ORIGINAL: Virginia Boy
Here's a question for some of you long time turkey hunters that has been puzzling this newbie for years. I've been trained that if you have this type of parcel - you must hunt the fields. And that's what we've been doing. So... what does everyone think? Thanks in advance.
I'd say that's some questionable training there. Often times folks have early success hunting a certain way and get locked into that routine. You should never limit your options when it comes to turkey hunting. The turkeys don't limit theirs, they are totally unpredictable, and it enables them to survive.
Some great advice so far. One of the oldest sayings in turkey hunting is, "You can't make the birds go where they don't want to be." Absolutely true. Some days they just don't want to be in the fields- if it's too windy, too hot, the vegatation is too wet, etc. Their food sources change over the course of the season and that influences their movement. Even when they do hit the fields they usually have preferred patterns and travel routes. In one very large field I hunt, the birds prefer to move through a long saddle with a rise on each side until they reach the middle of the field. They evidently feel safer from predators not being seen for great distances.
Switch up the way you hunt and you'll be more successful.
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