It’s tough deciding when enough is enough. If I’m in a good spot, I discipline myself to sit for at least 30 minutes, more if I feel confident. That’s not to say that if you’d given it one more minute, you’d have killed the bird that sneaked in on you, but staying longer is better than leaving too soon.
How early should you be in the woods for turkey hunting?
Most states allow hunting a half-hour before sunrise so be in the woods early. How early? Get to your setup site at least 30 to 45 minutes before shooting light.
How often should I call turkey hunting?
Call every few minutes, and act like a disinterested hen going about her daily routine. Moving also helps in such situations, because turkeys rarely sit and yelp in one place for long.
Where should you sit when Turkeying?
The rule is to sit at the base of a tree wide enough to cover you from behind for safety, break up your outline and give you support to lean against. When you find a likely tree, sit down and determine how well you can see in front of you. Sitting on the ground decreases your field of view by yards.
Do turkeys come back to the same spot?
In my experience wild turkeys around the country often favor the same roosts from year to year. That said, they can also adjust to pressure, and choose other roost sites, often in the same general area. Here’s what I might do: (1) Make your setup where they flew down the last time you were in there.
Is it better to hunt turkey in the morning or evening?
Again, mornings generally provide faster and hotter action with vocal birds making it the preferred time to turkey hunt. The problem with mornings is they fade away and turn into afternoon and afternoons don’t always provide the same scenarios.
Can you sneak up on a turkey?
Don’t try to stalk turkeys or turkey sounds. It may be another hunter in the area and you can’t sneak up on turkeys anyway. Their eyesight is too good and they are wary of any movement that might be a predator.
How far can a turkey hear your call?
Re: From how far will the turkey travel to come to your calls? In a big field they will hear you from 400 yards.
Can you call too much turkey hunting?
America’s Myth: Birds become call-shy due to overcalling
“Turkeys don’t become shy because they hear a natural sound in the woods,” said Eye. “Overcalling is a turkey hunter’s excuse. When they don’t find success, they blame it on calling too much.” … Turkeys will tell you how to hunt them.
How long should you wait between turkey calls?
I think a good rule of thumb is at least 10-15 minutes. This will seem like hours. If he is gobbling a lot, I will call more. If you can tell he is coming, by closer gobbles or visual, don’t call, let him come.
How do you pick a good turkey hunting spot?
Locate concentrations of droppings and feathers beneath large trees. Squeeze the droppings to assess their freshness. Chalky droppings indicate a retired roost, but moist droppings are a sign that it’s being used and may be a good spot to hunt. Sometimes birds use the same roost daily.
What is the safest position to choose when setting up to call a wild turkey?
Sit with your back against a large tree, rock, or other large natural barrier. Shields you from unseen hunter approaching from the rear.
What clothing colors should you avoid wearing while turkey hunting?
Never wear any visible article of clothing into the turkey woods that contains the colors white, red or blue. Not only will turkeys spot you, but these colors are associated with the head of a male turkey, and that can make you a target too.
Do turkeys roost in the same spot every night?
No they don’t always roost in the same tree/trees. Especially easterns they tend to move around.
What to do if you scare a turkey off the roost?
The first thing to remember after you spook the turkey is wait 20 or 30 minutes before you try to hunt that turkey again. Also plan to call softly. After noticing the direction in which the turkey has run or flown, very quietly walk in that direction, take a stand, and start calling softly and infrequently.
Do turkeys change roosting spots?
Log landings and mature timber stands are primary locations for big woods turkeys. During certain times of the year, due to weather or coverage of leaves, turkeys can alter their roosting habits to shelter from winds or find more cover.