Early in the spring season, when turkey flocks are still in winter formation, your one or two decoys may not be enough to attract a gobbler. So create a flock.
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Osceola Hunt. Location: Frasier Family Farms, Polk County, Florida.
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Your guide to turkey guns, loads and chokes for spring 2010
Man's best friend for tens-of-thousands of years, the domestic dog has filled specific niches as a hunter, guard and beast of burden. Just how long we’ve manipulated the genetic code of dogs and bred them to fill those roles has been debated. However, new DNA evidence from a canine-like animal in central Asia has begun to put the debate to rest. [ Read Full Post ]
This newly ordained longbeard has arrived on the scene and is ready for some action. After being bullied out of the breeding loop as a jake, he wants to play the game and seems to know he can. He’s the bird many of us end up killing in the spring. He’s not always easy. Some different tactics might be needed. [ Read Full Post ]
Human-habituated wild turkeys, those used to mankind and missing some essential wildness, are giving hunting a bad name around the country—not to mention disrupting law enforcement efforts nationwide. It’s a disgrace really.
I’ve chased spring gobblers and fall turkeys since I was a kid, and this stuff never happens to me. Blink an eye at the wrong time and gobblers run. Move while they’re hunting down the sound of your calling and it’s a quick alarm putt and goodbye. They’re the most paranoid game bird on the planet. Why wild turkeys are attacking cops is anyone’s guess. [ Read Full Post ]
It might sound like a conundrum, but turkey hunters who spend a lot of time scouting do not spend much time hunting. That’s because gunners who pay their dues before the season opens usually know where and when to get birds and then get them fast when the guns roar.
There’s no such thing as over-scouting. But it’s wise to scout quickly and cover as much country as possible. Try these hard-core tips to pinpoint your gobbler this spring. [ Read Full Post ]
Can’t find spring gobblers while scouting? Try this long box call turkey locating tactic.
Hold your long box call high in the air near a likely gobbler spot, cradled in one hand while stroking the paddle against the sounding board’s lip. Make yelping and cutting (fast clucking) with rising excitement, then stop and listen. A gobble may come at the end of this series, or a bird might cut you off as you call. [ Read Full Post ]
J.P. Morris is a confirmed bowhunter and the wild turkey is one of his favorite pursuits. He’s one of those guys who would rather miss a bird at 20 yards with a bow, than jelly-head him at 50 with a 12ga. He’s all about the challenge and last weekend the challenge was the Osceola turkey opener in South Florida.
Osceolas are one of the most sought after trophies in North America; and for good reason. They are hard to locate and can be downright tough to kill. Unlike Eastern birds that seem to gobble just to be heard, the Osceola tends to gobble good morning from the roost and then may just shut up for the rest of day. You know he’s out there, but never quite sure where. He’ll come to the call, but he can be slow on the approach and does a lot of watching and waiting. He is as likely to hang up as not and sometimes just seems to lose interest in anything you throw at him. It’s a tough hunt with a shotgun and as tough as they come with a bow. [ Read Full Post ]
Ever get a gobbler fired up, wait for what seems like long enough, and then stand up only to flush it right behind you? Yep me too. Busted! Here are some other sounds you should listen for to zero in on non-gobbling turkeys approaching your setup.
Bird and animal noises: Squirrels barking and chittering, blue jays screeching and crows cawing wildly can key you into a turkey’s movements in your direction. I’ve killed a gobbler or two this way when other wildlife let me know that big bird was coming.
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