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#3217045 - 04/08/13 08:10 PM Do successful hunters wait or chase?
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6 hunts this year for the first 4 hunts I never heard or saw a bird. I talk to many turkey hunters that are much more successful than I and they seem to be movng aroung much more than I am. That said My last two hunts have gone something like this Saturday me and a buddy who hasnever killed a bird spook them off their roost first thing in the morning must have been 5-10 birds nothing we vcould do we only moved a few feet ointo the woods and they were right there. We set up and eventually they returned and we had a coup;e of toms hang up at what im guessing is 80-100 yards. move or not? we decided not to move and i called him into what im guessing is 30 yards behind me , he gobbles once and never returns...Tonight i go set up on a field edge and begin to call softly and within 20 minutes im gettting 3-4 gobbles every 5 minutes or so sometimes closer, sometimes further. are they different birds? I play this game for 40 minutes and decide I done have much time left. I make a move, grab my decoys, head towards where the birds last gobbled. I move 100-150 yards or so let out a few soft calls and nothing. as im grabbing my stuffto move again a tome crosses the logging road 40 yards waay and im busted...Question and I know there is no perfect answer but is patience the key or moving on birds that are gobbling? any tactics or basic " rules" that im missing, Im not above any advice. Thanks looking forward to hearing what the experts have to say.
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#3217053 - 04/08/13 08:15 PM Re: Do successful hunters wait or chase? [Re: HuntnMoon]
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If you knew the answer to that every time you would be a genius. \:D

Every case / bird is different from my experiences.

What I do know is if you don't bump a bird every once in a while, you ain't trying hard enough. ;\)
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#3217058 - 04/08/13 08:19 PM Re: Do successful hunters wait or chase? [Re: RUGER]
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#3217067 - 04/08/13 08:28 PM Re: Do successful hunters wait or chase? [Re: JAY B]
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First thing if you're learning to hunt, minimize the stuff you carry. One or two calls, shells, gun, extra gloves and mask, and a comfortable seat is all you need to carry. Decoys slow you down and cause you to move more.

Second, become a sponge of turkey behavior. Soak everything in. Note every sighting and gobble heard. The time and location they occurred. If you are lucky to hunt the same area over and over, patterns should start to emerge. Those patterns become your playbook and should influence how you hunt on a given day.

Great turkey hunters are like a Bassmaster Elite Series angler. He has to produce fish on any water, any day to be successful. He has strengths, but matches his fishing to the fish and the conditions. Learn to do the same with your turkey hunting.
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#3217070 - 04/08/13 08:31 PM Re: Do successful hunters wait or chase? [Re: JAY B]
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I tell people patience kills turkeys. That said there is a time and place for sitting and moving and you just hope to guess which one is gonna work on that particular turkey. I hunt one place that's only 40 acres so I tend to sit longer there than when I have lots of land to roam.
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#3217075 - 04/08/13 08:34 PM Re: Do successful hunters wait or chase? [Re: Gravey]
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The birds probably Hung up because of the decoys.
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#3217087 - 04/08/13 08:44 PM Re: Do successful hunters wait or chase? [Re: WMAn]
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Awesome advice. Thanks for replying, This site is a great place to learn. I really appreciate it
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#3217089 - 04/08/13 08:46 PM Re: Do successful hunters wait or chase? [Re: HuntnMoon]
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one other question do most guys "go into the woods", which is what i have been doing or is it wise to stay on the road and wait to hear gobbles before you move?
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#3217092 - 04/08/13 08:49 PM Re: Do successful hunters wait or chase? [Re: HuntnMoon]
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I have found out the hard way too many times that if a bird is gobbling his giblets out and just shuts up all of a sudden, you better sit it out until you hear him gobble farther away than the last gobble because more than likely he is putting a ninja sneak on you. When in doubt wait it out.
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#3217099 - 04/08/13 08:58 PM Re: Do successful hunters wait or chase? [Re: HuntnMoon]
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 Originally Posted By: HuntnMoon
Question and I know there is no perfect answer but is patience the key or moving on birds that are gobbling?

Yes.


Some portion of the equation to a successful turkey hunt is nothing more than a combination of the hunter's intuition and straight-up luck. I tend to err more on the side of caution these days. One can often recover from a decision NOT to move on a gobbler but a bumped bird is game over; plain and simple. Most times it means you're done for the day with that particular feathered fellow.

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