Oops! That Turkey Sees Me!

This is an ongoing series of suggestions for modified hunter behavior – so you can snag a spring turkey.  If you spook a gobbler, your chances of hauling him home drop through the floor!

Being Spotted in the Woods

If you are moving through the woods and a turkey spots you, I’ve only found one successful way to react — stand like a statue or a stump.  Sometimes, my stony stance and indifferent air will convince him I’m harmless.

 

If You are Caught "With Your Pants Down" while Hunting, How can You Turn this Disaster into a Successful Hunt?

Being Spotted in an Open Area

Since there’s nothing to hide behind, dropping to the ground and blending in with the dust is your best chance.

However, I have a friend who always turkey hunts with a few collapsible Feather Flex decoys.  He drags them out of his pack while he’s face-down on the ground.

Slowly, but surely, he slowly moves the hen to a place in front of his face.  As he’s putting the hen up in position, he starts to softly purr and cluck.

He also moves the hen’s head in position to be pecking.  Gradually, he increases the speed of his clucking so the turkey hen sounds excited with what she’s found on the ground.

According to my friend:  More than 75% of the gobblers will watch, instead of bolt immediately.  As he gets caught up in the “hen’s behavior,”  the gobbler tends to forget the human he just saw.  He comes closer to investigate!

If the gobbler sees you in the open field and you don’t have a decoy, the only recourse is to lie flat and hope!

A Trick that Doesn’t Work for Me

Personally, I don’t have much luck with this trick — but others swear by it.

By lying flat and staying motionless, others promise that most  gobblers will be so curious that they will move closer for a look.  Then you can get a  shot!

This just might be one of those things where you have to believe!

Caution

Before buying a bunch of hen decoys, make sure they are legal in your state!

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Published in: on March 18, 2011 at 10:08 am  Comments Off on Oops! That Turkey Sees Me!  
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Another Mistake Turkey Hunters Make

I’m about 1/2 way through the ways hunters make mistakes when hunting turkey.  This is an ongoing series of suggestions for modified hunter behavior – so you can snag a spring turkey.

Turkeys are quick to jump and run, so it is up to hunters to disguise their actions, so gobblers aren’t spooked.

 

Only those Gobblers that learn to recognize human movement live to see another day!

Errors Hunters Make in Walking

Walking is so much a part of us that we don’t think about it.  However, gobblers are listening very carefully.

If you take some time to watch turkeys move about (during this period before turkey season), you will learn to avoid the mistakes of many hunters.

Learning to Walk Like a Turkey

Turkeys spend much of their time searching for food.  They don’t march from Point A to Point B with a purposeful step, but take their time, scratching for food.

Remember, if you don’t sound like a turkey, you can only sound like a human.  And humans are trouble.

Thus, when you are walking, you must make turkey noises, not human noises. Turkeys move erratically.  When you are walking, it is important to vary the number of steps and the speed of your walking.

Take two steps, wait, take a step, wait, take 4 steps, wait, etc.  Cluck and purr softly while moving.  Scratch the leaves with your foot occasionally.

Watch Turkeys Scratch in Pre-Season

It’s valuable exercise to watch turkeys scratch while they are moving.  There is usually a cadence (rhythm) to their scratching.  Often it sounds like:  scratch; scratch-scratch; scratch.

You may also see contented hens scratching the earth, looking for food.  They usually make soft clucking and purring noises as they feed.

Vary Your Walking Patterns According to Terrain

If you are walking through a pine tree area, turkeys move more quickly than in a field of acorns and oak trees.

Around acorns, turkeys move slowly because they are looking for food, scratching for insects, etc.

Copy their behaviors for a more successful turkey hunt!

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Published in: on March 15, 2011 at 9:21 am  Comments Off on Another Mistake Turkey Hunters Make  
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The 3rd Mistake Turkey Hunters Make

This is an ongoing series on mistakes turkey hunters make — and how to correct them.  Today’s is a problem we have all faced at one time or another….

The turkey has one of the smallest ‘killing zones’ — specifically the brain, head and neck. A turkey’s brain is the size of a walnut! Have you checked your shotgun's scatter pattern yet?

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When a Turkey Catches You in a Bad Position

The first inkling that you have that a turkey is close, is his gobble-gobble-gobble.  Suddenly, your realize you are about 40 yards from a big tom.

