Spring turkey hunting is exciting, challenging, and thrilling for those who participate. Out in the woods, the challenge begins; you, nature, and the turkey. One of the great things about turkey hunting, is that it doesn’t require tons of experience, to do it successfully, and there is very little monetary investment. These factors alone, make turkey hunting appeal to many different people, from various walks of life.
We will cover some basic techniques for successful turkey hunting, that if followed correctly, will help you snag your first spring bird.
1. Location, Location, Location
One major part of any successful hunting trip, is location. This is also true for spring turkey hunting. You will need to find a location that holds a good amount of flocks. Though Eastern wild turkeys, like the woodlands; during the daytime, they also travel through fields and pastures. If you already live in an area where you can visibly spot flocks of turkeys, you are better off, because you know exactly where to hunt.
2. The Best Turkey Calls
Many turkey hunters argue over which turkey calls are the best, or whether or not one should use a turkey call or not. Because turkeys are very vocal, “calling” is extremely important. Turkeys communicate with each other daily, so the turkey “call” helps to establish the pecking order, and gives the hunter the lead in the game.
3. Understand Your Weaponry
You can do all you want to get a turkey in your sights, but when your target is ready for the taking, will you know how to take that closing shot? It is wise for every hunter to spend a good amount of time on the shooting range, practicing, and getting to know his or her weapon. A good hunter is well informed about the technicalities of his/her weapon and how it works.
4. Using a Bow
Using a compound bow is another option for turkey hunters. For many, the use of a bow can be far more difficult than using a shotgun. You will need to know the distance of the shot, to be an accurate shooter. Since turkeys are a smaller target, it is best to aim at the “wing butt”, instead of the head. The “wing butt” is where the wing connects to the body.
Following these tips should help you to have a very successful and safe, spring turkey hunt.