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Question by WILLHAM48. Uploaded on November 27, 2012
Yes. Whether it's fall (either sex in Pennsylvania) or spring gobbler, you need to scout pre-season and during the season. You can't hunt where the turkey's aren't. Look for seasonal food sources, especially in the fall. Also find roosting places. Especially in the spring, the birds tend to hold to a fairly small area and often roost within a few hundred yards of its center every night. I don't hunt turkeys a lot in the fall but manage to track on down every couple years. I get a gobbler almost every spring.
Lace up you boots and put some miles on.
I hunt in the fall more. It is either sex in fall, too and gobblers only in spring. I have a large flock of turkeys that like to roost on the neighboring property (I have permission to hunt there). what would be the best plan to go on a morning fall hunt for either hen or turkey?
The evening before, wait until they are going to roost then bust into the middle of them, shouting and shooting to scatter them as thoroughly as possible---you can't overdo it, trust me---then slip back in the next morning before daylight and call one in. After they've spent the night apart, they'll be pathetically eager to get back together. You'll have to compete with the other calling turkeys, but your chances are good. Otherwise, scatter them off the roost in the morning, wait twenty minutes and start calling. Best of luck.
Hahaha, ok, I'll try it. Sounds fun, too. wont they regroup before they roost, though?
Not if you do it late enough. You can scatter them off the roost, too---probably even better. The first time I saw my dad do this was 57 years ago and it still works like a charm. Remember, you cannot overscatter a flock of turkeys, and the worst thing you can do is to try and do it from too far away and have them fly off together in the same direction. They will get back together very quickly in that circumstace and leave you sitting by your tree wondering what happened. Run into the middle of them and I'm not kidding about shooting up into the air to get them moving. Withe the price of turkey shells, I always carry a couple of field loads for my scattering shots. You're right, it is fun, but if you do it in the evening, make sure you can find the right place in the dark the next morning.
In the spring I like to walk and call mostly. If I can't locate a gobbler early in the morning then I'll walk about 150-200 yards call a few times, wait a few minutes and maybe call a few more times and repeat with the occasional 30 minute setup. Country road gave some very good advice though!
My advice is strictly for fall hunting. Ga hunter gave some good advice for the springtime, which is when I do most of my turkey hunting, too.
Running and gunning my friend. I hunt in Minnesota. I personally am a believer in the less is more method when it comes to calling. If a gobbler responds to you and there is not another hen that is calling he knows where you are. I like to call maybe once every 25 or 30 minutes. I know it can be exciting to have that response from the gobbler every 5 minutes but if you call your head off more likely than not he is gonna pinpoint exactly where you are. And if you hear a gobbler going off on you, you can always try to circle around in front of him a couple hundred yards. This is mainly for Spring hunting. Good luck to you.
Thanks for the advice, guys! I think that I'll try all of your advice! thanks again!
your in a great place for turkeys. I too hunt SW VA. find a bird, get above or equal o him and call him around or uphill
DEER30, where in VA are you? I hunt near kyles ford, TN but down the road a ways into lee county.
Maybe I am not the best responder, I hunt turkeys from my porch and in my backyard. Run and gun. Go for the young fall poults, they are delicious. Another tactic is to find where they roost and just sit still. They will be back in droves before dusk. Alternatively, run and scream at a fall flock. They will scatter, you hide, then hunt them when they come back to find their kin.
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