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#3152679 - 02/05/13 11:00 AM Re: 1 Tip you could offer [Re: woodsman87]
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#3152879 - 02/05/13 01:59 PM Re: 1 Tip you could offer [Re: timberjack86]
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#3153065 - 02/05/13 05:17 PM Re: 1 Tip you could offer [Re: Setterman]
Benelli 4 Life
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 Originally Posted By: Setterman
I have hunted all over west TN, and the rest of the SE, and rarely, maybe once a season have a morning where the birds are quiet on the limb unless the weather is total crap.

I have an entirely different style of hunting than 90% of the turkey hunters, and it is one that is based much more on patience than on the immediacy of making one gobble right now.

I have found over 20+ years and almost 200 dead longbeards, that a bird which gobbles on his own is far more likely to die than one that has to be shocked or beaten into sounding off.

I spend a lot of my mornings sitting in an area where I know birds should be close, and just listening. Not blind calling, and not using locator calls. It is absolutely stunning the numbers of birds that free gobble sporadically which most hunters never hear because they are constantly on the move, rustling in their vest for a call, or calling. I know because for a long time I was no different than most turkey hunters and used the same locating tactics that most still use.

A bird that free gobbles on his own after fly down is far easier to kill than a bird which has to be beaten into gobbling with locator calls. As many times the one that has to be helped has hens or is subordinate. While the free gobbler is generally alone and has gone to an area they feel comfortable to strut and seek out company.

If I get wild and do decide to try and strike a bird I use turkey calls. If you wisely use the terrain, know how the birds you hunt use the property, and don't over do it, than getting picked off is unlikely.

To each their own when it comes to how you enjoy your time in the woods. I'm just passing along what works for me each season, and has worked exceptionally well in bagging a bunch of longbeards over the years.

I agree 100%. I hunt the same way and have killed a bunch of longbeards by huntin this way.
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#3153101 - 02/05/13 05:45 PM Re: 1 Tip you could offer [Re: Setterman]
Spurhunter
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Registered: 06/09/08
Posts: 1975
Loc: T County, TN

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 Originally Posted By: Setterman
I have hunted all over west TN, and the rest of the SE, and rarely, maybe once a season have a morning where the birds are quiet on the limb unless the weather is total crap.

I have an entirely different style of hunting than 90% of the turkey hunters, and it is one that is based much more on patience than on the immediacy of making one gobble right now.

I have found over 20+ years and almost 200 dead longbeards, that a bird which gobbles on his own is far more likely to die than one that has to be shocked or beaten into sounding off.

I spend a lot of my mornings sitting in an area where I know birds should be close, and just listening. Not blind calling, and not using locator calls. It is absolutely stunning the numbers of birds that free gobble sporadically which most hunters never hear because they are constantly on the move, rustling in their vest for a call, or calling. I know because for a long time I was no different than most turkey hunters and used the same locating tactics that most still use.

A bird that free gobbles on his own after fly down is far easier to kill than a bird which has to be beaten into gobbling with locator calls. As many times the one that has to be helped has hens or is subordinate. While the free gobbler is generally alone and has gone to an area they feel comfortable to strut and seek out company.

If I get wild and do decide to try and strike a bird I use turkey calls. If you wisely use the terrain, know how the birds you hunt use the property, and don't over do it, than getting picked off is unlikely.

To each their own when it comes to how you enjoy your time in the woods. I'm just passing along what works for me each season, and has worked exceptionally well in bagging a bunch of longbeards over the years.



The proof is in the pudding, and you've definitely killed more than your share. I just don't understand what makes a bird that gobbles at an owl or a crow easier to kill than one that gobbles at an owl or crow call.

Also, my son is with me most of the time, and lives to turkey hunt. I think getting set up early is even more important when you have a kid with you. Not to mention, it's a lot harder to move on a bird after daylight with a kid in tow.
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#3153126 - 02/05/13 06:06 PM Re: 1 Tip you could offer [Re: Spurhunter]
RutMutt
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Never give up. You ever get a bird that just gets under your skin? That just makes me strive harder to kill him.
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#3153294 - 02/05/13 08:25 PM Re: 1 Tip you could offer [Re: RutMutt]
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Ole Setterman is getting fired up and its not even March yet.

Love it!!
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#3153330 - 02/05/13 08:59 PM Re: 1 Tip you could offer [Re: TurkeyBurd]
Mike Belt
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If I had 1 question about turkey hunting it would be as follows:

What's the difference or what makes turkeys that are gobbling their heads off from the roost well into the morning one fine turkey hunting day be absolutely lockjawed the very next identical morning?
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#3153338 - 02/05/13 09:12 PM Re: 1 Tip you could offer [Re: TurkeyBurd]
Setterman
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 Originally Posted By: TurkeyBurd
Ole Setterman is getting fired up and its not even March yet.

Love it!!


I'm not even close to being fired up yet, you know better than that.

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#3153339 - 02/05/13 09:12 PM Re: 1 Tip you could offer [Re: Mike Belt]
Setterman
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Registered: 12/31/09
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 Originally Posted By: Mike Belt
If I had 1 question about turkey hunting it would be as follows:

What's the difference or what makes turkeys that are gobbling their heads off from the roost well into the morning one fine turkey hunting day be absolutely lockjawed the very next identical morning?


This is easy, they are turkeys and are bat **** crazy.

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#3153348 - 02/05/13 09:16 PM Re: 1 Tip you could offer [Re: Mike Belt]
Spurhunter
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Registered: 06/09/08
Posts: 1975
Loc: T County, TN

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 Originally Posted By: Mike Belt
If I had 1 question about turkey hunting it would be as follows:

What's the difference or what makes turkeys that are gobbling their heads off from the roost well into the morning one fine turkey hunting day be absolutely lockjawed the very next identical morning?


I wish I knew. It happens to me a lot. But the turkeys always gobble for some folks. Weird.
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