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#3224007 - 04/16/13 09:45 PM Question About Moving Through the Woods
jlmustain
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How quiet are you when you're moving through dry-leafed woods? If you estimate a bird is 100-150 yards away, do you consider the leaves if you move in a little more or just visibility?

It may actually be easier to ask what sounds don't spook them, in your experiences.
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#3224031 - 04/16/13 10:20 PM Re: Question About Moving Through the Woods [Re: jlmustain]
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All depends on where the bird is. I try to be as quite as I can but still moving with a purpose.
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#3224045 - 04/16/13 11:15 PM Re: Question About Moving Through the Woods [Re: REN]
catman529
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Twigs popping are the worst. Leaves might sound like another turkey to the gobbler... But within 100 yards your worst enemy might be the bird's eyes. Like REN said it depends on where the bird is. I always try to make the least sound possible, watching my step equally as much as I watch for the bird. Id rather walk in crunchy leaves than a creek bottom that is covered in a flooded sea of dry crackly sticks. Think of deer hunting, you might not hear that deer coming until it steps on a stick.

If I can set up within 100-150 yd of a gobbling bird, I'd pick the best tree and sit down. I like them in thick stuff because you can get away with more movement and they will have to come in closer to see the hen that is calling.
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#3224049 - 04/16/13 11:34 PM Re: Question About Moving Through the Woods [Re: catman529]
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80 yards is my goal on the roost, on the ground add a 20 yards. If he gobbles at the sound of you and the leaves sit. I also hunt thicker woods, I am not z field edge guy. I actually crunch leaves while I call to sound like a moving hen. Hope this helps.
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#3224195 - 04/17/13 08:29 AM Re: Question About Moving Through the Woods [Re: Elmer]
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I try to be as quiet as possible without breaking sticks, but turkeys live in the woods, they are used to hearing other animals walk. I try to be quiet, but I am more focused on not being seen. If your around 100 yards from a gobbler in the woods, It is hard to move anyways.
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#3224236 - 04/17/13 09:22 AM Re: Question About Moving Through the Woods [Re: Elmer]
muddyboots
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 Originally Posted By: P@Y
80 yards is my goal on the roost, on the ground add a 20 yards. If he gobbles at the sound of you and the leaves sit. I also hunt thicker woods, I am not z field edge guy. I actually crunch leaves while I call to sound like a moving hen. Hope this helps.


This!
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#3224324 - 04/17/13 11:06 AM Re: Question About Moving Through the Woods [Re: muddyboots]
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Knowing the lay of the land, in my opinion here, is more important than anything, first and foremost. Take your time, pay attention to detail, and try not to make any over aggressive moves unless you are absolutely sure of what's going on around you. I always act like there is a turkey in front of me at all times in the woods, so I guess you could say I stalk, instead of walk.
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#3224341 - 04/17/13 11:27 AM Re: Question About Moving Through the Woods [Re: Bullfrog]
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I've "struck" more turkeys with the sound of me walking in dry leaves than I can count.
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#3224528 - 04/17/13 02:45 PM Re: Question About Moving Through the Woods [Re: ]
PalsPal
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 Originally Posted By: curdogtn
I've "struck" more turkeys with the sound of me walking in dry leaves than I can count.


Yep. If the leaves are crunchy and I just have to get a little closer, I try to walk slow and sweep my feet, like a turkey scratching.

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#3224638 - 04/17/13 04:30 PM Re: Question About Moving Through the Woods [Re: PalsPal]
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I try to be as quiet as I can when easing through the woods but once settled in I'll scratch the leave some to simulate a feeding turkey. Walking and making more sound may not be an issue but I prefer to be quieter. Never know when I may ease up and see something before I hear it. If I was being loud it may have already been on alert and spotted me first.
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