If you think tagging a late season gobbler on public land is impossible, watch this.
This hunter has been hunting hard throughout the Tennessee spring turkey season. He's finally able to make a kill when this late season gobbler comes strutting into his position.
Watch the video to see how it all went down.
Hunting late season turkeys, particular on public land, can be tough. There are a few keys to remember that will help you be more successful.
Keep your calling soft and only give a late season gobbler what he needs to hear to keep coming. This is a lot easier to do when you are hunting field birds like the ones shown in the video, but even if you can't see the birds, use the knowledge you've gained on previous scouting and hunting trips to determine the turkeys' mood and adjust your calling accordingly.
Evening and afternoon hunts can be extra deadly in the late season. The birds are not used to being hunted at this time of day and will concentrate on open food sources. Be there when they are and your chances of success will go way up.
It's not as sexy as calling in a hot gobbling tom off the roost, but parking your rear end in a feeding area or strut zone in the late afternoon could be your best chance to harvest a late season gobbler. The only question is, are you willing to sit for a turkey the way you would for a whitetail? Only you know the answer.