Gettin’ Ready For Spring Turkey Hunting

Now that we are deep into winter, it’s time to start thinking about spring turkey hunting. It’ll make these “cabin fever” days seem a little more bearable.

Have you received your catalogs from Cabela’s, Bass Pro, or other such companies yet? If you have, it’s time to see if there are any new turkey hunting goodies that you think you might want or need.
Has your turkey vest seen better days? Could you use a new slate call after losing the companion striker? Have you always gun hunted turkeys sitting under a tree and now wish to try a bow from the confines of a ground blind? Perhaps a jake turkey decoy to go along with your hen decoy could be on your next sales receipt. Now is the time to dream... and buy.

Are all your turkey hunting clothes in good repair? Are they the correct size? Maybe you were diligent in your New Years resolution and you’ve lost weight. Perfect excuse to get a new outfit! Or if you’ve indulged a little more than you should have this past fall and winter, and your existing clothing doesn’t fit you, then it’s still a great excuse to buy a new outfit! In my view, either way it’s a win-win situation.
I personally hunt turkeys with a bow from my ground blind, so I am only concerned about wearing black clothing on my upper body, including a black facemask and black camo paint and black gloves. Your pants will not be seen in any way from inside a blind. And since turkeys can’t smell you, keeping your clothing scent-free is not an issue.
You will soon need to make sure all your gear is together (clothing, weapon, knife, etc) so that when you depart for the hunting grounds, you know you’ll not be forgetting anything. And for heaven’s sake, don’t forget your license!

Now is also the time to begin to track the turkeys’ daily movements so you know what their travel route is on any given day. What trees do they tend to roost in?

Take a drive around your hunting area before dawn and at dusk to hear or see where they may be roosting. Sound out an owl or bird call or other such call, to get a shock gobble from a close by tom. Even slamming a car door will produce a shock gobble so you can pinpoint what tree they might be in.

Is their first stop the neighbor’s cut cornfield for grasshoppers? Is their next stop another neighbor’s barren garden used for dusting? Do they then move on to the nearest oak savannah to search for last year’s acorn drop?

It’s a good idea to know where they might be on any given day in your hunting territory, this way you’ll have a good idea where you could set up.

I like to not only drive around the vicinity of my hunt, but to ask the people that live around the area if they’ve seen turkeys and if so, where and at what time of day. Any info I can get is greatly appreciated help.

Hopefully this has stoked your enthusiasm so you have a leg up come turkey hunting time this spring. Happy hunting!