Tips for spring turkey hunting are mostly common sense techniques, but there are a few you might not have in your bag of tricks or may have forgot about. Using these back to basic turkey hunting tips will increase your odds of success while chasing spring gobblers this season.
- Don’t push it. If you can’t call a reluctant tom in close to you, back off and wait. Give him some time and come back later. Most of all, don’t aggressively call a turkey that is not responding. A lot of times, that big gobbler who ignored you all morning might just charge you in the afternoon when his hens are ignoring him. Making a few gentle hen calls might just be enough to entice him.
- Don’t lose focus when it’s quiet. Jakes do strut and gobble but they’re less likely than a dominant tom to show off, especially later in the breeding season when they’ve been whupped on by the big toms. If you don’t hear any gobbling anywhere, don’t assume there are no turkeys around.
- Hunt the edges. Just like with deer hunting, you’ll often find turkeys along the edges between wooded habitat and open fields or meadows. Turkeys year-round are looking for good feeding areas with their primary food sources of insects, berries, seeds, or nuts. For a while in the spring, the breeding birds will focus a bit less on food sources and a bit more on each other, but you’ll do well to focus on areas close to good feeding areas.If you’re out in rainy weather, pay special attention to fields and open areas. Turkeys do exhibit mating behavior on rainy days – they’re just a whole lot quieter about it.
- Try to put turkeys to bed. If you are out late in the day and you can identify roosting trees where turkeys are spending the night, you’re way ahead of the game. Come back a couple hours before dawn and set up in a spot where you’re likely to have a shot when they come off their roost.