You don’t need all that many decoys to have an effective turkey setup either. It’s not like duck or goose hunting where numbers make a big difference. In some early spring cases and for fall turkey hunting, the birds might be on a winter flock pattern, which is the only time you’d want a large group of decoys.
When should you not use turkey decoys?
Decoys Are Placed Too Far Away
If a gobbler hangs up at 40, you still have a chance. If this problem persists with the same birds on multiple occasions, stake your decoy behind you where it’s visible to an approaching tom. Take a buddy who can sit back near the decoy and call to draw the bird closer to you.
Are turkeys afraid of decoys?
Perhaps their eyes are so sharp they recognize it”s a fake bird. But, for whatever reason, pressured birds on public hunting areas seldom respond well to a decoy. Hunting with a decoy has just become second nature. Today”s hunter sees a decoy as a necessary part of his turkey hunting paraphernalia.
What is the best decoy to use for turkey hunting?
This won’t get a jake or confident 2-year old to come in, but a boss gobbler with hens will take the bait almost every time. The single best decoy anyone can own is a submissive, half- or quarter-strut jake. If you’re into shooting any legal turkey, this type of jake will draw in anything with a beard.
Will turkeys come back if you spook them?
If left alone, they might return. Make darn sure to avoid bumping a previously spooked turkey again. Be extremely cautious in your approach to a roosted bird and about your movements while setting up. Often, a careless turn of the head or hasty walk out of the woods is all it takes to bump a bird again.
Why won’t turkeys come to my decoys?
Many times, a turkey won’t come to a decoy, because the hunter has made a mistake in where he’s placed the decoy. … If another hunter’s in the woods, sneaks up to the edge of that field and sees that gobbler decoy, he may take a shot at the gobbler decoy, thinking it’s the real thing.
Can I leave my turkey decoys out?
Yep. Just get out there early. I have already carried decoys in all set up so all I had to do was stick them in the ground and hop in the blind.
How many turkey decoys should I put out?
If I am fall turkey hunting, I will use up to four or five decoys to create a flock, since turkeys are traveling together during that time of the year. How far away from my setup do I place my decoys? I like putting my decoys about 15 to 20 yards away.
Do turkeys notice ground blinds?
Turkeys won’t care about your blind. Most of the time, I set my blind up right in the middle a field and decoys 8-10 yards out in front of it.
Can turkeys smell?
For starters, turkeys have a very weak sense of taste. Like most birds, they only have a couple hundred taste buds, which is about 9000 less than a human. This means turkeys have a pretty limited palette and are only able to sense flavors like sweet, sour, acid and bitter. Their sense of smell is equally weak.
When should I start calling for Turkey in the morning?
As a rule turkeys gobble best on clear, calm, high-pressure mornings in the spring. Stand on a ridge or bluff at dawn and you’re apt to hear birds gobbling a mile or more away in all directions. Not only can you hear well on a nice day, your calls also ring true and carry far. Any mouth or friction call works well.