The taste of freshly baked turkey is just so heavenly. If you have spent your hours and energy to catch that turkey, it will definitely be extra tasty and lip-smacking.
Turkey hunting is one of the most exciting and also one of the most exhilarating games. Turkeys are not only blessed with a heightened sense of smell but they have been given very sharp eyesight. You have to be very careful at every step you take when you want to catch yourself a big fat turkey.
Here are my tips for hunting turkeys-
- Since turkeys have a keen eyesight, you must definitely wear a facemask. If you could cover your body from head to toe, it will be an added benefit.
- Tag a friend along with you. Try to go for someone who has had experience in turkey hunting before.
- The best time to hunt a turkey is the middle of the day. Make sure that you get up and take a position before the birds.
- While camouflage is important, you also need to keep your body concealed so that the birds don’t get alarmed. Try to hide yourself behinds a big tree.
- Do not wear anything that is red, white or blue in color.
- Keep your body in such a position that gives you the most freedom to shoot. Choose your place according to your preference of right hand or left hand.
- Locate the turkeys an evening before you plan on hunting.
- Once you have taken up your position, try to call the birds using some hen calls. You can also go for a box call if you completely new to turkey hunting.
- Do not jump immediately after the birds answer your call. Try to get them into a conversation. Answer according to their calls.
- Turkeys can often track the call and catch you red-handed. If you want to avoid such a situation, use decoys like a hen to distract the turkeys.
- Drape the decoy hens in fluorescent orange color for safety purpose.
- When you see a flock of turkeys approaching your position, pick a bird or two before they reach your spot. Try to go for a gobbler with the biggest head. They make the easiest target.
- Once you shoot the bird of your choice, make sure that she is down in the ground. If not, fire one more shot. Once it is down, go up to it immediately to tag it.
Happy turkey hunting!