Is turkey hunting hard?
Bowhunting for turkeys can be challenging, and therefore, all the more rewarding when you get your bird! If you are new to turkey hunting, having the right gear can make putting down a gobbler a little easier. Here are some essential items you’ll need for turkey hunting: A turkey mouth call to attract the birds and keep your hands free for the drawback. A rangefinder to verify the distance and to stay in your optimal accuracy range. Decoys within 20 yards of your position to draw turkeys to you. A blind to conceal yourself and your movements.
From how far away can I shoot a turkey?
Most bowhunters agree that 20-30 yards provide a safe range. While you have sufficient kinetic energy to kill a turkey from a farther distance, it comes down to accuracy and speed. A turkey’s vitals region provides a small target, so you need to hit right on target for a kill. When target practicing, you should be able to hit within a 3-inch accuracy. Turkeys are on the move; therefore, at a closer range, you have faster delivery of the arrow.
Where should I shoot a turkey to kill it?
If the turkey is facing you broadside, the best place to aim is the spot where the wing connects to the turkey’s body. Hitting here will likely break both wings and pierce the heart or lungs, and result in the most ethical kill. Shooting a turkey facing you can be difficult and requires more precision. Aiming about four inches from the base of the turkey’s neck is the target. You can get a shot at a turkey’s backbone from behind if the head is up. A wide-cutting, mechanical arrow tip is the best choice for this challenging shot.
Can you use deer broadhead arrow tips for hunting turkeys?
Most deer broadheads are designed with a low profile so they can be used for body shots on a turkey. As long as they can penetrate feathers, hit the vitals, and stay in the bird rather than pass through, a fixed broadhead will work. However, turkey hunters usually prefer expandable or mechanical broadheads. These larger blades have a better chance of hitting the smaller vitals region and staying put. An arrow that passes through often results in turkeys flying away and more tracking time for you.
Do you need a blind for turkey hunting?
Most hunters agree a blind is needed to conceal movement and any unusual visuals. Turkeys have excellent eyesight with a 270 - 310-degree field of vision. They notice the slightest disturbance and are easily scared away. Set up a blind along with decoys, and use calls to bring in the gobblers and hens.
Can I hunt turkeys from a tree stand?
In some states you can hunt turkeys from a tree stand. The requirements vary, so be sure to check your local hunting regulations. The most common time of year to use a tree stand is in the fall when they are already set up for deer hunting.
What is the best time of the day to hunt turkeys?
Morning is the most common time to hunt turkeys. In the morning, they are moving and feeding and, in the spring, they are also busy breeding. Some states also allow evening hunting. During mid-day, turkeys usually lay low and are not on the move.
Can you kill turkeys in the evening?
Some states allow evening turkey hunts, but you need to confirm the legal hunting regulations by state. If you are heading out in the evening hours, here are a few ideas on where to set up your blind. On a travel route since turkeys will be feeding as they head back to roost. On the edge of the roost area because turkeys usually jump up and fly 20-100 yards to the roosting tree. At a feeding area since a rafter of turkeys will likely stop there on the way to roost.
How do you find a roosting turkey?
Identifying a turkey roost can be useful if you want to hunt the roost or confirm turkeys are in the area. Turkey roosts are generally near water and in dense tree cover with a clear understory. They also like evergreens when deciduous trees are leafless. In addition to searching for preferred habitat, you may notice the signs of turkey roosts such as droppings, feathers, and clear travel routes.
Does the bump on a turkey mouth call go up or down?
Some turkey mouth calls have a small bump that should be facing down when used. Once the call is comfortable in your mouth, place your tongue against the reflex reeds and huff air over the reeds. Higher tongue pressure will produce higher pitch sounds, while less pressure will produce lower pitch sounds. Consistent practice will help you get comfortable with any call.
Do turkeys gobble before they roost?
When DO turkeys gobble? This question is on the minds of many hunters and biologists alike. There is evidence that weather – like wind speed, barometric pressure, and temperature - may be a factor in gobbling frequency. Also, turkeys gobble more often during certain times of the breeding season. And yes, turkeys do sometimes gobble when they roost in the evening.
For a sample of turkey calls, go to: NWTF Wild Turkey Sounds
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