Turkey hunting is just around the corner in the Midwest with licenses on sale now for October hunting season. Here are a few turkey hunting tips which will help elevate your season.
Turkey hunting begins in October here in Iowa, and the season’s approaching quickly. I already have my tags.
How about you?
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You know the old stories about turkey being one of the most difficult and elusive animals to hunt. I think it just takes a little more prep, scouting, and don’t forget that very important turkey call practice. You know how that goes, when your wife is yelling… STOP THAT!!
In the past I have used both private and public hunting areas, and always make sure to look around for the three things turkeys want:
- Great cover
I found right after the traditional harvesting of soybeans and corn is an ideal time to start scouting. Since many farmers in the Midwest leave food plots for wildlife, those harvested areas are an excellent place to start. Of course you have to get up with the roosters, throw on the scouting uniform, and claim your spot to be as effective as you can, but it’s well worth it.
Scouting for wild turkey can be tricky if you don’t have a specific area to hunt, or are using public grounds. And although you may only see hens when scouting, don’t mark that spot off your list just because that’s all you see. Have some patience, take your calls with you, and try some tests. Make sure to be aggressive, but not so aggressive as to bring the turkeys straight to your blind.
Turkeys do not maintain the same roosting patterns, as they will move around and roost in different locations nightly. But once you have a general area mapped out, this should be a great place to watch and wait. If you have rough or noisy terrain to traverse while getting to your site, either try to clear a path preseason, or you can cheat and use your turkey call to lightly cover your approach.
If you are going to use a blind to hunt from, make sure you can place the blind up preseason, and position it to your best advantage giving yourself at least three directions of safe firing. If you plan on going in the woods or using a stand, then good scent cover and proper camouflage is a must.
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Remember safety comes first, and when in doubt don’t take the shot. When the season is over, please remove your blinds on private or public land, and try to restore the area back to its natural state if at all possible.
Farmers are letting more and more hunters on their properties to hunt turkey rather than hunt deer. The average is about 1 out of 100 farmers allowing for deer, and about 50% allowing for turkey. So if you are without a hunting site, you should consider asking permission on a new location to turkey hunt, with a 50% chance you can’t go wrong.
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