There are those who would have you believe turkeys are worthy of McArthur Foundation Grants, mostly those wanting to convince you they know something you don’t in way of selling product. In fact, I seem to have little trouble killing turkeys with bow, normally several each spring. I don’t consider myself a master turkey caller by any stretch of the imagination. And I’m rather impatient really. So what’s the big secret? Simple: Put away the shotgun and just do it. Of course there’s just a tad more to it than this, so here we go.
Get Away From People
“You haven’t bowhunted South Carolina turkeys!” says the frustrated bowhunter. That’s true (though I’ve killed tough birds in Alabama and Georgia), nor do I wish to. If you want regular success on bow turkeys, shun areas daily hammered by gun-hunting pressure. Seek the naïve and uneducated instead. This can mean traveling out of state, farther from large population centers, or hiking into remote areas, even true wilderness. That said, you can kill the toughest ones (like those Alabama and Georgia birds I’ve mentioned), but you simply won’t do it as often and without luck on your side. Too, not every bird’s a candidate for close-range encounters. Bowhunting turkey is about persistence, finding that bird among many willing to saunter in and offer a viable shot. If a bird balks after many hours of concerted effort, look for another candidate.