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Question by Del in KS. Uploaded on May 20, 2009
While all 5 are important my experience indicates the latter is more important. You can get by with mediocre calling, sub-standard camo, and average equipment. But the best calling, camo and gear will not overcome little or no general turkey knowledge and poor woodsmanship. I've seen too many guys with good stuff fail miserably.
All the equipment in the world can't make up for Knowledge and Woodsmanship. Some of the best hunters I know go into the woods with Blue Jeans, a Flannel shirt, small pocket knife, and an old beater 30-06, and out hunt every geared up hunter around.
The man that taught me most of what I learned(in the beginning) about turkey's hunted in "Army Surplus" camo's, with a "Home made" box, and he killed a bird EVERY year(only allowed one a year back then,IF you could find one).
So I say KNOWLEDGE/WOODSMANSHIP. "Old age and skill will over come youth and enthuasim(?) EVERYTIME !!.
How's that? My "NEW" turkey guru?
You cannot top knowledge
I rank them in this order:
2. Knowledge of the bird
3. Calling Ability
4. Good Camo
5. Equipment (I assume the firearm is the biggest issue here)
Big O you crack me up. I left you a story on your last question. Hope it will suffice.
One of my friends can call with the best using a mouth call. He has taken exactly one jake in the last 3 years.
Oh, and "Big" I would like to add Beekeeper has forgotten more than I know about Turkys. Now slide over and make room under the porch.
OH! O.K I kept it warm for ya.
Woodsmanship. After that I think having a good place to hunt full of animals is pretty important. You can be the best hunter in the world but if your land is void of game your gonna strike out.
I wouldn't say that. You are pretty tough guy to hold a candle too!
Well that means we've got two "guru's" now!!!YES !!!
Bee, Can I carry your calls for you next time you go out turkey hunting? Maybe I could mop your brow while you call haha. A hundred no make that a thousand years from now folks will sit around campfires and tell stories about Neil Cost, Ben Rogers Lee, Beekeeper and Cooper (Clay not the late Colonel) When my name is mentioned it will be Del who? It's not half bad under here with Big.
Everything is definatley essential for turkey hunting.
woodsmanship and knowledge of the game. Modern technology can only take you so far, though taht is always farther and farther they are never going to completely take over hunting with technology, unless you get a radio controlled robot with 12 gauge arms which would be fun but is it really hunting?
I long for the old days. I began my turkey hunting career with a Browning Sweet 16 with and IC barrel. I used 1 1/8 ounce of #6 in a high brass load. Dumped every bird I pulled the trigger on. My calls were a Lynch Fool Proof (hand me down), a snuff can call made from a real Snuff can (Rose Bud I think) and a Tom Gaskins scratch box. My locator call was a Barred Owl, the real kind! No 4 wheelers, no peacock locator calls and no nimrods trying to blow the reeds out of a mouth call! Didn't know what I had...
Everybody is 'on this one' with no one saying the first instead of the latter.
I liked Bourjaily's answer, add the importance of patience too: and although the answer of "knowledge etc" is correct, secretly even the pros are thinking "all of the above" at least to some degree [including patience].
I have run into hunters who probably know all this but forget and start thinking being a good caller is most important. Once you call a bird up just using clucks you won't ever value it so highly. Having said all that, it is a pleasure to be hunting with a good caller and it can make a difference.
Knowledge of the boid and woodsmanship!! I've had turks within 10 yards without calling a single time. Got to know where they was, where they going and be patient enough to be in between when they get there.
i think its all of the above. during deer seaon one year i saw tons of turkeys i said during spring gobbler season there mine but got a rude awakeing and i hunted HARD i put ever drop or sweat blood and tears into it but nothing in the woods but by dumb luck walking back to the truck there he stood about 75 yards out and having shot many rounds threw that gun i felt i could get him dropped down to 1 knee and let old MAD MAXX bark one time that 3 1/2 inch never does me worng needless to say i had turkey breast the next day sometimes being luck is better then being good
Agreed with Beekeeper and + 1 for you sir!!!
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