kygobbler wrote:Besides using a dog to recover wounded birds, how can the dog help you in the spring?
When a group of turkeys are at the opposite end of a field and you the human hunter can not run fast enough to scatter them.
I describe this tactic here- http://www.charlieelk.com/2013/scare-tu ... r-ray-eye/
I have killed many spring gobblers by breaking up strutters and hens. When a couple of gobblers are scared away from a hen or hens they were strutting for; those gobblers are very anxious to reunite with the girls.
Allowing your turkey dog to course as is done in the fall would not be a good spring strategy. Rather, on a leash or kept at close heel (my command is sneak) Vic points out the entry and exit points turkeys use in a particular area. Vic points out areas holding silent turkeys. Just because it is quiet does not mean there are no turkeys about.
Companionship is biggest reason a turkey dogger wants his dog with.
After spending so much time sitting side by side in the fall it is a betrayal to leave your closest hunting buddy at home
kygobbler wrote:The other benefit I see is if your setup the dog can tell you which direction the bird is coming. That would help out when that sneaky gobbler comes in from behind you.
My hearing is not what it used to be and a dog can be your "hearing ear dog".
turkey junky wrote:i was just in NE & on all there WMA signs said no running of dogs after may 10th or something like that? so i would double check the legallity of using hunting dogs in the spring season after that point???
According to NE game department those signs refer to hounds and other training practices. In the spring it would be disadvantageous to allow your turkey dog free reign. As I remind Vic - "I wear the whistle you wear the collar and there is a reason for that."