Turkey hunting 101?

Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by krisko09, Sep 24, 2012.

  1. krisko09

    krisko09 New Member

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    So, I've decided, after much persuasion from a few co-workers, to start turkey hunting this spring. Problem is, I'll be completely clueless. I've never hunted a day of turkey season in my life.

    I was hoping to get some "Sping Turkey 101"! The basics, tips, gear, when/where/how to set up, etc.

    I could read 100 articles and still not get the in depth knowledge that a few seasoned vets can give me. (something I learned in the military :rollseyes: )
     
  2. ineverFTF

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    A shotgun is a good place to start :p.

    Wish i could be more helpful. Just went for my first hunt last season so i am going to subscribe and learn along side you.


    Just to give us a little help. Where are you hunting? Environment? Stand, ground, blind?
     

  3. krisko09

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    Central IL.. idk where exactly yet, either at a buddies farm if he decides to go or some public land :rollseyes: (i hate hunting public land..)

    The farm is about 75/25 (open/timbered) with a decent pond.

    The public land is heavily timbered with a big lake.

    I dont know what my means will be as far as blind or ground, was hoping to get that from this thread lol. Don't even know what a good turkey load would be.
     
  4. ineverFTF

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    20ga or 12ga?

    I use 3in with #4 or 5 shot with a "flight control wad". Sounds silly but it actually works. Let me push out to 40 yard shots.
    I use a remington 870 20ga 3in mag.
     
  5. CourtJester

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    If I could hunt only one thing it would be turkey hands down.

    Best thing you can do is go to YouTube and spend a few days.

    Personally, I'm fond of hitting the hillside right at sun down with a few owl hoots. The next morning, Set up about 75 to 150 yards from where you hear them gobble. The tree should be larger than your shoulder width. cuts out the view. A few yelps, one stupid crazy cackle, then cut the yelps to 4 to 5 minute intervals. If you get them in sight but too far out, purring is best. If another hen comes into play, copy her to a T. As soon as she does something, do the exact same thing as best you can. It'll piss her off. If she comes to you, so too will the Tom.
    Fire away sir.
    12 years and 32 beards hanging.
     
  6. krisko09

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    .......+1.
     
  7. Jim1611

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    Turkeys have excellent eye sight and hearing. Keep both of these in mind at all times. Learn to use a few different calls, ie. diaphram, box, slate just to name a few. Also a hoot owl call is a good locator before daylight. With a little practice it's not hard to do that one without a call. If you manage to call one in don't move to shoot unless he's got his head behind a tree. If you can't see his head he can't see you. Setup makes a big difference. Turkeys hardly ever fly over a fence, ecpet off the roost, or cross a stream or gulley to come to a call so keep barriers like this from coming in between you and him. Also don't be afriad to get aggresive and go after one that gobbling but won't come to you. If you move though rmember the first 2 rules. Keeping a hill between you and him helps or even get down and crawl through a low spot even a dry creek bed. Gotta be careful about stalking a turkey though and don't get shot by another hunter! Once you start this it's like an addiction too!
     
  8. cswann1

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    In my experience with Rio Grande gobblers in Texas, the Spring season is ALL about timing. When the time is right you can rattle a paper bag and the toms will almost jump in your lap. It's brief, seems like maybe a week. But when they are hot, all you need do is listen and call. Get set up in some cover with a camo mask to hide your face, and call em in.
     
  9. Old_Crow

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    The first thing you need to do is determine are there enough turkeys to bother with hunting on the land you have permission to hunt. Scouting should be a year round job. Being in the right place at the right time will bag more turkeys than a class turkey caller
     
  10. akers06

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    I have consistently killed turkeys on public land here in southern Ohio for the last ten years plus I do a lot of guiding and calling for friends and family the number one tip I can give you is always try to.call the turkey up hill and set up so.that as soon as he peaks over the hill he is in range....what other questions can I help.you out with
     
  11. krisko09

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    What calls are most effective in to spring, how aggressively to call in spring, whats a good turkey load/choke.. the basics lol
     
  12. Old_Crow

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    This might sound stupid but I see a lot of hunters do it. Set up in turkey's spring range. So many people see a lot of turkeys when they are deer hunting. Then go back to the turkeys fall range and hunt. I do most of my spring scouting from my truck. On cloudy days turkeys will come out into the fields. If they are in a field I have permission to hunt I just set up near the area where I last saw them.
     
  13. akers06

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    Don't call anymore than you have to now don't get me wrong there have been a few turkeys that I have really had to tear a call up to get em in but most of the time you need to.call some get their attention then shut up and play a soft call every now and then just to keep his attention and it will drive an ol tom nuts and he will come running in......do you have a gun.yet if not the best cheaper gun for turkeys is a winchester 1300, I have had a lot of different turkey guns I've had remingtons, mossbergs, winchesters, benellis, stoegers, ithicas, brownings and I always end up coming back to a 1300 that's what I have now this makes the 4th one I have had the only guns I've had rival it is a benelli Nova and a STOEGER m3500 but both of those guns were shooting a 3 1/2" shell and the 1300 only shoots a 3" and all 3 guns were pretty close and the 3" shells are about 5-7 dollars cheaper for a box of shells compared to the 3 1/2".....with shells all I shoot are the federal mag shok copper plated lead turkey loads with the flight control wads in #4 or #5 shot you don't need to.go.blow money on that expensive hevi shot.....as far as chokes you need to find a choke with a constriction somewhere between .060-.080 of your original bore size for example in the benelli I shot a .660 choke tube and the bore size is .727 and my 1300 bore size is .732 and I shoot a .665 choke...as far as choke brands its really all in how much you wanna spend a good cheap choke is the h.s strut undertaker, a good medium range choke is the primos jelly head then you get up into.your high end chokes which all.of them are good I really like the kicks gobblin thunder.....the first thing you need to do with you turkey gun is to put your turkey choke in.it and shoot a low powered cheap.shell at about 15 yards and make sure your pattern is centered if it ain't you need to.get some adjustable rifled sights or some sort of red dot or a scope....I hope this helps and whatever else you wanna know just ask away....sorry its sloppy and it don't have the right punctuation I done all of this on my phone lol
     
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  14. Old_Crow

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    Really, you shouldn't even need a call if you are in the right place. We hunt as teams, one caller, one shooter. Quite often one of us takes a bird before any calling is done. Both of us have taken a bird in 15 minutes before. I was calling so I let my buddy go in first and get set up. I flushed the birds that flew right to him. He shot a tom. His shot turned the birds around. They ran right to me. I got a jake because I really couldn't pick a bird while they were running.
     
  15. akers06

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    Are you talking about spring turkey hunting or fall
     
  16. krisko09

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    From the little bit of reading I've done that sounds like fall. I'm asking about spring..
     
  17. Old_Crow

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    This was spring hunting. Turkeys are not as territorial as one is led to believe. Hens stay in a flock until they start setting on their eggs.
     
  18. akers06

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    Idk where you are hunting at but you ain't going to hunt the like that where I hunt at
     
  19. Old_Crow

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    Not many people enjoy the same hunting privileges as I do. Due to the years I have spent in the horse business I have many contacts with farmers that control thousands of acres. Given that I have access to so much land I can scout from a truck says a lot. I am not traveling to hunt only 200 acres, no matter how prime the 200 acres might be. Weather conditions could easily stop me from ever really hunting the area during my stay. I will travel to hunt 10,000 acres in numerous parcels. I know I will find a suitable area no matter what the conditions might be.