I do not know were to start; don't get down when you come home w/o a bird, it's the experience that is the trophy!
That is why I started to video tape my hunts. They are not anything like you can buy, but a memory that is preserved forever and cheaper than a full mount that my wife will not allow in our house!
PRACTICE,PRACTICE,PRACTICE, I have shot at different levels for over 40 years. After two rotator-cuff surgerys in 3 years, I now shoot just 10/12 arrows every other day down my basement @ 15 yards. That is my "comfort" range for a clean kill, I will shoot out to 20 if I had to but my first kill was @ 2 yards. Watch a few videos from Double Bull, Another Year on The Ground, they will show you several good tips. The only thing I don't like is they make it look to EASY !
I had more encounters w/birds B/4 I found out about there blinds, but got busted most times lot's of missed "head shots"
I sound like a commercial for Double Bull but I can not tell you enough about the quality of the product, and they are also great for deer hunting I have even used mine to ice fish...
You need to hunt all day, I see more birds from 10am-2pm plus I never get early tags so I am hunting during the later stages of the "rut" ?
You will need to hunt more farmland & less woods unles you have pockets of clearing were you can see for 40/50 yards.
I look for strut zones, dusting sites, maybe feed, ie. cut corn fields, find the hens & get em' to talk, they are the best turkey call out there!
I use motion decoys with a string attached, most states have outlawed electronics. I also use a breeding pair and or a "jake" in strut. Yes I scare alot of 2yr olds away but the 3/4 yr olds that are left that time of the season are "pissed off" when they see some one else gettin' some in there neighborhood!
You will not forget the sights and sounds of bow hunting turkeys it's similar to bow hunting almost anything else.
I can still remeber my first kill like it was last week, 3 toms in my set up for 45 minuets! Drummin' next to my homemade blind @ 3/4 yards, but when the wings touched the side of my blind that was it. I shot right thru the side & pinned him to the ground. The blackest black & gleam you will ever see is in a turkeys eye @ that range, therefore look em' in the eye before you give em' the shaft !
Stay in touch we can PM or e-mail also if you like or this board is great because we can get input from others ...
look em' in the eye before you give em' the shaft...
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