What time 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.

What time should you hunt turkey?

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.

What time do you start calling turkeys?

When To Call A Gobbler

In my view, the best times of the day are right off the roost, then again from about 8:30 to 9:30 when more hens start to leave the gobbler to go lay an egg, and again from about 11 until noon.

What time of day are most turkeys killed?

Time of Day

Many hunters are in the woods before dawn, and most turkeys are killed before 8 a.m. However, turkey hunting after 8 a.m. can be rewarding. Most people leave the woods by 10 a.m. If you have the patience to stay late, there are fewer hunters in the woods competing for available birds.

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What time of day do turkeys go to fields?

If you can legally hunt past noon—or simply want to scout—midday is the time to sneak toward loafing areas. Preseason scouting likely uncovered a few select, shady areas adjacent to field edges and feeding zones. Turkeys congregate here to escape the midday heat. Turkeys also spend the midday hours dusting.

What time of day do turkeys gobble most?

A lot of turkeys, especially old Easterns, will gobble only once or twice in the afternoon, but they’ll come to your calls fast and silently. Afternoon hunting generally peaks from around 2 to 4:30 p.m., but you might as well hunt right up until dark some days. Gobblers love to roost within 50 to 200 yards of hens.

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.

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.

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How long before sunrise do turkeys gobble?

Short answer, usually about 45-30 minutes before sunrise… I prefer to stay away from locator calls and listen, if they are gobbling, move silently to within 100-125 yards from them and set up…

Do turkeys roost in the same tree every night?

No they don’t always roost in the same tree/trees. Especially easterns they tend to move around.

Why can you only hunt turkey until noon?

It’s been a New England and northeastern management tradition to finish at midday. … The current shooting hours from ½-hour before sunrise until noon are intended to protect nesting hens because incubating hens (hens sitting on eggs in a nest) tend to leave the nest to feed in the afternoon.

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