Prepare for the Hunt

Apr 05, 2021


Every morning, as the sun rises over the horizon, the sound of turkeys echo through the woods. Unable to resist this calling, hunters will often spend the early hours before work during turkey season lying in wait for an unsuspecting tom to pass by.
 
Every hunter has his personal tips and tricks, but there are a few basic tactics that can be followed to increase your chances of bringing home a trophy bird.
  1. Scout the area
Like with any type of game hunting, a little preparation can go a long way. Spend a few days before the season begins to find the flock’s favorite roosting and grazing places. If left unpressured by weather or other circumstances, toms will often frequent the same area, creating a pattern that can be learned by an observant hunter. It’s also best to scout the area around the same time of day that you will be hunting.
  1. Learn the pattern
One of the best times of day to hunt is early in the morning when the toms are strutting in plain sight to catch the attention of a passing hen. Wake up early and get settled into position long before the toms come out to play so that you don’t scare them off rustling through your gear. If you have learned their pattern, you can set up shop in their path and wait for the tom to come to you.
  1. Work as a team
Use teamwork to draw the turkey to the hunter. The callers of the group can work behind the shooter, moving back and forth, scratching the ground, and making feeding sounds. It’s important to understand that turkey calls can do more damage than good and should therefore be used sparingly to avoid spooking or confusing the bird. The goal is to sound as natural as possible so that the tom has no hesitation when coming closer to investigate.
  1. Blend into the surroundings
Luckily with turkeys, you do not have to worry about masking your scent. However, turkeys have unbelievable eyesight, so concealment is a must. Wear camouflage clothing, as well as a mask and gloves to completely blend into your surroundings. Turkey vests that are loaded with pockets will help you carry all your gear and will provide cushion to keep you comfortable when sitting for lengthy periods of time.
 
Consistent success takes time and patience, but anyone can do it. Stop by your local Co-op to find the best gear for your next hunting trip. Find the nearest location here.
 
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