start with gear....... There are many types of calls some good and some ?
this deals with ease of use sound, and maintenance.
easy to use, great for yelps, clucks, cutting keekees and (some box calls) a
gobble. Sound (depends on type of wood used to make it, and the maker of the
call) Excellent to poor. Maintenance, being made of wood, can't get it wet (if
so air dry) and have to lightly sand the rails and the lid, (the lid will
develop a glaze (compressed wood)) sand and chalk with a rosin chalk, no school
house chalk (contains wax).
hard to use, great for yelps and keekees. Sound is excellent if you know how to
use one. Maintenance, really none, if it gets wet just air dry.
learn how to use any of the above calls, get a good video, many are out there,
and just practice. But not out in the woods!
This topic is a hot one. I hear alot about this, 'how I went out before
session and called a bunch in' (this also includes presession scouting). You are
only 'educating' turkeys, and when the session comes, where are they. Practice
at home, and for scouting do it from the road, or ask the local farmers where
they might be.
and gobble tubes...... both are good and both can be very dangerous. Decoys can
help bring the tom the last few steps for a clean shot. But make sure the
decoy(s) are place in front of you and you are up against a good tree
(the width of your shoulders) and a clear view. Some people mistake
decoys for a real thing. Later on this topic. Gobble tubes, can bring in the big
boys, but the smaller toms and jakes, might scare them off (if you heard the
school yard bully, what would you do?). Bad points... most hunters key on a
turkey gobble and you might get shot at.
never wear turkey colors reds, blues and whites. Have your back up against a
Never - ever stalk a turkey, it might be another hunter. But this is the
in New York state, only bearded birds can be taken, if you can make out
and be sure about the beard on the turkey, you are almost sure it is a turkey.
Most hunters use from 10 Ga. down to 20. While the 12 ga. the most
poplar. Next is the shot size, this depends on your gun and hunting style. Every
gun shoots different, and the best way is to get a bunch of your friends down to
the range with different turkey loads and pattern your gun out.