Turkey Hunting Tips for Beginners

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If you can try to make it out before the sun raises, you may see the turkeys getting from the trees and see where they’re heading and also try to make it out when the birds are preparing to roost. Watching the turkeys for these couple of weeks gives you the perfect spot to place your blind or where you would like to sit down on the ground. If you do end up walking out to where you may want to sit make certain that you clear away all the leaves and branches, so when you do go out you will not have all this sound.

Second tip, making sure that you are wearing the correct clothing. Some people think sitting in a blind means they can wear whatever dark clothing they want but that isn’t the case. You want to make sure you’re wearing the right camouflage which suits the foliage around you. When wearing dark clothing from the blind you create a shadow figure when you have the windows opened. I know some of you are thinking you don’t have the windows wide open but even once you have them half way opened, there’s enough light to create a shadow of you and the turkeys can see that if they look into the blind. Plus wearing camouflage gives you the option to hunt in the blind or on the floor.

Third tip, having some turkey decoys to sit out is really beneficial. Some hunters want the top of the line turkey decoys but you do not need top of the line decoys, just ones that are realistic looking. Some might ask how many decoys would you set out, well that’s up to you. Some hunters will put out 2 to 4 hens using a jack decoy or a full strutting tom. Having a jack or tom decoy helps draw in a jack or tom since they don’t want that other bird getting the hens. But in the end putting the turkey out decoys the way you want is what is important.

The final tip. Using the ideal turkey calls. There are 5 distinct kinds of turkey calls and they’re the push button call, box call, friction/slate call, diaphragms/mouth telephone and locator. Push button calls create a realistic yelps, clucks and purrs with a simple push of a button. Box calls are flexible, great sounding and comparatively simple to use. Putts, purrs, clucks and yelps come to life with box calls. Friction/slate calls are known for their realistic high-pitched sounds which carry well over space. Diaphragms/mouth calls allow hunters to generate soft clucks and purrs that can reach high frequencies. They serve as great long range calls. The locator call does just what the name says, it locates where the gobblers are. All of these calls are good and will take some practice. But in the long run you use what is going to work best for you.

Now that you’ve got the basics for turkey hunting, get out there and start scouting and practicing on those calls. As always be safe and good luck.


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