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Helpful turkey hints [message #48933] Thu, 16 February 2012 09:08 Go to next message
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Thought I would start a post on helpful hints when it comes to turkeys. We have several posts that have been taken over with helpful hints. So here is one where we can discuss and give hints for turkeys.

Apply at will and discuss each others posts.


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Re: Helpful turkey hints [message #48934 is a reply to message #48933] Thu, 16 February 2012 09:37 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Calls: I grew up with turkeys and learned to talk with them using my mouth. Have taken and have had even more turkeys killed by others by using my mouth. No call just my God given tongue. Problem is as I get older and those mountains take more air out of my lungs I have had to go to normal calls. I love a box call, lynchs and ones I have made. A slate/glass call are the other calls I carry. Simple hint, learn to use one real good before moving to the next call. A person can go on line and see and hear how turkeys sound.

As for calling go light if you are not sure of your ability. Yes on tv we see where these guys are barking out calls like a train coming through the woods but most of the time you do not need that.

Gun: Know your range and pattern and stick to that. I have shot a 16ga since I started back when I was 8 and have used the same gun ever since. Two years ago I changed shells from Winchester 6 shot to Fionchi nickel plated 5 shot. Pattern and range dictated this change. If you have one of those guns that is deadly at 50 yards then carry that. I know my range is 40 yards and I have taken a few turkeys at 45 yards only because I missed judged the distance. But most of my birds fall around 20 yards.

Scouting: I fully believe in scouting. If I'm on ground I know then my scouting is done by the road then the night before I owl call to birds going on the roost. Come morning I know where I am going to be setting. If I am on ground that is new to me then I learn by the old and new way. Google earth gives me great info but boots on the ground cannot be replaced.
Another form of scouting I love to do is learn a old boss toms route. Some of these guys are so set in their route that one can set their clock to it. I have taken several birds by just setting for a few days and watching and listening to an old bird. Then putting myself in his path and never calling just stopping him when he comes by with a load of shot.

Decoys: I love to use these for my son. Yep birds will come to these but I use them for my sons distraction. I do not use them in tight areas only in field and some of the open woods I hunt. But I seldom use them when I am by myself.
Last thing starting this post. Just because a tom shuts up on his way in does not mean he is not coming. Set still and let him come. I have had several old birds go around me and come in from my back. Needless to say most of those birds out smarted me but it was a great learning experience.


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Re: Helpful turkey hints [message #48935 is a reply to message #48934] Thu, 16 February 2012 10:58 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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thats GREAT info!!! when i first started turkey hunting (and im no pro) it was soooo hard not to call all the time..i think that was my biggest mistake was i called WAY to much. over the past few years i've gotten alittle more aggressive with my calling and i've learnd to shut up...it seems to work for me. but hell who knows i have get to shoot one..lol (im no pro) but i've called in a few birds and one for my sons first hunt a few years ago. a 50yd shot with a .410 and DROPPED that bird in his tracks!! so i know i'm doing something right... Smile good luck to all this season
Re: Helpful turkey hints [message #48938 is a reply to message #48935] Thu, 16 February 2012 12:52 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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bill if you want to hunt with me this season thats cool!! Smile
Re: Helpful turkey hints [message #48940 is a reply to message #48938] Thu, 16 February 2012 13:18 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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can you feel the love???? lol
Re: Helpful turkey hints [message #48941 is a reply to message #48940] Thu, 16 February 2012 14:09 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Feel the love. I would more worried he is trying to get something by poking you. poking Just wondering what he is after. lol

One more important safety lesson when it comes to decoys. Be carefull of other idiots when using your decoys. I have had a guy try and sneak up and shoot my decoy. Shooting the decoy would have been bad enough but the fact that I was in the line of fire was a bit nerve racking.


