Finally, A Successful Turkey Season
It’s been a long time coming. After 5 or so years of self-taught turkey hunting with friends, I finally struck pay-dirt, well at least a turkey hit the dirt. Years of hard work, early mornings, bad calling, and wondering if those dang turkeys have x-ray vision, finally payed off this season.
I’ve learned a lot since I started getting into turkey hunting, and I’m still trying to figure things out. Like with anything else, experience is the best teacher. I may go deeper into these topics in separate posts, but here’s a quick rundown.
Sitting in the turkey woods is the absolute best way to understand turkey calling. Unlike what you’ll see on turkey hunting shows on TV, they’re no where near as talkative on the ground as they are in on the roost. At least in my neck of the woods, You’re lucky to hear a bird an hour after they fly off the roost. However, hens on the roost, and the occasional loud mouth on the ground give the best calling lessons.
I’ve learned to listen to a hen that has a tom gobbling, then try copying her. Often times that will get both their attention. The time’s I’ve done this the hen would end up coming my way to see who it is that’s been mimicking, binging in the tom as well. I’ve seen this work, but seeing birds and shooting them are 2 different things.
Decoys are another element I’m still trying to figure out. It seems that jakes (like the one I shot) will run right to to them, while hens and toms tend to keep their distance, and spook away from them quickly when they’re not moving.
Concealment is the easy part usually. I’ve always hunted sitting on the ground with my turkey vest on, but this year we set up on stools. It was more comfortable, granting us a larger swing area, and made sitting out in the field a little longer that much easier.
I keep a set of pruning shears, and a bundle of camo netting handy for quick blind set ups. Find the best natural cover, then use what you have to make it better, and don’t forget to cover your backside.
With that said, I’m happy to have finally got one, and I hope it’s not my last. I got this young bird at 45 – 50 yards with 3 1/2″ 6 shot loads out of my Mossberg Tactical Turkey, sporting a TruGlo Gobble Stopper sight.