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Question by CodemanRED. Uploaded on May 10, 2009
if your not using a blind or tree stand, sit with your back to a tree, strategically placed so the turkey will be coming in front of you. make sure the tree is wider than your shoulders. when you get there, kick out any leaves or loose sticks from underneath you that could cause a noise to disturb a turkey and scare it away. be comfortable, you could be sitting there for 2 hours.
Wear total camouflage even hands and face. Always try to sit with your back to a large tree. It gives you a backrest and also protects your back from being shot by an idiot. Sit on a nice thick cushion so you son't get too uncomfortable in 10-15 minutes Try to always sit in the shadows/shade birds will bust you much faster in the sunshine. Try to find a spot where you can see to shoot and the bird will be in range when you see him. Be very still and always assume there is a bird out there looking for that hen (you) that you can't see. I guarantee you far more birds see you than you see them. Use a good pair of binoculars. If you hear a bird and decide to sneak closer understand you must stay completely out of sight to have any chance for success. Be patient, be very patient. It may take him 30 min to get curious and decide to wander over and visit that hen. Don't call too much. If necessary time yourself-2 sets of 3-7 yelps spaced 10 seconds apart every 10 minutes is usually plenty. People that call lots thinking more is better don't eat much wild turkey breast (unless you are one of my friends I gave him a bird haha). When you have to move do it s-l-o-w-l-y and if a gobbling bird is coming in aim the shotgun where you expect him to appear BEFORE he comes over the hill. When you are confident he is in range and the gun is on him wait for him to raise his head then shoot at the place where skin and feathers meet (about center of neck). I have recently posted several stories about birds taken this year and in past years. There are some tips in those stories. Suggest you read them and go hunting every chance you get. You can find them by clicking my username, going to my profile page and looking thru "answers" and "comments". Hope this helps. Beekeeper has a wealth of knowledge if you can get him away from his bees.
I think the first thing you need to look for is turkeys, or turkey sign. It doesn't do any good to go sit where there aren't any turkeys. You need to scout to see if you can roost them or find turkey droppings or strutting areas. I only say this because this sounds like this might be your first time ever.
sharkfin is right but I was assuming you had a place to hunt that has a good population of turkeys. Do some scouting. Find out where your birds like to roost. Usually there will be several good roosting sites on a farm. Find the good spot to set up and be there before dawn the day you plan to hunt and hunt all day or til the end of legal shooting hrs. At least half of all the birds I've taken were shot after 9 am and/or came in silently with no gobbling at all.
Del hit it on the spot and he is a darn good turkey hunter so go with what he says. But in addition, I would look for open areas and try to scout for turkeys before you go out hunting them.
Plot out where they turkeys are then before the season get a area for yourself about 70-90 yards away from where they roost. It worked great for me try it out.
Agreed with Del in KS and + 1 for you sir!!!
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