Reply by: Barnacles Posted: Apr. 13, 9:28:54 AM Points: 640
I drive right past a hundred of em every time I go fishing. They love to strut around behind the no trespassing / no hunting signs. & scratch around on the school football field. I've been thinking I wish I had a tag. They sure are fun in the spring.
Havent hunted, no tag, but they are going wild where we live. Of course no hunting zone. If anyone needs advice or experienced caller to help them get a bird, Id be happy to help anyone out if they would like. Otherwise, good luck to all!
Reply by: riper69 Posted: Apr. 22, 11:21:48 AM Points: 1526
Had one going this morning but a snow squall came in and killed that opportunity. They just shut up Started the morning out to find 2 sets of lion tracks. Looked like a mom and kitten from last year. They walked down the same trail I was headed up.
Well done jman! I gave you a fins up since we don't have a jealous rage & hate button. Riper that's a cool picture of the cat tracks. Watch your back when you're on the turkey call. Saw two toms up by my house at 8700' today, strolling right into BLM land. Next few weeks should be really good.
Reply by: riper69 Posted: Apr. 24, 5:11:24 AM Points: 1526
Thanks Went back yesterday morning cat tracks in the same spot with a spot were it sat for awhile. Had a tom talking then I hurd a bunch of hounds. Our local hunting guide was on the trail of that cat 🐈
Congrats to you all that got some and good luck to those going out soon. I've tried for Merriams twice now but haven't heard anything at all, ill try again when its starts to warm up.
On the flip side I've been down to SE CO three times now for Rios, I've heard several Gobblers just going to town. I get to what I assume is within 80-100 yards of them and get set up under a tree/bush, set up a Hen decoy I have since its land with lots of open area. Start calling, get two or three gobbles back and then they just go quite. Every time. I never see or hear them again. its happened three times now to be exact. I'm sure I'm doing something wrong I just haven't figured it out yet.
I suspect I'm giving up too soon, anyone know if Toms take a while to come investigate?
My son and I use a couple jake decoys and I call like I'm the boss. When a tom see's the skinny little jakes they start in immediately. I use a plate type call and I call aggressively. I cut off a tom when he is going and many times they don't tolerate it. We use a ground blind.
It also helps to throw a couple of hen calls after your gobbles. Makes the Tom think the other ďTomĒ is going at it.one of the biggest mistakes Iíve made turkey hunting is not mixing it up enough, and not knowing when to stop calling.
Reply by: richw88 Posted: Apr. 26, 8:04:14 AM Points: 18
I've had them come in so fast (Rios and Merriams both) that I hardly got the gun up in time. Other times they may sit for hours waiting for "the hen" to make the next move. One bird down around Lake Dorothey spooked after 30 min when I tried to close on him. Two days later I gave him one faint tree yelp at daylight and then sat patiently for 3 hours and he never left his tree. Just call shy. Sometimes they sneak in quietly, other times they're so lonely they call their heads off. There is no set rule. If you wait a long time, your whole morning could be wasted. If you don't, you may be SOL instead. It will all depend on how educated the birds are, and how desperate they are for a hen. One rule always works: If you can locate a really gobbly bird the night before and put him to roost, he'll be easy pickings in the AM. Very few people use sunset as the best time to be out listening.
In my past, I have had many birds slow play their approach. Everyone has their own likes and dislikes, but with all of the turkey hunters that I know, very few are good enough on the call to be loud and aggressive all the way to the shot. I might try getting their attention, and then going fairly silent. Only the occasional soft cluck and putt. I am almost ashamed to admit how many times I got impatient and as I was getting up to move locations, blew the bird(s) out of the zip code. In my nature is to be aggressive, but i kill more birds if I am more patient. Good luck!
I think turkeys like elk have been over called the last 10 years or so. Sometimes in the fall while hunting the calls are down right embarrassing. I feel the calling is way over done and the elk are way to wise to fall for it.
Reply by: Bizkits Dad Posted: Apr. 27, 9:41:12 AM Points: 331
Double what hightide said. I've done my best with the "less is more" approach. Several seasons ago, I was up by Big Mac and hunted Friday through Sunday in full Gillie suit cammo. 5pm Sunday, I was done and ready to leave. Just waiting for my son to come back from a spot and stalk. I took off all my cammo and sat against a tree in my jeans and t-shirt. Started practicing my putts and purrs looking down at the dirt. Thought I heard something and looked up to see 2 toms about 10 feet away just staring at me.
Since then, I do a lot less yelping and a lot more putting and purring. I also find it really effective to ruffle feathers.
Reply by: riper69 Posted: May. 3, 8:37:13 AM Points: 1526
Thanks Its amazing the eye sight on those things I swear they see you blink your eyes. Before this one had a really nice tom come in to 13yrds couldn't make it happen. Stayed put even though I was pretty pissed about spooking that turkey. Kept very light clucks and purrs. 10 min later this jake came through. Ranged a rock at 33yrds. Drew the bow when he walked behind a big tree. Made a moving shot on this guy. Haven't perfected the mouth call so I couldn't get him to stop.