When this close, only give soft purrs. *  Rub your shirt against a tree, to copy the sound of a hen brushing against a tree as she is feeding.

Scratch the leaves and ground lightly — to sound like a hen scratching for food.

When the Turkey is Gobbling from his Roost

In this situation, you will want the gobbler to come to you from his roost.  Never shoot a turkey out of his roost.  The entire herd will immediately vacate the area. They may move miles away.

You can know where the roost is, just don’t shoot into it.  Your goal is to get the gobbler out of his roost and on the ground.

This is the time to call aggressively, using the cluck. ** Effective use of the cluck will hopefully bring the tom flying down from his roost, looking for that waiting hen.

Let the Turkey Tom Be Your Guide

If the tom is close and only calling a little, you do the same.  Purr softly, scratch the ground, rub against a tree.

If he doesn’t respond in 15 to 20 minutes, try more aggressive behavior.  Get some serious clucking going.  You want him to think he’s the only one NOT at the party!

Hopefully, curiosity will overcome his natural skittishness, so you can get a shot!

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* Listen to the purr audio on this page, so you can perfect yours!

** Practice the cluck sound (first one in the list), so you can assure the gobbler that you are a hen waiting just for him.

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Next time: Another Mistake Hunters Make While  Trying to Snag a Turkey!

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Published in: on March 14, 2011 at 7:25 am  Comments Off on The 3rd Mistake Turkey Hunters Make  
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Sunday Special: Sporting Life Rear Window Graphics

Most Sundays, I show off some of my new graphics.  Recently, I’ve been adding to a new section, Sporting Life Window Decals.

‘In the Tube’ – When Man and Nature Move Together

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'American Race Fan' - Let Everyone Know Your Interest!

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'Dream Grab' - Shows Some Great Snowboarding Action!

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'Mountain Biker at Sunset' is a National Geographic Photo!

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'Soccer Balls' is a Unique Way to Show What Game You Play!

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All of these Graphics are used by permission of their manufacturers —

1st & 3rd images are used by permission of Restyler’s Choice Graphics

2nd, 4th & 5th images are used by permission of Vantage Point Graphics

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Come Back Monday: 3rd Mistake of Turkey Hunters

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In case you haven’t noticed:

My Professional Sport Teams Graphics (MBL, NBA, NFL)

and

College Sport Teams Graphics

are gone until the

Re-Licensing Negotiations are Completed!

Hope to have them back soon!

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Have You Seen These?  Previous Sunday Collections

Rear Window Graphics of Fishing

Wildlife Rear Window Graphics

Window Stickers of Wolves

Sunday Special: Birds of a Feather!

 

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More than 1050 Rear Window Graphics in 28 Categories!

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A Turkey Breeding Video

The following video shows the slow dance of turkey mating.  The film is almost 10 minutes.  If you advance the picture to 2 minutes, you will be closer to the action.

 

Note that the gobbler is watchful until he is breeding.  That is the time of greatest danger of getting shot.

 

I get questions about how long it takes for a turkey to breed — I felt this video answered the question.  The video is from You Tube.

Next time: We will return to mistakes turkey hunters make!

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Published in: on March 11, 2011 at 7:47 am  Comments Off on A Turkey Breeding Video  
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Turkey Hunting Mistake #2: Sneezing & Wheezing

Make no mistake, turkeys are some of the smartest opponents you will ever meet!  They may not have much gray matter, but they use every cell that they have.

How many of us can say that?

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These Gobblers are Strutting Their Stuff to Attract Females!

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When You Just Have to Sneeze or Cough

It has happened to each of us — you simply have to sneeze or cough.  Generally, it is a behavior that spooks turkeys.  However, the purpose of this blog  it to help you with alternate solutions.

If you are in or near woods, be sure to carry your deer grunt tube.  Right after sneezing or coughing, use your grunt caller to cover the sound.  Turkeys are used to hearing deer in the woods.

If you are not in an area where deer might hide or stay, then use your turkey caller to cover the sound.  A cluck or two may persuade a turkey that it is just another turkey making noise.

The gist of this problem is that you must never leave a human sound out there — always follow it with an animal sound.

