Once in a while you strike a lone tom that gobbles like hell at your every yelp, comes in on a string, and gets shot at 20 steps for his trouble. But these birds are pretty rare, especially in the Eastern hardwoods. Most gobblers you encounter now will be henned-up to some degree. You have a few choices when dealing with such a bird. Leave him to find a hot, solo tom. Stay home and wait for things to get better. Or go ahead and kill the sucker right now.
Henned-up turkeys are a challenge, but a few adjustments to your strategy can really help your odds. The three tactics shown in this video have always worked pretty well for me. They include:
- Aggressive calling to the boss hen
- A strutter-decoy ambush
- Fanning and turkey reaping
Have some tricks of your own for henned-up gobblers? Leave us a comment and tell us what they are.