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#3103266 - 12/31/12 05:08 PM 1st time turkey hunter
Lady's man
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Registered: 09/30/08
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For someone that has never hunted anything oyher than deer tell lwould u tell them ? Im wanting to learn to turkey hunt but i dnt know were to start. Times clothing scouting chokes everything how or would u tell a beginner how to start. All info is good info lol
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#3103309 - 12/31/12 05:52 PM Re: 1st time turkey hunter [Re: Lady's man]
easy45
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Registered: 11/06/07
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Loc: Chester County

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Patience, it has cost me a lot of birds, you don't have to run and gun constantly to be successful, also don't over call, there is no need to keep calling if the bird is coming to you and know your surroundings, know if there is something that could keep it from coming to you , get you a slate call, a mouth call, and a box call, doesn't have to be the most expensive, just needs to be something you can get good with
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#3103319 - 12/31/12 05:55 PM Re: 1st time turkey hunter [Re: Lady's man]
catman529
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Registered: 11/10/10
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Loc: Franklin TN

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Learn how to call, YouTube videos help, watch many of them because everyone has their own style. Once you have memorized the basic vocabulary of a turkey and can confidently make those sounds on a call then I'd move on to scouting and finding where they roost and where they go after fly down etc. and keep your calling to a minimum, just to start, I think everyone has probably over called and you just have to learn from experience, every bird can respond to calls differently, and I am definitely far from being an expert in calling. In fact more than half my birds that I killed weren't called, or they were but I ended up bushwhacking.
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#3103339 - 12/31/12 06:10 PM Re: 1st time turkey hunter [Re: catman529]
Lady's man
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How do you look for an area to set up?
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#3103406 - 12/31/12 06:57 PM Re: 1st time turkey hunter [Re: Lady's man]
catman529
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Ridges, creeks, etc are places I like to look for roosts. But any good trees with branches that turkeys can roost in, i often see em in the edge of the woods and they fly down into a field but there are no rules with that, just what ive seen. Best way to find em is go out on the property early spring and listen for the gobblers on the roost just after first light. Once you have an idea where they might roost you can set up closer to the area while its still dark and see if you can watch em fly down but really all you need to know is where they go on the ground, I hear most birds aren't killed straight off the roost, usually you can hear one gobbling mid morning during turkey season... Hope I'm making any sense
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#3103626 - 12/31/12 09:18 PM Re: 1st time turkey hunter [Re: catman529]
tickweed
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Registered: 11/25/09
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Calling is highly overated. Learn how a turkey lives, what he does at certain times of the season. Learn the terrian. No matter what you hunt, the more you know about the animal, the more sucessful you will be.
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#3103661 - 12/31/12 09:55 PM Re: 1st time turkey hunter [Re: tickweed]
SEC
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Registered: 11/01/10
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His brain is the size of a pea. Make sure he is in range and shoot him in the face. That about covers it.
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#3103759 - 01/01/13 12:12 AM Re: 1st time turkey hunter [Re: SEC]
JAY B
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Registered: 07/09/07
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Be patient and don't be afraid to mix up your strategies/calling etc! Good luck!
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#3103847 - 01/01/13 07:01 AM Re: 1st time turkey hunter [Re: Lady's man]
Bucks & Beards
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Registered: 01/22/11
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Loc: Bartlett, TN

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 Originally Posted By: Lady's man
For someone that has never hunted anything oyher than deer tell lwould u tell them ? Im wanting to learn to turkey hunt but i dnt know were to start. Times clothing scouting chokes everything how or would u tell a beginner how to start. All info is good info lol
How do you put 40 years of experience in one post? You might want to consider joining NWTF and reading pertinent articles in their magazine. Or find an experienced hunter to tag along with. I still remember when as a teenager I heard my first gobbler responding to my call...been hooked ever since and so will you. I was dumber than a brick in regards to knowledge of the sport, but just had a desire to be in the spring woods, learn the sport, take my lumps and patiently wait for success.

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#3103882 - 01/01/13 07:35 AM Re: 1st time turkey hunter [Re: Bucks & Beards]
Layne
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Registered: 08/04/08
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Loc: Eads TN

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Just remember that while they have a small brain, it's sole purpose is survival. Turkeys have excellent eye sight and the things you can get away with deer hunting will get you busted turkey hunting.

Wear comfortable boots, light clothing and make sure you have a sling for your shotgun.

Just enjoy learning to turkey hunt, it's a great experience. You'll move at the wrong time and you'll call too much but that's part of the fun of learning, the birds will respond and most likely hangup but you'll be hooked.

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