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#3236405 - 05/01/13 03:09 PM Tips for Hunting the Last Week of This Season
6 Point

Registered: 01/01/13
Posts: 786
Loc: Murfreesboro, TN

I've read a lot of articles on late-season hunting, but the more I research, the more it seems to me that while those articles may be good as general rules, they probably can't apply to every season. I don't have a clue whether or not this season is a good one to use those articles' tips on, so I'd love to hear from some of you gobbler-hunting vets.

What are your best tips for hunting long-beards in the late 2013 season (specifically)?
No hunt is all skill. If not for a little luck, no one would hunt.

#3236435 - 05/01/13 03:54 PM Re: Tips for Hunting the Last Week of This Season [Re: jlmustain]
6 Point

Registered: 10/14/08
Posts: 619
Loc: Ky Lake

A lot of birds seem to be pretty "spot" specific, this time of year. If they aren't gobbling on the tree, I want to be set up to where I know they are using. If they are gobbling on the tree, I don't want to waste any time getting set in his living room without getting busted.
#3236471 - 05/01/13 04:36 PM Re: Tips for Hunting the Last Week of This Season [Re: Bullfrog]
14 Point

Registered: 06/20/11
Posts: 8269
Loc: Grundy county

Fixing to do a lot of midmorning - early afternoon hunting. All the gobblers I have seen have hens early. Hopefully they will leave him to nest.
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#3236489 - 05/01/13 05:11 PM Re: Tips for Hunting the Last Week of This Season [Re: timberjack86]
Hunt 365
4 Point

Registered: 12/30/08
Posts: 458
Loc: Jackson, Tennessee

I'm watching a bird as we speak in the middle of a 80 acre bush hogged field picking grasshoppers. Couldn't care less about my calling or dekes. Either he's had enough love today or he's done in general. I'm going to try to watch him go to roost because when they're not responding you're deer hunting them. Get tween the roost and the food, or the food and the dusting spots. Also, I have found open cedar thickets give birds shade during the day and have had luck there
#3236669 - 05/01/13 08:13 PM Re: Tips for Hunting the Last Week of This Season [Re: Hunt 365]
16 Point

Registered: 07/20/05
Posts: 19786
Loc: Rutherford / Wilson County Lin...

I hunt whenever I can. Tactics seem to change daily depending on what I see / hear or not. It gets frustrating but just have to keep going. I try to sit longer in known areas they're moving through and call less.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

#3236951 - 05/02/13 08:28 AM Re: Tips for Hunting the Last Week of This Season [Re: Gravey]
Bone Collector
14 Point

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

You are probably hunting Rutherford county like me and Gravey. Just get out there. They are still gobbling and you can kill them. Like Gravey said lots of times they will be in the same place or areas, just have to get out there, make a game time decision on how you want to hunt and hopefully connect.
Semper Fidelis!

“There are hunters and there are victims. By your discipline, cunning, obedience and alertness, you will decide if you are a hunter or a victim.”
General James Mattis

#3237015 - 05/02/13 09:59 AM Re: Tips for Hunting the Last Week of This Season [Re: Bone Collector]
8 Point

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

You can't never really predict em day to day, season to season, year to year, decade to decade. Every turkey pretty much acts differently and acts however he wants.

For me, in my places in southern-mid TN this is the BEST time and my favorite time to hunt. Most people have quit and started fishing, golfing, or just give up. But most importantly to me, the hens are setting, and the gobblers are lonely, gobbling lots, and coming to the call. Although I have seen and observed all sorts of behavior, I think this is normal. Let me give a disclaimer, "they are all different"

I have also seen them bunched up in bachelor groups this time of year. Although they will gobble, they aren't really interested. I have had success with bunched up gobblers by using gobbler yelps, clucks, and gobbles to call them up. It isn't as easy as calling in a lovesick longbeard, but I have had it work. It can also be kinda like fall hunting them.

But IMO, this is the best time to hunt because the hens are setting and the gobblers want to get em some

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