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#3217454 - 04/09/13 09:32 AM Hunter Etiquette

Registered: 08/17/12
Posts: 15
Loc: Nashville

Hey Everyone,

This is my first spring turkey hunting and I've run into an issue a number of times and I wanted to get everyone's take on it.

So I hunt on public land, and am already seeing why people talk so much trash about it. Every time we have been hunting we have run into other hunters... so here is my question:

- How do you ensure that you do not set up too close to another hunter, and how should you ensure they do not set up too close to you?

We set up on the edge of a field one time and had a guy start shooting his gun in the air and yelling because he heard us calling and thought we were too close. He ruined our hunt and probably some other people's just because we couldn't see him hiding 100 yards into the woods. We saw his truck and realized that we were actually there well before the other guy, but we like to sit quiet for a while in between calls so he didn't realize we were there. My buddy and I just got up and left because our day was obviously done, but walking out, we had no clue what we should have done differently.

What obligation does a responsible hunter have to check for other hunters and is there a standard signal to alert other hunters you are there without ruining your hunt?


#3217469 - 04/09/13 09:42 AM Re: Hunter Etiquette [Re: godores]
8 Point

Registered: 09/27/12
Posts: 1326
Loc: south TN

I think it should be a mutual respect between hunters to not bother other hunters, and if you see someone else it should be an honest mistake. I dont hunt much public land because of stuff like that, and my best private spot has several other hunters it is almost like public, luckily after opening weekend or two I am about the only one there.

Hunting is very dangerous, and no bird should be work getting shot or shooting someone else, but there are those people out there that try to get gobblers at all cost.

Sounds like the guy you encountered was a total jerk, and has his priorities mixed up and needs to go learn some manners. If you have his vehicle recognized, I wouldn't be anywhere near him. He may be where the best spot is, or you may have been there first, but there are those inconsiderate ones out there that are dangerous to hunt around.

#3217471 - 04/09/13 09:44 AM Re: Hunter Etiquette [Re: woodsman87]
8 Point

Registered: 09/27/12
Posts: 1326
Loc: south TN

And I don't know of a standard signal that works well without spooking birds. I would stay stand up and yell in a clear loud voice so that he will no where you are. Flashlights work well in the day, alghouth I have had one time where somebody completely ignored my flashlight blinking at him.
#3217475 - 04/09/13 09:51 AM Re: Hunter Etiquette [Re: woodsman87]
8 Point

Registered: 11/29/12
Posts: 1928
Loc: Knoxville Tn

Thats part of it unfortunately!You are gonna run into stuff like that on public land, sometimes private can be the same way! My advice is to just go where others won't. Last week (private land) on my way into a farm, a guy climbed out if MY blind. That breaks all hunter etiquette in my book!! I wont state what was said on here...
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#3217476 - 04/09/13 09:51 AM Re: Hunter Etiquette [Re: godores]
Bone Collector
14 Point

Registered: 09/09/09
Posts: 9646
Loc: Murfreesboro, TN

I assume you're hunting Priest or Yanahli? I don't hunt Yanahli so I can't help you. If you are hunting Priest the thing this time of year it is going busy. The parcels are broken up, so you have two options. 1. if you see a car/truck, go to another area, 2. go in and hope you don't set up to close.

There is no way to know where someone is. The way I do it is if I get to a small area and see a ca/truck, I leave. If it is a large parcel, I make a game time decision. Most people on Priest do not set up blinds and decoys. They walk around calling and glassing fields, or will go into the woods and sit against a tree and call. This can make for a dangerous situation, but generally there is plenty of area to move around and set up.

If I see a blind with decoys I go the other way, likewise if i see someone setting up close to where I am set up I will try to let them know I am there in hopes they will move.

I hope that about covers all the scenarios. in the end though it is public land, you can't make someone move.

Also as a bit of info, if you are hunting Priest the birds will be few and far between for now, but as people give up, hunting pressure decreases and birds reappear.....
Semper Fidelis!

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#3217484 - 04/09/13 10:00 AM Re: Hunter Etiquette [Re: Bone Collector]

Registered: 08/17/12
Posts: 15
Loc: Nashville

Thanks for the responses! I guess if the guy had followed the advice and not parked right next to us the incident would have been entirely avoided. I like the car approach, so thanks for that Bone Collector.

I've been hunting Yanahli and it has been pretty packed, but there are a ton of little nooks and crannies that I still havent explored. I guess my future plan is to have half a dozen or so spots picked out and find the one without cars nearby.

Thanks again for the advice, guys!

#3217487 - 04/09/13 10:05 AM Re: Hunter Etiquette [Re: Bone Collector]
8 Point

Registered: 11/05/10
Posts: 1226
Loc: Williamson County

What BoneCollector said is spot on. When hunting public land with small parcels or limited access, I move on if someone is already parked. I do my best to get there first and hope others extend me the same courtesy. But, they usually don't.

Be very leery of hen calling. The hens don't call much in the spring so if you're hearing a lot of it chances are it is another hunter. For this reason, use caution when moving in on a gobbling bird.

On the other hand, limit your calling and when calling to a gobbling bird get him headed your way and shut up. The more he gobbles, the more attention he'll attract from other hunters.

After green up, scouting is your best weapon. Try to get within 50 yards of a roosted bird. If you can't see him fly down, you are not close enough. That way if somebody does come in on top of you it may not matter.
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#3217494 - 04/09/13 10:13 AM Re: Hunter Etiquette [Re: WMAn]
RUGER Administrator
Bambi Killa

Registered: 11/19/99
Posts: 4106600
Loc: TN

Sadly, common courtesy is often lacking in the turkey woods.
Seemingly moreso than deer hunting.

Gotta love people that park right next to ya. \:D

Public land is just that though.
Youth is wasted on the young.

#3217495 - 04/09/13 10:14 AM Re: Hunter Etiquette [Re: WMAn]
4 Point

Registered: 03/06/12
Posts: 289
Loc: Tennessee

I hunt alot of public. If someone is parked there,I move on. Opening morning we were setup on a ridge where I knew some birds were roosting. A guy came walking up before daylight,presumably to setup on the same ridge. We flashed our lights at him when he was 100yds out,he flashed back and moved on. That's how it needs to be. I will also say that I haven't run into one jerk on WMA's in my 7 years of hunting them,which to me speaks alot to TN hunters in general.
#3217496 - 04/09/13 10:14 AM Re: Hunter Etiquette [Re: WMAn]
16 Point

Registered: 01/22/06
Posts: 15381
Loc: Lewisburg

hunt during the week and never, ever, ever hunt opening weekend
"I will predator hunt for food "

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