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 long should you sit for turkeys?
Ideally, your turkey should rest 30 to 40 minutes to let the juices redistribute. (This gives you enough time to make gravy, too.) We usually recommend that the turkey get back into the refrigerator within 2 hours, so by the time you carve and serve, that timeframe works pretty well.
How often should you call while 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.
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.
What time should you turkey hunt?
Time of Day: Since Turkeys make their nest in trees and on the ground in wooded areas, one of the best times of day to hunt is first thing in the morning. Get out to your blind early and listen for the yelps, cackles, and gobbles of turkeys as they start in search for breakfast.
Should I move around while turkey hunting?
Closer is better, but not if the bird spots you. … Many birds are survivors because the hunter called without being in a setup position. It’s common to try calling when you’re walking along to strike a bird. It’s about then that a gobbler will respond from so close he’ll rattle your teeth.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 turkey hunt until noon?
One way we try to protect hens in the spring is to restrict shooting hours. 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.