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I am going to try Turkey Hunting, what all do I need?

blkbird305blkbird305 MemberPosts: 220 Member
Spring Turkey opens Saturday (Apr. 20) and I have threatened for years to try turkey hunting, no better time than now I guess. Problem is I dont know anyone who Turkey Hunts but I figure the experts on here can hook me up.

What all gear do I need and what techniques seem to work best for drawin them in. I have an 870 with a turkey choke and plenty of camo, beyond that what is needed? Calls? Decoys? I've seen the typical hunting shows on it and read a few hunting articles on it and it seems I need to be rather well camo'd up (although some say it doesnt matter.)

I know of a place where I used to always see many mature turkeys, so I should have a good spot to hunt them on.

Educate me please, oh wise ones.

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  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 12,625 Senior Member
    I have not shot one yet, but I would get several suitable turkey loads and sight them in on a turkey target to pattern your gun, there is a difference.

    So far they seem to ignore my decoys. Call whatever the Tom responds to and call about 1/2 as much as you want to. You need to go scout the hour before dusk and see where they are roosting and then set up way before first light to head them off at the pass. Me and the kids have been close, but no cigar yet.

    Don't move, at all, lots of appropriate camo, and lots of bug dope.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • 1965Jeff1965Jeff Senior Member Posts: 1,644 Senior Member
    My friend and I shot 2 a piece in the last 2 days. Get a box call and practice with it, pattern the gun & load you choose. Next locate the birds, scout out your hunting area to find where they hang out. Be patient, a little calling goes a long way- if a Tom gobbles to your call shut up and wait for him. Be patient. Get somebody to partner with you who has some experience. Be patient. Ticks suck so invest in some heavy duty bug spray. Good luck.
  • gunwalkergunwalker Member Posts: 479 Member
    Depends. turkey hunting has become somewhat like fly fishing. You will see some guys with a vest loaded with 6 different calls and different shotgun chokes and a bag full of decoys. Then there is the guy with a single shot 20 gauge using the same lynch box call that he has used for the past 50 years. I believe in the KISS philosophy.
    We do not view the world as it is, but as we perceive it to be.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 23,988 Senior Member
    I am going to try Turkey Hunting, what all do I need?

    A willing turkey to show up. Then, shoot him.

    :tooth:
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • linemanlineman New Member Posts: 6 New Member
  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 10,161 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    I am going to try Turkey Hunting, what all do I need?

    A willing turkey to show up. Then, shoot him.

    :tooth:

    Make sure it isn't Sixgun!

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  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 10,161 Senior Member
    Take something blaze orange to wrap around the tree you will be sitting against, and wear something orange while moving....

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    More people around here seem to get shot during turkey season than deer season....
    "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." Thomas Jefferson
  • 1965Jeff1965Jeff Senior Member Posts: 1,644 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    I am going to try Turkey Hunting, what all do I need?

    A willing turkey to show up. Then, shoot him.

    :tooth:
    That pretty much sums it up!
  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 10,161 Senior Member
    I would get three calls, one hen decoy and a jake decoy.

    The easiest turkey call to use is the push pull call....

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    then the box call...

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    Slate isn't hard to learn, but take some practice. Although real slate and a hickory striker sound the best, if you are only going to have one get an acrylic with composite striker. The push pull, box, and real slate don't work well in the rain. An acrylic or aluminum slate call will..

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    "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." Thomas Jefferson
  • Grizz1219Grizz1219 Member Posts: 424 Member
    Get some Permethrin... SP?? Spray your camo with it till it is damp... wrap all of it in a plastic bag for 24 hours... Then let it air dry... You won't see a tick all season. you can wash your clothes several times before it lowers the effectiveness.. as for turkey hunting.. all good advice above... Get some DVD's and watch them.. they show the tough part.. the last 75 yards...
  • WeatherbyWeatherby Senior Member Posts: 4,953 Senior Member
    Find a spot that the Tom wants to be. He will have an area he likes to strut in.If you are where he already wants to be it doesn't take much convincing to get him there
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 24,713 Senior Member
    jbp-ohio wrote: »
    Make sure it isn't Sixgun!

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    That turkey stands like Sixgun.
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  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 10,161 Senior Member
    "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." Thomas Jefferson
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,148 Senior Member
    NN wrote: »
    That turkey stands like Sixgun.

    Agreed!

    The obvious first step in turkey hunting is finding the birds. BUT, you also have to tailor your approach to your surroundings. This week, I had access to a great private field, but it sits directly next to a public land area. I learned the hard lesson that if you have an area like this going good during archery season, treat the day before shotgun season as the last day of your hunt and shoot whatever legal bird you get in front of you! I'm about to leave Nebraska empty-handed after doing the old "I'll wait for a bigger one" routine and spilling over into an insanely overcrowded shotgun season.

    The last two days of archery season on the field where I called these two in to 10 yards were great! I thought I'd get a crack at a bigger one after two long beards came into about 30 minutes later but just a bit too far given the gusting winds. Then shotgun season opened in the adjoining public land the next day and all hell broke loose with a boatload of people hammering every roost in town. I never got another clean crack at a bird.

    I got some much better video of all of the aforementioned birds that I'll post later when I have access to a real WiFi connection.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,428 Senior Member
    I've seen a pretty effective home-brew call made from a Skoal can with piece of soft aluminum sheet metal fitted to it. Scuff the surface of the aluminum with some coarse sandpaper and use a piece of turkey leg bone as a striker.
    Jerry
  • SirGeorgeKillianSirGeorgeKillian Senior Member Posts: 5,462 Senior Member
    You might end up with a reed in your mouth, but other than that, don't blow into turkey calls.
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  • blkbird305blkbird305 Member Posts: 220 Member
    Awesome! Thanks for all the responses.

    I now have:
    A jake decoy
    A box call
    a patterned shotgun
    a good hunting location in the area where a decent size flock hangs out
    plenty of camo and a camo chair

    Sounds like Im ready
  • blkbird305blkbird305 Member Posts: 220 Member
    Zee wrote: »
    A willing turkey to show up. Then, shoot him.

    :tooth:

    That's the ticket!
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 12,625 Senior Member
    You might end up with a reed in your mouth, but other than that, don't blow into turkey calls.

    My office manager response to this video was great, " yep, she's done that before."
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • blkbird305blkbird305 Member Posts: 220 Member
    Well, no dice last Saturday but I did almost step on a doe while out there... nah, but I did get to within around 10 yards of her before I knew she was there... She was hiding in the shrubbery.

    I am right in thinking that turkey hunting is a mostly dawn and dusk affair, correct?
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 12,625 Senior Member
    I have had the best action from dawn to mid morning. I would be out and set up at least 1/2 hour before legal shooting, which is 1/2 hour before sunrise in MN. Get out with a gobble call at sunset, once you get some to answer. they should be there in the AM.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • Cheetoh734Cheetoh734 Senior Member Posts: 714 Senior Member
    I had the most luck wearing full camo, including a pull up face shield and a hat. I also got a light pack with the butt pad and kidney pads...I got a nice one by walking, calling. Waiting, listening, calling etc. When I got close I sat against a tree and let out a call, then waited and he came to me...that was quite a rush. Moving quietly and then waiting worked the best for me. IMHO pack for walking and be ready to hunker down quick if one calls close, probably no chair...
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