Yamaha Outdoors Tip of the Week – Turkey Basics 4-18-2013


You can use an ATV or SxS to scout and hunt away from the roads and other hunters.

Today’s turkey hunters are fortunate there’s so much great information available with regard to turkey hunting tools, tactics and techniques. However, I wonder if at times it might be too much of a good thing. With so much often detailed and in-depth information it’s easy to get confused on what the right call or tactic is for a specific scenario. If you find yourself in such a quandary your best bet might be to take a step back and look at the big picture, and the basics. The recipe for success boils down to common sense.

Avoid the Easy Pickings – It’s not easy to do, but sometimes you’re better off leaving the low hanging fruit to others. You’ve been watching a particular bird for weeks and finally have his routine down cold. From the roadside you see him strutting in a big wheat field every morning. So do all the other hunters who are just now starting their pre-season scouting; and you can bet there will be a crowd there come opening day. More than likely someone will interfere with someone else, and everyone will leave without a bird. You should have known better. Focus your efforts elsewhere, on birds that aren’t so obvious or easy to find. And try to locate several so that you have options should Plan A or Plan B fail to produce.

Call Conservatively – I don’t care how experienced you are, if there’s a turkey gobbling nearby and you have a call in your hands or your mouth, you will be tempted to use it. One of the biggest mistakes novice turkey hunters make is calling too much. The next biggest is not calling enough. The trick is striking the right balance, but if you’re unsure, it’s always better to err on the side of caution. You might lose a bird if you don’t call enough but you will lose one if you call too much. Playing the odds I’ll take might over will any day.

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