There are many variables when it comes to spring turkey hunting. But one fact remains obvious, you have to locate a bird before you can have a shot at it. There is definitely more than one way of locating spring turkeys – here are 3 of our favorite methods.
Calling All Toms
Using a call can be an effective method for locating a turkey. Early in the morning before setting up, use a shock call – a tom will most likely shock gobble back giving away his position.
Another method is to make a few light hen yelps early in the morning just before the birds start to fly down from their roost. A tom will note the anxious hen’s position and hopefully fly down in your direction.
Set Up Some Decoys
I took a nice tom last year by placing a hen and jake decoy 20 yards out. A gobbler flew from his roost right at the decoys allowing me to fill my tag less than an hour into the hunt.
It’s best to create a calming scene. Use a head-down or feeding hen decoy. Head upright decoys can communicate distress or unease particularly if both decoys are looking in the same direction.
Listen For Them To Roost
A great way of locating turkeys is to hone in on them the night before. Many times in the evening I’ve heard birds roosting. Using a spotting scope I noted the roost trees and knew right where to set up the next morning.