Using a boat helps find gobblers on public land.
One of the hardest aspects of hunting on public lands is finding a spot that is completely untouched by other hunters where you can make some magic happen. Things only get more challenging when hunting for popular species like deer and turkeys, especially in a state like Iowa where public lands are at a premium.
Aaron and Ted of The Hunting Public know this well. However, these guys are the masters at figuring out ways to get away from the crowds.
With turkey season getting a bit long in the tooth, the two decide to get in a Jon boat and use it to find an out-of-the-way spot untouched by others. It's a lot of work, but as you'll see, it pays off with a spot that is loaded with big gobblers!
Getting into the boat in the pre-dawn hours and motoring deep in an area that is hard to access from the road is an excellent way to get away from the crowds in the more popular spots. Not many hunters are going to be willing to drag the boat out for a big buck or gobbler. We have also seen the boys with the Hunting Public starting to use this technique to find seldom-hunted spots for deer in the fall too.
As you saw, the spot they found was loaded with turkey who probably don't feel a whole lot of pressure. Combine that with a perfect setup that hid the hunter's outline perfectly, and that big gobbler never knew what hit him. We learn all sorts of new little tricks and tips every time we watch one of THP's videos and this was no exception.
These guys continually prove that even if your only option for hunting is public land, there is always a way to make it work and put a bird or buck in the freezer!