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#3217112 - 04/08/13 09:11 PM Re: Do successful hunters wait or chase? [Re: Boll Weevil]
@fulldraw
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With a gun, I move quite a bit. I want to find an active gobbler. With a bow, I'm more patient. I typically use decoys while bowhunting not with gun. I like to wait until I hear a gobbler when going in blind. If he's gobbling and suddenly stops, he is on the move. If you hear one close and them a little farther and back close again, he's probably hung up strutting back and forth.
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#3217116 - 04/08/13 09:14 PM Re: Do successful hunters wait or chase? [Re: @fulldraw]
HuntnMoon
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that is exactly what was going on tonight... I moved and busted ... oh well hearing and seeing turks now so that is a good thing.
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#3217118 - 04/08/13 09:18 PM Re: Do successful hunters wait or chase? [Re: HuntnMoon]
@fulldraw
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Should be getting better with the warmer weather. Hang in there.
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#3217121 - 04/08/13 09:20 PM Re: Do successful hunters wait or chase? [Re: @fulldraw]
HuntnMoon
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Man I would like to get out there together sometime. Even if one of us was just a "caller"
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#3217122 - 04/08/13 09:20 PM Re: Do successful hunters wait or chase? [Re: HuntnMoon]
Roost 1
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There really is no right answer....no substitute for experience. Main thing is to try to always learn from your mistakes.... Learn the area your hunting!!!! Turkeys generally have a routine after you learn the land and then there routine the puzzle starts coming to together... These things are much more important than when to move or when not to move or calling..... JMHO
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#3217156 - 04/08/13 09:43 PM Re: Do successful hunters wait or chase? [Re: Gravey]
LanceS4803
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 Originally Posted By: Gravey
I tell people patience kills turkeys.


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That is why turkeys are VERY safe around me. I tell myself each day to be patient, but it never works. And what do I find, Mr. Tom just waiting for me to make that mistake.
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#3217177 - 04/08/13 10:12 PM Re: Do successful hunters wait or chase? [Re: LanceS4803]
AT Hiker
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You my friend are experiencing the great joys of turkey hunting, it is a game, not of cat and mouse but of hunter vs. prey vs mother nature.

Like mentioned before, no correct answer to any scenario, but Captain Hindsight might offer some advice..."I would not move in too close to the birds on roost, when they are gobbling they are awake, therefore they can see fairly well. If a bird hangs up, but is still gobbling he is likely henned up or stubborn, in which case aggressive calling usually works. If you hear a hen with hen, try to get her to come in to you. If no hen sounds, start cutting and yelping as hard as you can. Then back off a little, go back to soft purring and soft yelps/clucks. Another option, if you got a hunting partner, one of you could back away 50-100 yards max and start calling again. This might bring him in to the unexpected gun range.
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#3217197 - 04/08/13 10:36 PM Re: Do successful hunters wait or chase? [Re: Boll Weevil]
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Mud Dauber
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I agree with WMAn. Furthermore, what stuck out to me as a "mistake" when reading your post was "I grabbed the decoys." IMHO, too much time, too much motion for mobile turkey hunting. Ditch the decoys and 2 hunts later, you won't miss them. I promise you.
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#3217211 - 04/08/13 10:55 PM Re: Do successful hunters wait or chase? [Re: Boll Weevil]
catman529
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depends on the situation but there is no doubt that I usually do a lot of running and gunning. If I'm working a bird, I will sit for a long time if I have to, but if things aren't working out, I will be covering ground looking and listening for birds or stalking a bird that won't come to a call.

When I am moving in on a gobbling bird, I get as close as I can without getting busted (sometimes you will get busted, it happens) but I have found em gobbling in woods where the undergrowth and trees let me get to within 100 yards estimated of the bird. I will call as I am moving into position, listen for him to gobble, finish moving in and pick my tree, sit down and call again. I only call while moving if I am sure the bird cannot see me (terrain, thick undergrowth, etc). Keep in mind, if you can see him, he can see you, so don't call or he will pinpoint you. Once I have called a couple times and he's responding, it's time to wait, he's probably coming in. This has happened to me anywhere from late morning to evening, not off the roost. Yes you will find lone gobblers on roost especially later in the season but I tagged out too early to have the fun of that this year, and birds on the roost were either on other property, or had hens, and I had most of my luck with midday birds. When I was on a flock of hens, jakes and a tom, and could not get them to come in for hours, I finally snuck past the jakes and hens, bumped a hen, made it to the strutting tom with his hen and she led him past me at 35 yards for his final strut. So don't be afraid to stalk a bird if you have to, but it's going to be tedious and pretty tense, never knowing if a head is going to pop up and bust you.


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#3217352 - 04/09/13 07:39 AM Re: Do successful hunters wait or chase? [Re: Boll Weevil]
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I chase. Waiting blow! My motto is kill em or run em off. Works for me!
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