If fishing ‘rings your chime’ rather than turkey hunting, you might wonder when I plan to let the gobblers get some rest. Spring hunting is winding down in some places, while starting up in others.
Rest assured that fishing tips are coming soon. BTW, one of the most important skills you can develop while hunting or fishing is …
Toms are usually bagged by the person who will wait —
- for the tom to respond & come to the hunter’s call,
- for the gobbler to move within range
- for a clear shot
Know Your Tom’s Habits
Left alone, turkeys have a routine. If you can expect what the gobblers will do next, you can get into place to take advantage of their regular patterns of behavior.
Biologists tell us that most of the turkey mating takes place during the mid-morning hours. Turkeys move into agricultural areas (fields) from their hiding places in the woods to:
- mate, and
- dust *
During the heat of the day, as the sun beats down on the dark feathers of the turkeys, they abandon the fields for the cool shade of the trees & woods.
By knowing this, you can situate yourself in a likely spot to surprise the hot and tired toms.
Know the Hunting Patterns in the Area
Turkeys experience the heaviest hunting pressure from daylight until about 9 am. They tend to breed during the mid-morning hours.
Experienced gobblers know that hunters leave hunting by noon. Few hunters are going to sit in the heat without lunch.
Older toms are likely to lower their guard in the heat of the day. Most hunters have left for lunch and the toms are often looking for a hen and a “quickie.”
Surprise the tom by hunting when he doesn’t expect to see you — and you can have turkey for supper!
* Explanation of “dusting”: …”turkeys routinely dust during the mid to late morning hours. Look for an open area with loose soil where the birds have scratched out a “bowl” of loose dirt they can sit in and kick dust over themselves.
There are usually a lot of tracks, droppings and feathers nearby since they do spend quite a bit of time there during the middle of the day just loafing.
Turkeys are really very clean animals and dusting keeps them free of mites, ticks and lice.” (Quoted from a fine article by Rob Ramsdale. Click on the highlighted words to see the info.)
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