ORIGINAL: Big Daddy Long Beard
A few questions:
How do you know when to run and gun?
How do you know whent NOT to run and gun?
Do any of you use Owl calls or any other locating calls?
If you located a gobbler on the roost, where do you setup at? Under him, or within how many yards?
I know these questions sound stupid to some, but please understand I'm new to this. I enjoy turkey hunting but would like to see my hard work pay off with meat in the freezer!
Considering the size of the tract of land you are hunting run and gun may be your best tactic... I personally cannot stand turkey waiting and feel I can kill two birds in the 2 hours I spend waiting on one, so my answers are kind of partial..
When to run and gun? Run and Gun can be highly effective at any time during the turkey breeding cycle. With the large tract of land you have with any bird density at all, even when henned up their is a suicide bird somewhere, you need to find him.. Without all the boring details, the most important thing to remember when running and gunning is stealth and not exposing yourself if it can be helped.
When not to run and gun? When you have a bird sounding off in the tree and if you are tired in the afternoon?
Owl and other locater calls? When I do not have a bird roosted I owl as soon as I think I can draw a gobble from a turkey.. IF I can get him to sound off I just bought myself ten more minutes.
Other locaters= Crow, alot of folks claim a crow dont work throughout the day. I disagree, you need to find a crow that is louder and higher pitch.. Its about making birds gobble when they dont want too, not sounding exactly like a crow. I use a crow first at every stop when running and gunning. If I can pull a gobble without dipping into turkey calls, I am that far ahead. I know he isnt running in, I have time to decide on the factors to success, move closer stay put, proper set up etc etc
Roosted bird, How close?? Turkeys can not see any better than us at night. Essentially you can walk as close as you want if it is dark (early, no full moon). Popular media makes it cliche to set up 150 - 200 yards from the roost.. You are not going to kill many birds off the roost if you are this far and there is hens somewhere in the proximity... I get as close as I feel I have enough cover to not be seen while he is in the tree. Knowing the land is important as well and picking a proper setup in the dark.. The yards you can cut he has to come and obstacles in the way the better the chance of killing that turkey.