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#3199398 - 03/21/13 12:21 PM Turkey hunters
wgmac
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Well i have decided to try turkey hunting, so my wife can have something to complain about (lol). But anyway, I am very new to this and was wondering if there is someone who doesn't have a youngster to take this sat. and is just inching to get out and fine tune there skills. I have a 10yr old who is wanting to go and I'm trying to up his chances of at least seeing a turkey from slim to none. We live in Mt.Juliet and as of right now we are going to try around priest in smyrna. I have a boat and will be trying some of the water access fields. I know The weather is not gonna be great but you can't get anything from the couch either. Thanks in advance. Mac
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#3199449 - 03/21/13 12:51 PM Re: Turkey hunters [Re: wgmac]
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If you were closer, I would love to take you up on that. I hate that the weather is going to be bad for the juvi, but I would love to get out.
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#3199576 - 03/21/13 02:25 PM Re: Turkey hunters [Re: Southern Sportsman]
Atchman2
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Last year I saw many turkey RIGHT IN MT. JULIET! They were in fields just off the side of the road. Just drive around you'll see them either early or late.
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#3199714 - 03/21/13 04:56 PM Re: Turkey hunters [Re: Atchman2]
wgmac
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yeah they are all over everyones yards LOL
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#3199754 - 03/21/13 05:36 PM Re: Turkey hunters [Re: wgmac]
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Man I wish I could help. I know nothing about Priest either, but if you got a boat and a map you should have plenty of areas to check out.

Maybe you could locate a high spot (ridge) and get there by 6am or a little after, then just listen and if you hear any gobbles make your way to them.

Maybe post this in the general forum and someone around the area could help.
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#3199872 - 03/21/13 07:25 PM Re: Turkey hunters [Re: AT Hiker]
wgmac
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Thanks for the tip AT. That was kinda my plan. I went out late this morning and was able to get a few to gobble in 4 different spots but they were way in the distance. I was just happy to hear them gobble ( hope it was from my call LOL) Thanks agian. and any other advise is very much appreciated.
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#3199927 - 03/21/13 08:31 PM Re: Turkey hunters [Re: wgmac]
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Good luck wgmac. I'm taking my 10-year old son too but thankfully I have a private place to take him. It's only 40 acres but we've killed several on it the past several years so hopefully it pays off. PM coming your way about Priest.
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#3199933 - 03/21/13 08:38 PM Re: Turkey hunters [Re: wgmac]
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Honestly if you got some located that is where I would head. Surely not many hunters will be on public land for youth weekend, but I could be wrong.

Look at the location on Google Earth where you heard the birds, then see if there is a funnel, oak bottom, oak flat, step ridge, or any major terrain feature. Turkeys in deep woods will seek out early morning feeding grounds that look like they would make great fields (but in the woods they are actually flats).

I would set up in those locations if you cannot figure them out before Saturday. Hunting big woods turkeys is a lot like hunting big woods deer, except thick cover is not ideal for turkeys unless they are really pressured.

Does that make sense?

As far as calling goes, limit it to soft purrs and yelps right now, hard cutting can be used to shock gobble them right now but it can also make them call shy. I wouldnt call much at all until you are sure they are off the roost.

A rule of thumb is...if the hens are talking then you will want to mimmick them, but dont get to aggressive on them.

Its likely a Tom will come in silent too, so if they seemed 'fired" up at first, like they gobble every time you call but all of a sudden are quite then they are likely going to come in silent. If this happens it could take 15 minutes or so, but it could also mean the birds left the area. So use this time to figure out your game plan, dont call but still sit still. Then once you cannot handle it anymore or you are sure they left, then try to cut them off.
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#3199959 - 03/21/13 08:58 PM Re: Turkey hunters [Re: AT Hiker]
wgmac
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Thanks agian AT There are alot of fields where i was at, and most of the ones i use are water access only. Hopefully its like deer season and like my own private hunting club.
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#3199964 - 03/21/13 09:01 PM Re: Turkey hunters [Re: wgmac]
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Sounds like you got a good spot then, especially if its only water access.

Good luck and let us know how it goes.
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