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Has anybody on here tried using a mirror while turkey hunting? I saw it on Call of the Wild Man today where he lured a turkey in very close to him by flashing a mirror. Apparently, male turkeys react aggresivly to flashy things because they think its another male.

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from Gary Devine wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Our gun club has a heavy duty glass door. A big long beard Tom turkey fought with his own reflection, at the door. There was feathers and blood in front of the door. Our club President witness the turkey fighting with himself.

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from squirrelgirl wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Although I believe that dude on animal planet is whacko I think the method is accurate.

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from blevenson wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

I have never done it but I think it might be worth a shot. I also have seen a turkey do battle with his own reflection that he saw in a deck door at my uncle's place.

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from Gary Devine wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

I have witness a red male cardinal fight with his reflection, on a side view mirrow of a pickup truck. That little cardinal was bouncing off the glass but kept coming back for more. I feel bad he would hurt himself so I scare him away.

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from jhjimbo wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

I have heard it works but have never tried it.

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from 007 wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Gotta wonder about that one. Why do most hunters dull their gun's finish and cover their shiny faces? I'd have to see that for myself.

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from buckhunter wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

If the bird is that hot, why not use a couple yelps to call him in?

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from 1ojolsen wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Sounds like these turkeys may shop at the GAP.

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from tuna0410 wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

I have heard about it but never seen it done... Always thought it was a joke. How big was the mirror he used?

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from MT_mulies wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

I'm not sure if it would work, but somethimes when we are goose or duck hunting and the flock is in the middle of the field we will get a full body mirror, and then tilt it towards the ground and walk behind it so the birds only see the ground from the reflection and when we get close enought we jump out from behind the mirror and let em have it. We have also used a card board box that we cut out to look like a cow and and then painted it black. We then do the same thing. Both tricks work great and I bet would work on a turkey.

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from Matthew Matzek wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

I have heard of this before. "They" say to use a small signaling mirror and flash the tom a few times if he is reluctant to come closer to your set up

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

ive never heard of this, and would never try it. thats just sounds absolutely ridiculous. sorry, but you will never catch me in the spring turkey woods carrying a mirror in my vest.

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from Knife Freak wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Can't hurt can it? Go ahead try it if it works than great f it doesn't than what have you lost?
It's fun to do with beta fish, but I don't know about birds. Good Luck
Happy Hunting and God Bless
Knife Freak

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from jmrcexplorer wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

We had a Cardinal just like Gary in the above post, we had to keep the truck mirror covered or he would attack it. The only trouble would be if the turkey would be intimidated by the mirror and run away. The same applies with the gobble call, some dominant turkeys may come running, while younger/less dominant turkeys could be intimidated.

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from Ncarl wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

If I remember right he cought the turkey with his bare hands. Enough said.

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from Gary Devine wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

I have witness a red male cardinal fight with his reflection, on a side view mirrow of a pickup truck. That little cardinal was bouncing off the glass but kept coming back for more. I feel bad he would hurt himself so I scare him away.

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from Ncarl wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

If I remember right he cought the turkey with his bare hands. Enough said.

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from Gary Devine wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Our gun club has a heavy duty glass door. A big long beard Tom turkey fought with his own reflection, at the door. There was feathers and blood in front of the door. Our club President witness the turkey fighting with himself.

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from squirrelgirl wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Although I believe that dude on animal planet is whacko I think the method is accurate.

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from blevenson wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

I have never done it but I think it might be worth a shot. I also have seen a turkey do battle with his own reflection that he saw in a deck door at my uncle's place.

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from jhjimbo wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

I have heard it works but have never tried it.

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from 007 wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Gotta wonder about that one. Why do most hunters dull their gun's finish and cover their shiny faces? I'd have to see that for myself.

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from buckhunter wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

If the bird is that hot, why not use a couple yelps to call him in?

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from 1ojolsen wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Sounds like these turkeys may shop at the GAP.

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from tuna0410 wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

I have heard about it but never seen it done... Always thought it was a joke. How big was the mirror he used?

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from MT_mulies wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

I'm not sure if it would work, but somethimes when we are goose or duck hunting and the flock is in the middle of the field we will get a full body mirror, and then tilt it towards the ground and walk behind it so the birds only see the ground from the reflection and when we get close enought we jump out from behind the mirror and let em have it. We have also used a card board box that we cut out to look like a cow and and then painted it black. We then do the same thing. Both tricks work great and I bet would work on a turkey.

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from Matthew Matzek wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

I have heard of this before. "They" say to use a small signaling mirror and flash the tom a few times if he is reluctant to come closer to your set up

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

ive never heard of this, and would never try it. thats just sounds absolutely ridiculous. sorry, but you will never catch me in the spring turkey woods carrying a mirror in my vest.

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from Knife Freak wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Can't hurt can it? Go ahead try it if it works than great f it doesn't than what have you lost?
It's fun to do with beta fish, but I don't know about birds. Good Luck
Happy Hunting and God Bless
Knife Freak

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from jmrcexplorer wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

We had a Cardinal just like Gary in the above post, we had to keep the truck mirror covered or he would attack it. The only trouble would be if the turkey would be intimidated by the mirror and run away. The same applies with the gobble call, some dominant turkeys may come running, while younger/less dominant turkeys could be intimidated.

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