Beginner Tips for Turkey Hunting

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If you can try to make it outside before the sun raises, you may see the turkeys getting from the trees and see where they’re heading and try to make it out when the birds are preparing to roost. Watching the turkeys for these few weeks gives you the ideal spot to put your blind or where you want to sit on the ground. Should you end up walking out to where you may want to sit make sure that you clear away all the branches and leaves, so once you do go out you won’t have all this noise.

Second tip, ensuring you are wearing the right clothing. Some people today think sitting in a blind way they can wear whatever dark clothing they want but that is not the case. You want to be sure you are wearing the right camouflage that suits the foliage around you. When wearing dark clothing in the blind you create a shadow figure when you have the windows opened. I know some of you are thinking you do not have the windows wide open but even when you have them half way opened, there is enough light to make a shadow of you and the turkeys can see that should they look into the blind. Plus wearing camouflage provides you the option to hunt at the blind or on the ground.

Third tip, having some turkey decoys to sit out is really helpful. Some may ask how many decoys do you put out, well that is up to you. Some hunters will put out 2 to 4 hens using a jack decoy or a complete strutting tom. Having a jack or tom decoy helps draw in a jack or tom since they don’t need that other bird getting the hens. But in the end putting the turkey out decoys the way you want is what is important.

Using the right turkey calls. There are 5 distinct types of turkey calls and they’re the push button call, Wildlife Control New Smyrna Beach FL, box telephone, friction/slate call, diaphragms/mouth call and locator. Push button calls create a realistic yelps, clucks and purrs with a simple push of a button. Box calls are flexible, great sounding and relatively simple to use. Putts, purrs, clucks and yelps come to life with box calls. Friction/slate calls are known for their realistic high-pitched sounds which take well over space. Diaphragms/mouth calls permit hunters to produce soft clucks and purrs that can reach high frequencies. They serve as good long range calls. The locator call does exactly what the title says, it finds where the gobblers are. All these calls are good and will take some practice. But in the end you use what is going to work best for you.

Now that you have the basics for turkey hunting, get out there and begin scouting and practicing on those calls. As always be safe and good luck.

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