Mark wrote:In a lot of cases, the woods can seem mighty quiet as we get to the end of May. You hear plenty of opinions that it's the weeks of hunting pressure that cause birds to pipe down, but it seems to me that you can get good response from calling, and it's much more a matter of being where turkeys are. I believe a lot of birds just slide away from the human pressure and relocate to places where there are fewer disturbances. For example, while hunting this past week, it seemed that when I got into the same places where turkeys were, I got good responses to calling. It has been hot and windy, and the turkeys were not vocal on their own, but could be fired up with some encouragement.
How does this compare with what you believe about late season and the birds' behavior?
mark strand wrote:So when I'm hunting there late in the spring, I don't sit on spots that would be high-percentage in April. I keep moving until I strike a bird, knowing that I'm dealing with fewer turkeys, on a day to day basis, than I would a few weeks earlier. And I have seen very similar dynamics in other places.
MarkStrand wrote:I really like what you said about fall turkey hunting, because that's another world and one where good calling is demanded. This is another example of an aspect of the sport that Ray Eye has shown me up close. His ability to call fall gobblers on purpose is amazing, and he always wonders out loud why anybody would spook the birds away first, then try to call them up.
MarkStrand wrote:Oh,and I forgot to add: I totally agree with you about treerooster. He is the real deal. He hunts all over the place, and is a good writer and photographer. He wrote an article about how he sets up his turkey camp that is really good. Can't remember where it appeared, but it was on a blog.
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