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Re: Helpful turkey hints [message #48942 is a reply to message #48941] Thu, 16 February 2012 14:57 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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lol.....walter not sure...j/k but if anyone wants to hunt with me let me know... Smile
Re: Helpful turkey hints [message #48947 is a reply to message #48934] Thu, 16 February 2012 18:55 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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great post,, this is what this forum should be about. I too use my "own" mouth call when doing yelps and my kids have learned too... keep the hints coming !!!! Oh, I also like waking up the wife during turkey season using my owl hoot using my own vocal chords as well.......who cooks for youuuuuu, who cooks for youuuuuuuu,,,,,,,

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Re: Helpful turkey hints [message #48955 is a reply to message #48947] Thu, 16 February 2012 20:43 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Undertaker that is some great advice who cooks for youuuuuuu that is until her alarm clock comes smashing against my head or wall.

Firstflight111 I will scout this early in an area I have never hunted. Not so much for trying to find turkey but so I can get a lay of the land, locate nesting cover and spot any obsticles that might pose a problem, ie creek, FENCE, revine and so on. After that I leave the area alone until nearer season. Then I spot from road and by sound. Early morning is best for me. Hens coming down off the roost near nesting cover a few mornings in a row has always been a great way for me to locate toms. A gooble does not hurt either. I very seldom call in my scouting. I just do not want an old tom to get use to me. I want him to hear my nastyy hot prom date call until season.

I do see your point of not trudging through, yep i ad libed that, and area before season. But one pass through teaches me what and where things are. Well worth a pass through.

On a side not. How is it that a 1200 lb bull can walk through a fence without hardly moving a strand but a tom will not go through, under or over it. One of those questions that may never be answered.

And you guys are supposed to add tips/tricks and ask questions.. Lets make this post work for all of us.


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Re: Helpful turkey hints [message #48962 is a reply to message #48955] Thu, 16 February 2012 23:48 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I am not making fun of you or poking at you. So do not take any this that way.

Ok here we go. I started this thread so we could learn from each other. Firstflight111 how can I see a turkey roost or trail from google earth. Or do you mean that one can find where turkey will be roosting from the lay of the land?

I spend a good bit of time studing google eath, mapquest, aireal photos and some other resources to look at. But I know that google earth will not give me up to date photos, or close photos to see deer trails. That is I am assuming you mean deer trails not turkey trails. Very Happy (alright I did poke a little there. Hang around me and you will know I kid about everything including myself.) But most important part is that they can by no means show me mud slides, trees that have fallen, or steep revines under that canopy photo that is years old.

But I love to learn new ways of doing things so please tell us how. This is why I started this post so we all can learn from each other. Just like no one turkey is the same as the next none of us hunt the same way. And none of us are so good at this that we are perfect.


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Re: Helpful turkey hints [message #48991 is a reply to message #48962] Fri, 17 February 2012 18:23 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I had this nice long thing typed up and hit the wrong button. banghead haha we need one of these things that shows a guy rubbing is eyes in frustration.

The short version. Mud/hill slides I was talking about are over in WV where I do a good bit of my hunting. As for satalite photos. Some of those photos are 10 years old. I know of photos from google earth that show a nice old hard wood stand that now is a clear cut for a strip mine. I also know photos that show a strip mine that is freshly reclaimed that but when I pulled up on it recently it has grouse cover and grouse. I also know photos that show nothing but tree canopy but you can not see that fence put in two years ago.

So for me satalites do not anything but give me a decent idea of the area. For you and others they work just fine. I like to know all that is around me when I am after a turkey. Different ways of doing it for us and just think of this They both work.

You got anything to add about the other topics or a new thing.

Heck if anyone has a question they would like answered just ask. Im sure I have all the answers Rolling Eyes or if not someone will tell me the correct answer and I will pretend I knew that. giggle


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Re: Helpful turkey hints [message #49142 is a reply to message #48991] Sat, 25 February 2012 18:42 Go to previous messageGo to previous message
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when i get a new spot and have to check it out ..i go in late like after 2 .i walk around the edge of a field slow i look more for tracks feeding areas dusts bowls then turkeys ..tracks wil tell you were there heading after they leave the roost..it will give you some direction were they came from
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