobbling bird.
Run and gun hunters seem to be especially prone to plodding noisily through the woods before stopping to call. You’ll see more success by sneaking quietly along as you try to strike a gobbling bird.
It’s amazing how the same hunter who will sit in a treestand for several hours a day, several days in a row waiting on a deer, has a hard time staying put for more than thirty minutes when he’s turkey hunting.
If a bird you’ve been working suddenly goes silent, wait at least an hour before making a move. He could be sneaking in to check out that “hot hen” he’s been talking to.
If birds aren’t gobbling, set up some decoys and call softly every fifteen minutes. Gobblers will often approach silently, so remain motionless and ready.
If things aren’t going your way this season, try using these deer hunting tactics to bag a big tom this spring.