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#3128430 - 01/17/13 01:47 PM New to turkey hunting
mjackson
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Hello, I plan to take my sons turkey hunting this year but I have never been. Does anyone have any tips for a first timer? Thanks for any info.
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#3128569 - 01/17/13 04:01 PM Re: New to turkey hunting [Re: mjackson]
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dont over call. I suggest a slate call I think they are best for all people. and shot gun choke and shells and your be good. also watch videos on calling thatll help you out. its very fun hunting! goodluck
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#3128573 - 01/17/13 04:06 PM Re: New to turkey hunting [Re: deerhunter10]
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#3128599 - 01/17/13 04:41 PM Re: New to turkey hunting [Re: sellsman11]
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Scout your place thoroughly in the 2-3 weeks leading up to opening day. Know where they like to roost and where they like to go when they fly down. It's very hard to call a turkey somewhere he doesn't want to be. A ground blind and comfortable chairs goes a long way when hunting with kids. But, if you don't have a good idea of the areas the birds are using you won't know where to set it up.
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#3128601 - 01/17/13 04:43 PM Re: New to turkey hunting [Re: Spurhunter]
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Also, turkeys aren't like deer. You can set a blind up at lunch and kill a bird out of it that afternoon. Unless they see movement, they don't see it as a threat.
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#3129497 - 01/18/13 11:43 AM Re: New to turkey hunting [Re: Spurhunter]
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A good box call, pop up blind, and patiences. What area are you in?
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#3129545 - 01/18/13 12:17 PM Re: New to turkey hunting [Re: skillet]
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where are you located? id be glad to help you out if we are close to one another...
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#3129860 - 01/18/13 05:09 PM Re: New to turkey hunting [Re: REN]
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keep in mind that midday is one of the best times to be out there. i've killed more birds around lunch than any other time.
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#3129895 - 01/18/13 05:36 PM Re: New to turkey hunting [Re: mathews338]
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Depending on how old your sons are a blind is the ticket. My almost 10-year old killed his first and only turkey 2 years ago out of one. A turkey could care less how long its been there and will pay it no attention. As for calls get a slate call and start practicing. Find out where they roost and where they want to go and you'll be ahead of the game. Most importantly have fun and good luck.
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#3139171 - 01/25/13 03:25 PM Re: New to turkey hunting [Re: Gravey]
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dont forget to pattern the shotgun also let son shoot also so they know what to expect when trigger is pulled on a bird.....also good shot placement on bird.....good luck
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#3139830 - 01/25/13 10:57 PM Re: New to turkey hunting [Re: buckhunter42]
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 Originally Posted By: buckhunter42
let son shoot also so they know what to expect when trigger is pulled on a bird


I disagree. No reason to expose them to all that recoil and risk flinching on a bird. Let him practice with the gun and some light loads. He'll be comfortable with the gun but won't be scared to shoot it.
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#3141217 - 01/27/13 11:39 AM Re: New to turkey hunting [Re: Spurhunter]
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#3141729 - 01/27/13 08:23 PM Re: New to turkey hunting [Re: Poor redneck]
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Alot of good suggestions. I'd say grab a cheap box call,a good 12 gauge with some turkey loads,and whatever camo you've got. Just be aware that a turkeys eyesight is incredibly good.
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#3141885 - 01/27/13 10:21 PM Re: New to turkey hunting [Re: J-WO]
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Camo up all the way and hit the woods. A turkey's not a real smart bird but they're very observant. You may get away with sounds but not movement. In fact I usually intentionally make noise like those of a bird flying off the roost or feeding birds scratching through the leaves. Make an unwarranted movement with a bird coming in though and it's likely the game is over. Also remember they can see that movement something like 270 degrees around them without ever moving their head.

Learn to call. A box or slate call will make almost any call you want and they're easy to operate. A mouth call(diaphram) is a little harder to master but sometimes essential to your success simply because you can operate it hands free involving no movement. Some of the worst sounding calling I've ever heard came from live birds.

Basically you want to be in the area of a roosting bird to hear him gobbling off the roost. Sometimes they'll repeat their movements and calling 2 or 3 days in a row but just as likely not to. The object is to:
1) Get him to fly down to you while you sound like a hot little hen
2) Get between him and where he's headed if he doesn't fly down to you
3) Get to where he's headed before he does, or
4) Catch him where he wants to be and work him into the gun
Sometimes you can anticipate where the birds are headed. For instance, typically after an early morning rain they like to head to open fields or pastures to dry out while hunting for food.

Decoys aren't necessary and a hassle to run and gun with but they can be fun to use...and beneficial

All in all it's sort of like a cross between playing chess and poker. Move and counter move, think several moves ahead, and know when to hold them or fold them (call or don't call). It's a ball when the birds are talking and cooperating. It's a test when they aren't.
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#3142402 - 01/28/13 12:23 PM Re: New to turkey hunting [Re: Mike Belt]
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 Originally Posted By: Mike Belt

All in all it's sort of like a cross between playing chess and poker. Move and counter move, think several moves ahead, and know when to hold them or fold them (call or don't call). It's a ball when the birds are talking and cooperating. It's a test when they aren't.


That is it in a nutshell!

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#3153754 - 02/06/13 11:30 AM Re: New to turkey hunting [Re: skillet]
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We live in the chattanooga area. We have been fishing the last few years and now they want to try hunting to see if they like it. I know one of them will, but the other one has little patience at times, so we will see.
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#3154500 - 02/06/13 10:01 PM Re: New to turkey hunting [Re: mjackson]
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All of the tips for turkey hunting sound great. Just don't forget to treat his clothes for ticks AND always have your child (and yourself) use plugs or muffs for noise protection. Most hunters have severe high frequency hearing loss and you don't want your children to be partially deaf before they get grown.
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#3154802 - 02/07/13 09:31 AM Re: New to turkey hunting [Re: mjackson]
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 Originally Posted By: mjackson
We live in the chattanooga area. We have been fishing the last few years and now they want to try hunting to see if they like it. I know one of them will, but the other one has little patience at times, so we will see.


Like Gravey said, a blind is almost a must if you plan to take both of them. If you have an open field that you are confident turkeys are using (preseason scouting will help here), put the blind up along with a cheap hen and jake decoy at about 20 yards. Just some simple yelps on a box or slate every 15 mins or so, and I like your chances.

The blind will help with the restless son. Take some things to keep him occupied. Once he loses interest, don't force him to stay. You might leave him at home next time and take the other one if that happens, though.

Good luck. I predict exciting times ahead for you.

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