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anyone have advice for a beginner turkey hunter?

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  • rudyglove27
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    Agreed with Del in KS answer above and A + 1 for you sir!!!

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  • CavRecon
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    Patience, stillness, and tick repellent.

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  • jbird
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    Get out there early and listen for gobbles from the roost. Try to sneak close. A push button yelper is the easiest call to use, boxes and frictions aren't much harder. Mouth calls take alot of practice, but are the most rewarding personally, and they require the least movement when the Tom's in sight. Google "turkey calling", and you can find some cool sites w/ all the turkey vocalizations so you can hear what your trying to sound like. A turkey hunting dvd wouldn't hurt either. Good luck!

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  • DanInArkinsaw
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    I agree with alot of the pros on this page. If you will listen and pay attention to the birds you will quickly pick up on thier behaviours. The key to success is knowing your prey.

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  • Del in KS
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    I have a bag full of decoys. Struttin Jake, hens Gobbler etc tried them all. Sometimes they work sometimes they don't. Nowdays I don't use one unless it's a special situation. You don't want a bird to 1. hang up when he sees the hen and try to call her to him or 2 see the jake or gobbler and be intimidated. If he gets close and sees nothing he is more likely to keep looking until your shot hits his head. Try to set up so that he is in range when you see the bird. You can click on my username and check the Gobbler pics one of them has 5 beards. Can't get enough Turkey hunting.

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  • Del in KS
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    These birds are very wary but smart? I've read the stories bout birds that are impossible to kill but have not met one yet. There was a bird that always hung out in the middle of a pasture. The only cover was a patch of wild roses. Using my clippers I cut out a hole in the middle and crawled in the next day before daylight. That Gobbler went home with me that morning.

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  • Del in KS
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    What state do you live in?

    All the above is good advice. Just keep in mind you can't move when an alert bird is in sight. Wait until his head is behind something to move your gun. Some birds come in silent but if he comes in Gobbling have your gun up and pointed where you expect him to appear. Many birds do not come straight in they like to circle and sometimes pop up where you don't expect so always be still. Another trick is to practice aiming your gun lefthanded. Then when he comes in on your right you can switch the gun to your left shoulder when his head is down and kill him. Learned this after I lost a bird that way.

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  • kgkjager522
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    i already have a remington 870 12-gauge, but i need to stock up on the camo, calls and ammo. the reason i asked was because i don't know anyone who turkey hunts... i'm gonna have to teach myself. thanks for the great advice.

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  • s-kfry
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    Find some friends who know what they are doing, will cut the learning time in half or more.

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  • Joehunter12
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    c'mon guys! JUST HAVE FUN!!!

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  • Drew135
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    Just Get some good rest before you go out in the morning or you will end up falling asleep

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  • Beekeeper
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    Good camo including headnet and gloves. Pattern you shotgun with several different loads to determmine effectiveness out to 40 yards. Work with a glass or slate friction call. They are the easiest to learn and make all the differnt calls you will need. Lean your hunting area, get maps of your hunting area to help you learn the terrain. Practice your wood craft. Calling is only about 20% of turket hunting. Minimize the use of locator calls. Check out this link to the NWTF for more tips and tactics.

    http://www.nwtf.org/for_hunters/

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  • shane
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    Get turkey head targets, and shoot the crap out of them. Get good with light loads so it's cheap, then make sure you are just as good with heavy magnum turkey loads. Unless you are hard-core in the recoil category, don't feel the need to shoot 3.5"s. But it won't hurt. Much. 2 3/4" magnums will kill them, as will a 20 gauge. 3"s are perfect. Use size 5 shot copper plated and buffered shot, even though your everyday 7 1/2 will work too. An all camo gun is great, or you can camo wrap or tape or even paint your gun.

    I like to use a box call and some loud yelping for distance, then a mouth diaphragm call for hands-free motionlessness when they get closer.

    Be very very camo'd up. Little to no skin showing. This means camo gloves, a full coverage camo mask, and in my opinion, some camo paint for those little bits the mask still leaves exposed. Those birds have some serious eyes. You can never be too concealed, but remember, they have no sense of smell. You can stink all you want, and after a good, hard hunt, you probably should by the time you get back in the trunk.

    Stay hydrated. And don't be afraid to jump up real quick to make a tough shot. Just make it quick and take your time and blow his head off. You'll figure it out.

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  • kolbster
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    full camo and 12 ga

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  • huskerguy
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    Full camo, learn to use a couple diffrent calls, just listen to the turkeys while your out there. They can teach you alot, and it's kinda fun to argue with a hen while she's bringing in a couple toms with her. You'll learn new things and ways to hunt each time you go out. For some many people saying their stupid birds they can be hard to hunt.

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