If you recall, in Turkey Hunting: Outsmarting Loners & Small Gobbler Groups, I mentioned how much easier it was to snare the young, talkative gobblers than the silent loners.
Today is “Better Advice” Day!
Instead of telling you how hard they are to catch, it would be more useful to make some suggestions about how to handle “the quiet ones.”
Experienced hunters know that toms can be silenced by the threat of a storm or when a cold front rolls into an area. Thus, just because you don’t hear turkeys, doesn’t mean that all turkeys have vamoosed!
Most of the wild turkeys harvested each year are 2 year old “chatterers.” Perhaps those that survive that first season learn to subdue their gobbling.
Changing Your Technique
When selecting a set-up site, it is important to find an area that has less-rather-than-more underbrush. With too much cover, the silent toms can sneak up and spy on you long before you see them!
While scoping out a spot, find one that is fairly level. Without a doubt, the tom will pop up where you don’t expect him. If there’s a rise for him to come over and startle you — he will.
Settling In Position
You’ve found a likely spot, gotten everything settled — now let things get quiet. After a few minutes, softly call to a tom – just a short series.
If all remains quiet, try again in 15 minutes, or so. Toms are often slow to respond, so don’t rush things. Plan to sit there, calling softly every 15 minutes, or so — for the next hour.
Otherwise, stay absolutely silent and still.
What We Learned From Studying Turkeys and UV Brighteners
After the issue of UV Brighteners came up a few years ago, considerable time and money was spent studying how turkeys and deer see.
The topic is way too complicated for a quick explanation, you can refer to the following articles for more info:
- Turkey Hunting: Survival Skills Turkeys Use to Stay Out of Your Oven,
- Hunting News: Why You Just Might Not Get a Turkey or Deer this Year and/or
- UV Brighteners: We’ve Got the News.
What we learned is that turkeys aren’t notified of your presence by the “blue blob” of your UV brightened clothes, but by the UV brightened clothes MOVING!
From that we know that stillness and silence are critical in hunting turkeys.
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