Top Ad

Collapse

Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

I am a 13 year old kid who wants to know everything about turkey hunting because I want to go turkey hunting this spring. What g

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • #16
    Word of caution on calls - be careful where and when you practice. I was driving to work one morning with a diaphragm call in my mouth, yelping happily along, when my sinuses started draining and I choked, almost swallowed the call, had my car sideways in the road for a bit. Also, when, in your case, your mother, threatens to throw you out of the house and burn your calls, you know you're practicing enough, keep it up, just somewhere safe. On a more serious note, be aware of your surroundings as I said earlier, not only for other hunters, but predators will also come to a turkey call and have been known to attack until they figured out it was a person. Not trying to scare you, just advise you. Anything more, don't hesitate to ask. Good hunting.

    Comment


    • #17
      98.6, you've struck a chord with me, I see myself in you, a lot of years ago, and thanks to the Beekeeper and Sarge01 getting me involved with hunter safety and working with kids like you, I keep thinking of more things to share with you. Some incidentals that you should take with you would include a small pair of binocs, a camera, a water bottle and a few things to eat, snake chaps depending on what's in your area, and an archery type range finder so you keep your shots inside your effective range. Regards.........

      Comment


      • #18
        98.6
        When you learn "everything" about turkey hunting, please, Please, PLEASE! Come back here and teach the rest of us! LOL!!!

        Seriously,
        Turkey hunting is the most passionate of the gun sports that I've ever gotten into.
        I've got calls I haven't used in years. I make "wing bone" calls out of every bird I take!
        The adrenaline rush of a tom coming to you strutting and gobbling has got to be right up there with a close quarter elephant charge!

        Patience! Patience! Patience!
        You'll find out what worked like a charm today, is useless tomorrow!
        What works tomorrow, will work the next 3 times you go out.
        If you call too much, they won't come in.
        If you call too little, they won't come in!
        Sometimes, you can call just right, and they won't come in!
        Sadly, you won't know which is which until the turkey leaves!

        Practice! Practice! Practice!

        I'll leave you with this story.
        The first time I decided I'd "call" turkeys, I didn't have a call. I found some cedar I had laying around, broke out my table saw and Elmer's Wood Glue and "made" a box call. It wouldn't putt, yelp or purr, but it did put out a high pitched squawk sorta sound.
        Not having ANY idea what I was doing, I sat down on a pond dam and drug out my "squawk" box and hit it a lick or two.
        HUH? A turkey gobbled in response! I tried the "squawk" again and again I got a gobble and suddenly spied the turkey headed my way!
        I put the box down, got ready and the turkey came to me like he was on a string!
        First turkey weighed 23 pounds! (Rio!)
        I've been smitten ever since! It's wonderful!

        Comment


        • #19
          Thank you everybody for all the info. And 007, how did your first turkey hunt go, and when did you get your first one?

          Comment


          • #20
            i cant speak for 007, but i didnt seal the deal my first year even though i didnt call and had good mentors doing the work for me. my second season i went off by myself and got a nice one on the second to last day (this was hunting every morning before school, most days after school, and all day on the weekends). didnt kill one my third year (i missed a decent bird on the opening morning and never had another one in close rest of season, that was on me), and ive killed one every year from my 4th season on, also im always calling in birds for other people that were killed after i filled my tag. once i fill my tag i will never tell someone i wont call for them, even though i dont have a gun i feel the more time i can spend in the woods calling and hunting them the better it makes me for next season.

            i dont know if this is a viable option for you, but when i first started out, before turkey season rolled around, i put on my camo and took my calls and walked to the park next to my house. its big, and theres tons of game, especially turkeys. i would try and call in birds in the park. that was invaluable.

            Comment


            • #21
              98.6, it took me several years to get that first one, I called one in just so far and he took off when the old boss bird showed looking for a fight. Shortly thereafter ol' boss ran into 2 oz's of #6 copper coated. I was blessed to have two real turkey hawks take me under their wing, pun intended, and I learned volumes from them. Be patient, it will take time, be happy with little victories if you don't close the deal the first year, and enjoy the spring woods, a fine and shining time to be out. It will come but there is a lot to learn and become proficient at, but trust me, it is all worth it. Good hunting, young one.

              Comment


              • #22
                Also don't forget your Benz 101 tick spray! That's the worst part of turkey hunting is the chiggers and ticks that are out and about. I would also recommend stepping on the turkeys neck when you shoot him. You'll see people on TV just run up and grab the turkeys after they've shot them but I would not do that! Their spurs can really hurt if you got caught. The reason for the boot is just to put them down quicker. But again, watch out for their spurs. As long as you do it right you'll be alright.

                Comment


                • #23
                  98.6, 007 is right as usual about the diaphragm calls and driving. I ran a concrete barrier in a parking garage all the way down the side of my truck fooling around with one. About 3K worth of damage. D'oh!
                  And I still sound like a constipated goose.

                  Comment


                  • #24
                    Thanks everybody! Now all I have to do is wait till april for the start of turkey season.

                    Comment


                    • #25
                      One last thing, you'll need a locator call to make ol' thunder shock gobble in the early mornings or late evenings. Everybody and his uncle uses a crow call so don't do that, go with a barred owl, pileated woodpecker, or even a peacock call, something to make him gobble but not start your way until you're open for business. Some folks like coyote howls but I'm just not sold on that, I think it spooks them. And do NOT mess around with a gobbling tube until you're a little more familiar, good way to either spook the bird or attract some fool who shoots at sounds.

                      Comment


                      • #26
                        007 , I think you just told me about everything I need to know about turkey hunting. I appreciate all your help and after turkey season I will post how me and my dad's season went.

                        Comment


                        • #27
                          You are most welcomed. I have developed a serious interest in helping kids like you get started so I am enjoying it and no, I haven't told you everything you need to know, I gave you the bare bones basics as I see them. As stated above, everything that you think you know will go out the window one day with one bird, then work perfectly a couple of days later with another, which is where, why, and how you continually learn about this great game animal and what makes them tick. Do keep me posted, and good hunting!

                          Comment


                          • #28
                            I found a good locater owl call and a box call on amazon. I cant wait till turkey season starts.


                            P.S. Why and How does a locator owl call make a turkey gobble

                            Comment


                            • #29
                              And also how big are wild turkeys typically?

                              Comment


                              • #30
                                Something in their mentality makes them gobble at sharp, sudden noises, usually early in the morning or late in the afternoon, don't know why unless it's a show of aggression. They've been know to gobble at car horns, thunder, hawks, owls, most anything along that line. Kill a 20-22# spring gobbler with 10-12" of beard with 1 1/2" or longer spurs and you've got a real keeper.

                                Comment

                                Welcome!

                                Collapse

                                Welcome to Field and Streams's Answers section. Here you will find hunting, fishing, and survival tips from the editors of Field and Stream, as well as recommendations from readers like yourself.

                                If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ for information on posting and navigating the forums.

                                And don't forget to check out the latest reviews on guns and outdoor gear on fieldandstream.com.

                                Right Rail 1

                                Collapse

                                Top Active Users

                                Collapse

                                There are no top active users.

                                Right Rail 2

                                Collapse

                                Latest Topics

                                Collapse

                                Right Rail 3

                                Collapse

                                Footer Ad

                                Collapse
                                Working...
                                X