How do you hunt pressured turkeys on public land?
18 Tips for Hunting Pressured Late-Season Turkeys
- Hunt tough turkeys like you hunt deer.
- Find the short grass, where turkeys can strut.
- Hunt midmorning for public-land toms.
- Target the boss gobbler.
- Don’t be in a rush with late turkeys.
- Make a milk run of known strut zones.
- Tone down your turkey calling.
How do I find a good turkey hunting spot?
Consider the factors below to determine likely roost sites:
- Proximity to water. The old hunter’s adage suggesting, “Turkeys love to roost where they can hear their droppings hit water,” rings true here.
- Heavy, mature timber.
- Open areas.
- Shelter sites.
- Look for sign.
- Use your ears.
- Use your eyes.
What time should you get in the woods for turkey hunting?
Most states allow hunting a half-hour before sunrise so be in the woods early. How early? Get to your setup site at least 30 to 45 minutes before shooting light.
What state has the best public land turkey hunting?
Tennessee is at the top of many turkey hunters’ lists, mostly because it’s a beautiful state with liberal limits, lots of public land, and accessible to most anyone in the eastern half of the US. Hunters get up to three turkey tags per season and there’s about a quarter of a million Easterns to chase.
Do turkeys gobble less later in the season?
Mid-Season Phase – The middle few weeks of the season are marked by few vocal gobblers. Breeding is in full swing, which means less gobbling and uninterested birds. Advanced and adaptable turkey calling in combination with run and gun setups can produce results in this phase.
Do turkeys like tall or short grass?
Whether it’s a field of tall grass or thickets of shrubs and vines, turkeys need escape areas. A good way to create some escape cover that turkeys will love is to clear-cut a section of timber; one to five acres is plenty, with a couple of the smaller-sized plots being ideal.
How far can you hear a turkey gobble in the woods?
As a general rule a gobble made in a tree can be heard twice as far as one made on the ground. That same “twice-as-far” rule applies to all other turkey sounds.
What time of day are turkeys most active?
General Weather Conditions: As a general rule of thumb, turkeys are most active during calm, clear days in morning and early afternoon hours. Turkey activity generally decreases with bad weather conditions including wind and rain.