Spring Turkey Hunting Tips
All turkey hunters agree that there is no thrill like calling a turkey into sight. There is no feeling like being able to be a part of fooling birds into thinking that you are what they want in a companion. Being able to listen to one gobble in response to your call from a distance of 30 or 40 yards out is thrilling.
After a winter of being cooped up, spring offer the explosion of vegetation and warm temperatures that makes being out of doors again a blessing. Listening to the natural sights and sensing the smells of spring is tops. Turkey hunting provides the first hunting of the spring.
Understanding the effect of changing weather and terrain on bird movements can lead one to find birds where others fail.
Begin with two basic trips to the hunting area. The first is to find a place to hunt and learn the lay of the land. The second is the actual hunting trip.
Advance scouting helps one to learn about the bird’s daily routine. One can find travel lanes, feeding and loafing sites as well as roosting sites.
Late winter scouting will usually find concentrations of birds in larger flocks. When flocks scatter in the spring they follow creeks and river drainages as well as other terrain features. They travel surprising distances.
Use a map to learn how to approach the hunting area under differing wind conditions. Look for ways to approach as quietly as possible. Mark areas that are frequented by the birds and from which you might want to hunt.
This is patterning the birds and it becomes easier as the hunting season approaches.
Keep your hunting options open. Changing weather conditions and pressure from other hunters can change the bird’s habits. Have Plan B areas to hunt if necessary.
Birds in this state inhabit virtually all major river drainages as well as scattered shelter belts and woodlots.
Finally, no discussion of turkey hunting is complete without consideration of safety. Choose safe calling positions with good visibility. Sit against a tree that is wider than your shoulders. Decoys and harvested birds are best carried in orange bags or with orange ribbons attached, never over the shoulder like you see on television. It is a good idea to wear hunter orange when entering, leaving or moving about in the woods. It is best to be as visible as possible before and after the actual hunt. Remember that you are sharing the woods with others and they could shoot you.
Spring turkey hunting is an exciting sport. Be careful; be safe and considerate of the others out there who also enjoy the land and this time of the year.
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