Turkeys are skittish animals by nature, so it is important to assure them that the noise is a natural part of the area.  There are a variety of squeaks and squawks in nature, use them to cover your sound.

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‘Proud Crowd’ used by permission of Restyler’s Choice Graphics

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Come back tomorrow for the next thrilling chapter!

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Published in: on March 10, 2011 at 9:37 am  Comments Off on Turkey Hunting Mistake #2: Sneezing & Wheezing  
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Let’s Go Turkey Hunting – Mistakes Hunters Make

Out-smarting a turkey isn’t as easy as it sounds.  You need to make fewer mistakes than your adversary.

That may not seem to be too hard, but you have different things at stake.  You may feel bad if you don’t get a turkey, but the turkey will feel badly if you do!

Here are some of the most common errors that hunters make, in no particular order.  I also make some suggestions for avoiding these mistakes.

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A Turkey's Brain is the Size of a Walnut; but He Uses Every Neuron to Stay Out of Your Oven!

Mistake # 1:  Crummy Calling

Right now is the perfect time to practice your turkey calling.  Not sure of how your calls should sound?  No problem.

The Wild Turkey Federation has a website with samples of the 11 most common calls for your listening-and-learning pleasure.  Practice with the best!

You are out in the field and you have done a good job of calling turkeys.  Suddenly, you hit a sour note.  What do you do?

If you do the wrong thing, turkeys will be startled.  A spooked gobbler is a turkey that … ‘has left the building’ (along with Elvis)!

If your performance hits a bad note, keep on calling!  It is just one note in many.  However, if you stop there, gobblers will be spooked because they will notice the off-key note, since your call ended on that sour note.

Listen to hens, they don’t do a perfect job of calling.  They sometimes emit a foul (no pun intended) sound, but they continue.  Take a cue from the hens!

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Published in: on March 9, 2011 at 9:28 am  Comments Off on Let’s Go Turkey Hunting – Mistakes Hunters Make  
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Today’s Joke: A New Weapon

Ruger is coming out with a new pistol in honor of Obama.

It will be named the “Union Worker”.

It doesn’t work and you can’t fire it.

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Published in: on March 8, 2011 at 9:33 am  Comments Off on Today’s Joke: A New Weapon  
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Do You Know? Quick Outdoor Water Safety Tip

You are hiking in an unfamiliar area and are running low on water.  You find a meandering stream of water.

You put some sand and charcoal in a sock and allow the river water to seep through the sock — to remove the impurities.

Is it safe to drink now?

Assume all the Water You Find in the Outdoors is Contaminated

 

No.  It must be boiled — or chemically treated.

How long should it boil before you know the water is safe to drink?

Clean Water = Life!

Suspect water must be boiled or chemically treated.

The rule of thumb is:

Boil water for 1 minute plus 1 minute for each 1000 feet over sea level.

 

Thus, if you are 2000 ft. above sea level, you must boil the water for a total of 3 minutes: 1 minute for sea level and 1 minute for each 1000 ft. above sea level!

This is the absolute minimum.

 

If you have the fuel, boil longer.

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Published in: on March 7, 2011 at 12:05 am  Comments Off on Do You Know? Quick Outdoor Water Safety Tip  
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Sunday Special: National Geographic Photo Graphics!

Just for a change, this is National Geographic Rear Window Graphic week!  However, their graphics aren’t just in one category.  They are in many categories — but each has been clearly labeled as “National  Geographic Photo!”

Sporting Life Rear Window Graphics 

Catch the Thrill of the Ride with this National Geographic Photo!

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Outdoor & Wildlife Rear Window Murals

Elk in a Fateful Battle in Yellowstone Park!

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Religious Image Rear Window Glasscapes

Famous Statue in Rio de Janeiro:  Christ the Redeemer

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Aircraft & Ships Rear Window Graphics 

A Dramatic and Eye-Catching Scene with an F-18

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Wolf Back Glass Decals 

"What Do You Mean? I AM Smiling!"

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Horses Back Windshield Stickers

Some Handsome Horses Enjoying a Summer Day!

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As you can see, National Geographic photos are in most categories!  All graphics that are from National Geographic Photo start with V-100xxx.

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All of these Graphics are used by permission of their manufacturer:  Vantage Point Graphics

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Come Back Monday: For an exciting article on hunting, fishing or camping.

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