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 you need decoys for turkey hunting?
Many modern hunters prefer to hunt from a pop-up blind in an open area. In such circumstances, decoys are almost a must. When you call to a turkey that’s visible from your setup, the bird instinctively knows it should be able to see the source of that calling.
Is one hen decoy enough?
Most hunters have more than one decoy and manufacturers, such as Avian X, Flambeau, Flextone, M.A.D., H.S. … Morrett also believes there’s a place for multiple decoys in a spread, but if you decide not to pack a flock of birds, one hen decoy is enough for many scenarios.
Are turkey decoys worth it?
If you find a turkey in a big field, and you need to get that bird closer to you to take the shot, having a decoy on the edge of the field can be deadly effective. … Even a 2-year-old gobbler will come to that strutting gobbler decoy and walk around and around that decoy, pecking that decoy every now and then.
What colors should you not wear while turkey hunting?
Never wear bright colors, especially not red, white, blue or black because these are the colors of a wild turkey gobbler. Watch out for red, white or blue on your socks, t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, hats, bandannas, etc. Wear dark undershirts and socks, and pants long enough to be tucked into boots.
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.
Do decoys scare turkeys?
If you use decoys long enough…. eventually a bird WILL spook at the decoy. He might spook before you see him, but give it time it will happen. It’s just like missing.
Will a .22 kill a turkey?
Yes, a 22lr will kill a turkey. It will also wound a turkey.
Should I use a hen or jake decoy?
In response, savvy hunters often use just one hen decoy. Still, don’t be afraid to try a jake or strutter with the hen. Gobblers — especially older birds that suddenly find themselves without female company — might react strongly to the sight of an interloper. Use decoys to your advantage, but don’t rely on them.
Should I use a male or female turkey decoy?
Mating. If it is the time of the season when turkeys are still mating, placing decoys in mating-simulated poses may attract some eager male turkeys. Place a male decoy standing upright and a hen (female) decoy on its stomach.
Can you leave turkey decoys out all night?
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. Less commotion.
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.
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.
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.