Turkey Tip #19: The Right Range

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Ben Sobieck
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Turkey Tip #19: The Right Range

Postby Ben Sobieck » April 26th, 2010, 6:03 am

Surprise! Most people want to see a gobbler approach from a long distance, but that's a mistake. Instead, look for setups where a turkey is in range the instant he instinctively knows he should be able to see the calling hen.

Make him top a hill, round a bend in a road or work around a vision-obscuring obstacle. When he does, he'll immediately look for the hen, and if you're 30 yards away, the hunt is finished.

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RE: Turkey Tip #19: The Right Range

Postby Everyday Hunter » April 26th, 2010, 6:31 am

A great point. Lots of hunters like to see the bird coming from a long way off, but many times that is a mistake.

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RE: Turkey Tip #19: The Right Range

Postby joeturkey » April 26th, 2010, 7:16 am

Hey Ben, this advice is right on the money! See my post under 2010 for Wisconsin for my 1st season of the year story!! Good luck and good hunting! Joe
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RE: Turkey Tip #19: The Right Range

Postby AZ Gunner » May 7th, 2010, 2:35 pm

My dad and I hunt Merriams in the mountains and we rarely see them before they get right on us. One of my favorite things is when you're not sure if they've committed or not and all the sudden a gobble thunders out at 50 yards. That really gets the adrenaline pumping cause you know at any moment he'll appear.

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RE: Turkey Tip #19: The Right Range

Postby Bobbyparks » May 7th, 2010, 4:11 pm

Thats a great tip Ben. 
Because I'm slow it took me a long time to figure this out. I used to set up in the open and wondered why birds would hang up? I never paid attention to what kind of cover I was in or what was behind me.
So much emphasis is put on calling and other aspects that sometimes having the right set up is overlooked especailly by those who are just starting.
To me it is one of the true keys to giving your self a chance for success.
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RE: Turkey Tip #19: The Right Range

Postby natman » May 8th, 2010, 8:23 am

Excellent tip. If you can see him coming, he knows the hen should be able to see him and he expects her to come running.

Make him look for you until he's close enough to shoot.

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RE: Turkey Tip #19: The Right Range

Postby mark hay » May 8th, 2010, 9:09 am

That is some  SOUND WISDOM there fellers .

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