For the hunter in all of us, spring means more than just nice weather – it means turkey season! Getting back in the woods and hearing that first early morning gobble creates quite the rush of excitement. However, it is has the possibility to dull your judgment during crucial times of the hunt. Therefore, here are a few tips and techniques you can use to help you be successful during your turkey hunting season.
One of the most common mistakes people make while hunting turkey is calling entirely too much. Yes, it’s a thrilling experience when you know that a tom is answering your call. Beware, though, as continuing to call back and forth with him can work against you. During this time, one of the best things you can do is stop calling, as the tom will worry he missed an opportunity and will often head your way.
Another valuable tip for turkey hunting is to use the lay of the land to your advantage. Turkeys love to take an easy route and if there are obstacles in the terrain, they may decide your calling attempts are just not worth the effort. In addition, turkeys have a tendency to travel up a hill, rather than down a hill, to calls and decoys. So, if you are in a valley trying to entice a turkey to come down the hill to you, in most cases your attempts will go un-noticed. Knowing these turkey habits increases the likelihood of successfully calling in that spring gobbler you are after.