Spring Turkey hunting is the holy grail of up close and personal encounters with a wild creature. Few other hunting opportunities afford the up close, in your face action of spring turkey hunting. Having a strutting, gobbling tom just a few feet away in all his glory is enough to keep hunters coming back year after year.
Hunting Spring turkeys takes skill and experience. Over time, you start to build up some wisdom. Through the years, hunters everywhere have figured out several strategies to maximize their chances of success. Here are 3 Spring Turkey Hunting Tips that are sure to increase your chances of success in the Spring.
Three Spring Turkey Hunting Tips:
1) Don’t over think a situation. Turkeys are stupid. This is just a plain and simple fact. The saying “bird brain” didn’t just invent itself. If you don’t believe me, think about it this way. When was the last time you called in several deer, shot one, and then called in another from the same group? My guess is never. I’ve seen this happen countless times while turkey hunting. Big game hunters pride themselves in patterning their game, reading the sign, and guessing the next move their query will make. In turkey hunting, this will often get you into trouble. You’ve got to keep it simple. Food and sex are the basics when it comes to bagging a gobbler. If a gobbler is “henned up” then you can bet he will follow those hens and ignore you. This doesn’t mean the hunt is over, however. While the gobbler is thinking about sex, the hen is thinking about food. Know where they feed and you’re golden. Turkey’s love the edges of fields. If you know the direction they’re coming from, it’s often just a matter of waiting at the edge and staying still.
2) Hunt all day. If you’re a deer hunter, you’re probably used to going home in the afternoon and coming back to hunt that evening. However, every year, thousands of turkeys are killed in the late morning and early afternoon hours. The reason is simple. They are “henned up” in the morning. The hens will go to nest in the late morning and early afternoon. This leaves Mr. Tom looking for a new love interest. People often prefer the morning and evening hunts because turkeys can be hard to pattern during mating season. In the morning, you know they are coming off the roost. In the evening, you know they are going back to the roost. The problem in both cases is those pesky hens. Do yourself a favor and start packing a lunch. Some of the best action is in the early afternoon.
3) Get your gun up and sit still. There’s nothing more frustrating than calling in a big tom only to get caught unprepared. Turkeys key in on movement and it doesn’t take much to get a gobbler to tuck his tail feathers and run. Every year I hear the same stories about someone who gets caught bringing their gun up to a shooting position. This is understandable when a tom comes in quiet. However, if he is gobbling and you know he is coming, it is time to dig in, get your gun up, and get ready to make the shot. Along the same lines, this is where a mouth call becomes invaluable. Once the birds are in sight, you don’t want to be moving around trying to work a box or slate call.
If you have a place to hunt that has a flock of turkey, there is no reason you shouldn’t get a bird or two. Just following these three Spring turkey hunting tips will put you on the right road. You don’t have to be a master caller. You just have to keep it simple, be there at the right time, and make your shot count.