Tips for the First Time Turkey Hunter

Tips for the First Time Turkey Hunter

Figure out where they roost

The easiest way to boost your chances of tagging a big ol long beard is to figure out where the birds are roosting for the night. Try to locate an oak ridge or any type of standing timber next to a field that you think birds will be in the following morning. Low cut CRP, plowed or alfalfa fields are usually a strong bet for a group of birds to be in after getting down from roost. When approaching an area like this at night to locate them, glass the fields to make sure there are no birds in the fields that you would spook when walking out. For locating birds, the easiest and most simple way is to get yourself a crow call and get to the edge of the field at sunset, and blow into the crow call a few times. If there are birds in the area, they will gobble to that call. If you do not get a response, move to a different field and repeat.

Get out there early!

I can not tell you how many times being rushed walking out into where I am going to hunt and the sun is already close to rising with birds already gobbling at every crow flying over or a nearby farmer doing early morning chores. Get out to the spot early enough to be able to set up your blind and position your decoys.

Don't over do it with the calls

It is very easy to want to bust out all the calls that you have been practicing with but try to keep the calling to a minimum. Over calling is one of the main reasons first time turkey hunters might have birds hang out too far away for a shot or have birds use a different nearby field. If you get a couple early morning gobbles for a response from your diaphragm, slate, or box call, then hold tight and let the birds come to you.

Aim Small, Miss Small

So you put the birds to roost, set up nice and early, and called a bird into your decoy set, now what? Let the bird naturally come into your decoy spread and wait until he faces away before drawing back your bow. Using archery tackle is a very fun way to try and kill a bird, but remember that your vitals on a turkey is about the size of a grapefruit. Relax and wait for the bird to turn broadside and stop moving. A good location to aim is where the butt of the wing connects to the turkey's body.

If you follow through with these simple steps, you should have a fun and successful turkey hunt this upcoming spring!

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