ORIGINAL: joey p
Hey guys. I really like this forum, I've read it for several weeks now, but just decided to join. I've been turkey hunting about 15 years now, but I've only managed 1 turkey (pathetic, I know.) This year, I've got a new work schedule that starts at 11 a.m., so I have to ability to turkey hunt every single morning. So, I really want to do it right, and try to kill one this year.
My turkey hunting history can be summed up very simply. Whatever I've needed a turkey to do, in order to kill him, he's ALWAYS done the exact opposite. If I set up above him, he went down hill. If I set up below him, he went uphill. If I called a lot, he answered a lot, but never came. If I called a little, he answered a little, but never came. If he was in the field yesterday for 3 hours, and I went back tomorrow and set up in the field, he was in the woods. The brush was too thick between us, and he stood at 30 yards gobbling for 2 hours. 2 longbeards answered my every call, came in at full strut, only to PANIC when they saw my 2 hen decoys, I rushed my shot, and hit a tree instead of the turkey.
These things have all happened to me.
I am starting to think my main problem is I don't scout enough. I know from duck hunting, if you're not where the birds want to be, they ain't coming. Period.
What I'm asking (in this long winded intro) is this: what is the number 1 mindset or mentality that you use to consistently kill turkeys. I'm not really a green amature that doesn't know what end of the turkey call to blow, but obviously I'm not a successful turkey hunter. (Even though I'm very successful at most other types of hunting.)
#1 mindset: Be where there are turkeys-- believe me it helps a lot.
#2 mindset: Be like that wise old bird, the owl. He may be the stupidest bird in the woods, but he has the reputation for being wise. The reason? His calls are sparse and he asks questions: Who? Who? If you can get where the turkeys are, and give a little bit of calling to get them interested, the gobblers will eventually come to check you out. If you're a loud boisterous dip, the turkeys will figure out you are a bad fake and give you a wide berth. Woodsmanship will beat out calling nearly every time. A little cluck now and again (Where are you?) is sometimes all you need.