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#1257092 - 03/24/09 08:19 PM Re: Turkey hunting newbie [Re: population control]
WTM
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theres a roost there close. look for fairly large trees on the off side of your prevalent winds. then look on the ground for droppings, it might look like green slime, if they hit green stuff before roost.(it acts like a laxative).

then look for some open areas nearby, it could be a small field, large field, logging road, clearing in hardwoods, etc. this could be a good place to setup early morning. birds like warm areas first thing in the morning, usually south side of a slope.

as for an owl call, in 18 years i believe i have had one respond to it(but i still use it), i have had more respond to a diaphram using peacock call, and coyote howls. they dont always gobble in the morning. the first day of season last year my first bird for the year never made a sound, but snuck in on me, he was a 2 year old sentry bird. the other three gobblers were on top of the hill strutting, none made a sound except for the hens.

the best thing you could do to guarantee an opening morning bird is scout those birds and know their patterns. know where they fly down and were they travel from there, then setup somewhere close. if the gobblers get henned up you probably wont call them off, so be where they are going and ambush them. turkeys are so set in their spring patterns you could almost set your watch by them. good luck.

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#1257129 - 03/24/09 08:33 PM Re: Turkey hunting newbie [Re: WTM]
Buck_fever
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 Originally Posted By: WTM
theres a roost there close. look for fairly large trees on the off side of your prevalent winds. then look on the ground for droppings, it might look like green slime, if they hit green stuff before roost.(it acts like a laxative).

then look for some open areas nearby, it could be a small field, large field, logging road, clearing in hardwoods, etc. this could be a good place to setup early morning. birds like warm areas first thing in the morning, usually south side of a slope.


as for an owl call, in 18 years i believe i have had one respond to it(but i still use it), i have had more respond to a diaphram using peacock call, and coyote howls. they dont always gobble in the morning. the first day of season last year my first bird for the year never made a sound, but snuck in on me, he was a 2 year old sentry bird. the other three gobblers were on top of the hill strutting, none made a sound except for the hens.

the best thing you could do to guarantee an opening morning bird is scout those birds and know their patterns. know where they fly down and were they travel from there, then setup somewhere close. if the gobblers get henned up you probably wont call them off, so be where they are going and ambush them. turkeys are so set in their spring patterns you could almost set your watch by them. good luck.


thanks man that helped alot. they were on the side of a ridge when a saw them and my neighbor said they are roosting on the other side of it. thats where they were headed so ill get up probably tommorow morning or the next and see what i hear. I appreciate all you guys replys.

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#1257606 - 03/25/09 08:08 AM Re: Turkey hunting newbie [Re: population control]
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Well i got up at 630 this morniing and went over there again and looked around. And i was walking all over the place and still no sign of turkeys. I was so disapointed!!!! I thought i heard a turkey gobble but it could've been a dog. so I just kept looking around and decided to just go over there on my way out. So i kept on looking and was getting frustrated finding no clearings, just sticker bushes everywhere and i keep running into those freakin spider webs!!!! So i walk towards the supposed gobble when i can see this patch of green. No way!! so i keep getting closer and closer and now i can see the whole feild and no turkeys. Im just standing there looking and all of a sudden i hear a distant gobble. thank you jesus!!!!!! so i threw my rain jacket down and sat down for about 5 mins. Nothing happened. so I stood up and inched forward step by step and i spotted a hen coming into the feild. Again GOBBBBBBLLLLLLLE!!!!!! I thought i was losing my mind.....where is this turkey. so i peeped around the tree and there he was,long beard and all. Hes going in and out of strut gobbling his head off. so i looked around the other said of the tree and i see like 7 other hens and a few jakes. So before they got any closer i gto up and left as quickly as possible because i have to go to school. But heres my problem. You know how the grass is always greener on the other side??? Well it is. The beautiful green feild isnt on the property i can hunt. Its got this little old crappy wire about 31/2,4ft tall. Do you think it is possible for me to call a turkey in over that. I hear turkeys skirt fences but would it be too much trouble for it to jump over?? I could ask the guy if i could hunt there but i dont know. Hes older but i dont think he hunts. And im only 14. but he may let a kid hunt but help me out guys.

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#1257707 - 03/25/09 09:35 AM Re: Turkey hunting newbie [Re: Buck_fever]
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You did every thing correct you really dont even have to blow a hoot tube for roost we usually jus watch em and know they r in the area!!!!

Good Luck!!!
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#1257710 - 03/25/09 09:37 AM Re: Turkey hunting newbie [Re: spitndrum]
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 Originally Posted By: spitndrum
You did every thing correct you really dont even have to blow a hoot tube for roost we usually jus watch em and know they r in the area!!!!

Good Luck!!!


What do you think about the fence??? Will they jump it to come to my calling?
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#1257811 - 03/25/09 10:12 AM Re: Turkey hunting newbie [Re: Buck_fever]
bsl
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The fencw might cause someturkey to hang up but if they are hot they will find a way to get to you.
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#1257818 - 03/25/09 10:17 AM Re: Turkey hunting newbie [Re: bsl]
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When they come down to the feild they all ready have like 9 hens with them so im wondering how to get him to like me better.
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#1257922 - 03/25/09 10:41 AM Re: Turkey hunting newbie [Re: Buck_fever]
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 Originally Posted By: Buck_fever
When they come down to the feild they all ready have like 9 hens with them so im wondering how to get him to like me better.


That Juvy Bird I called in had 30 hens with him well close to 30.....I did 2 series of soft yelps and he strutted to us...maybe to get us back rounded up with the others???

Nobody will ever know!!!
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#1257923 - 03/25/09 10:42 AM Re: Turkey hunting newbie [Re: spitndrum]
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Don't over call that could be a very valuable but payable lesson!!! ;\)
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#1257927 - 03/25/09 10:45 AM Re: Turkey hunting newbie [Re: spitndrum]
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thanks for all the help
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