My Goal In This Lesson Is To Help You Prepare And Hunt The Spring Turkeys Successfully.
Use this as your spring turkey hunting guide. This post is loaded with basics and tips to help you with Hunting Spring Turkeys. Take what you learn and apply it in the woods.Take some good notes to help you remember what you are doing when you are out in the woods or fields. You may also want to book mark this guide to use as a reference.
Where To Find Spring Turkeys
A few things that turkeys need is, food, water, shelter, roost trees, and open fields and cover. Even though turkeys can thrive in areas with sparse timber as long as they have adequate food, water and cover, Most biologists will tell you that ideal turkey habitant contains 10 to 50 percent open , non-forested lands.
Public land turkey hunting can be great. The turkey populations are really growing across the united state and large numbers of turkeys can be found and public land. These turkeys are likely to face more hunting pressure than on private land but the nice thing is there is usually plenty of room to roam and escape all the pressure.
Most states have several Wild Life Management area which could be great areas for hunting turkeys. Just be sure that the area that you want to hunt has no restrictions.
Gobblers Like Food Plots
All turkeys love food plots especially in the spring. They are attracted to those green area for cover, greens and bugs. Clover, chicory and winter wheat offer turkeys nutritious forage from the plants. The plants also attract a lot of insects. Hens require a heavy protein intake in the spring to produce eggs, and most of that protein is acquired from insects.
Turkey breeding Season
Turkey breeding season takes place in the spring, and the gobbler’s desire to breed hens gives you an edge. Increased daylight signals a shift toward mating time for hens. Gobblers may vocalize earlier, especially during warming trends, but just because male turkeys are gobbling doesn,t mean actual breeding has begun. They gobble in the fall at times to. Male turkeys gobble to tell hens where to find them. They strut to provide a visual to go with this vocalization. Most of the time, hens that are ready to breed go to the gobbler, not the other way around.
Hunting Tips For Early Season Turkey Hunting
Loud gobbling in the spring announces a male turkeys location to hens. Breeding insists on this. Hunters will listen as well to know where to begin their hunt.
Early season gobblers can be fooled in a number of ways. Find a male turkey roosting alone and call him in at fly-down time or during the hunting day, Locate a bunch of gobblers without hens and do the same. Those that are already strutting for numerous female turkeys- are a frequent obstacle in the early season.
Hunt a breeding flock and fire up the boss hen. This territorial turkey might come to investigate your calling and bring the group with her, including the gobbler that you want. It don’t always happen but when it does its fun.
Spring Weather Can Affect Turkeys
Early morning fog can keep turkeys on the roost later. He may sit up there and just gobble, but he can’t see the ground. he won’t fly down. Just sit there and be Patient. The fog will eventually lift. Extreme heat will make birds loaf in shaded areas near water. This is another time to stake out and be patient. Clear and calm spring mornings with a bright rising sun often result in good roost gobbling. These mornings are the most pleasant for you to hunt as well. If you’re planning vacation time around the weather, these are the days to choose. Like a lot of animals, turkey’s don’t care for windy days. During this time, turkeys tend to favor less disturbed areas like fields and power lines. This is when you should consider using a box call. They are louder and are windy day favorites. During rainy weather turkeys will usually fly down later. During a light shower can be a good time to hunt, as turkeys usually remain active and will often move to open fields. Edges of fields have always been a favorite of mind.
Scouting Spring Turkeys
Pre-season scouting is the most important part of a successful spring turkey hunt. A lot of hunters tend to skip this part but you should really do this. Look for signs like tracks, scratching and droppings. I even like to use a game camera. Your scouting objective should be to locate as many gobblers as possible before opening day.
Turkeys are messy Birds. Look for turkey tracks in mud, sand and snow if you have any. Scratching is left behind by turkeys scraping at the ground to feed. Later in the spring, once birds have dispersed, scratching signs will be more scattered.
Actually, pre-season scouting for turkeys can be as much fun as hunting them.
Calling In A Turkey
Choosing the right set up is the most important factor in successfully calling up a bird. When a turkey is gobbling, you have to make a quick decision.
Choose a spot as close as possible to the gobbler that you want to kill, but without spooking the bird. Calling in a turkey is much easier when your sitting where he wants to go.
Look around first to make sure you have open shooting lanes for when the gobbler comes in. If possible sit with your back against a broad-based tree facing this spot. Use a seat cushion and get ready with your call right next to you.using a decoy can be helpful. Also a portable blind works good in some situations.
There are a lot of different calls on the market and most work well.To name a few, Box call,slate call,mouth or diaphragm call, and locator call which I like to use a lot. There are a lot of U tube video,s that you can watch that will help you a lot on how to use them. At the bottom of my post I will show you a lot of accessories that is available for turkey hunting. Just click on any of them to go and check them out with one of my associates.
Wear Camo Clothing
Wearing camo is essential. A turkeys eyesight is his primary defense. You should always wear full camouflage. That includes on your face, hands, and gun if possible/
Total camouflage when turkey hunting isn’t an option- its necessity.. A camouflage shirt, jacket, gloves, pair of pants and a face mask or face paint are crucial to staying hidden from a gobbler’s sharp eyes.
Turkey hunters carry a lot of gear. Calls, strikers, flashlight, snacks, water,shells, decoys, and maps. You will need a place to store all these tools and nothing does the job better than a turkey vest. Most quality vests have an attached seat cushion to make sitting on the ground more comfortable for longer periods of time.
To hunt turkeys right, you will need a good pair of turkey hunting boots, Choose a pair of boots that will work well for the area that you will be hunting.
Gobblers are a fickle bunch. A jake and hen decoy combination will challenge most gobblers, but particulally those two year old birds that often travel in pairs during the bulk of the spring season. Its these long beards that often make up the majority of the harvest each spring. They’re aggressive and a little reckless,
Spring is coming fast, so get your gear, locate and scout your area and get out there and have some fun! You are going to love it!
Best of luck to you on your first or next turkey hunt.
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