Late Season Turkey Hunting Tatics


A hunter who is confident is well on his way to killing a mature tom. You have to believe that the next big tom with a 10-inch beard is barely out of sight, just over the next ridge. After you have done thorough scouting of your hunting area, and you know where the turkeys are and what they are doing, nothing more can be asked of you. Nothing will kill your chances at a tom faster than not having confidence in yourself and the area you have chosen to hunt.
Like I mentioned earlier, now is the time to throw early season tactics out the window. Forget about sitting for one hour and then moving to a new calling spot. You need to be able to set at the same location for two hours before you even think about moving. Birds will not be as quick to work late in the season as they did earlier in the season. If you are willing, and more importantly, patient enough to put in the time to stay in the same spot all morning, you are likely to get to get a shot at a tom.
In order to be able to stay put, you have to be comfortable. There are many turkeys stools on the market. All you have to do is add an extra cushion and you are ready to find a large tree to set up against for the morning. Many turkey vests that are popular amongst turkey hunters come with an extra-thick flip down seat that works great, but are expensive when compared to a stool. If you want more comfort and concealment than a stool or vest can offer, you might want to think about investing in a portable blind. Blinds offer the room you need to draw your bow or raise your shotgun without being detected. All of this while you are protected from Mature Nature might throw at you.
Turkeys are more timid at this time of the season. You can expect incoming turkeys to be in stealth mode as they approach your set up. Know which way the turkeys are expected to come from, and set up facing that direction. Pastures, fields and food plots are all places that turkeys like to visit during midday. With the large field of view that these areas provide, it will give you the chance to spot a turkey long before he spots you. You just have to be still. Wherever you set up, whether it is on the edge of a field, or on top of a ridge that offers a view down the slope, make sure you have a big tree behind you that protects you from being sky lined, or worse yet, being mistaken for a turkey and shot.
Toms want to be seen by hens, and at the same time still be able to keep an eye out for danger. Again, pastures, fields and food plots are perfect. Turkeys love to travel on logging roads, because they are easy traveling and turkeys are able to see anything that does not belong. Logging roads are favored by hunters for the same two reasons. Another good option is a hardwood ridge that offers a good field of view. Also creek bottoms with plenty of mature trees that bisect clear-cuts are ideal.
Toms are after two things. Hens and food. Hens will be in pastures looking for insects, which is there main source of food this time of year. It only goes to reason that this is where the toms want to hang out. The hens in search of food will draw the toms in better than any decoy ever could. In my opinion, this is the perfect place to be to intercept a big, old tom.
If you have the time, money, tools, and of course your own land, or permission to build a food plot, it would be well worth the effort to plant some plots of clover or chufa to attract and hold birds. Many companies offer seeds for food plots designed specifically for turkeys, much like they do for whitetails.
Late season hunting is the time to pull out the calls that have been in your vest up until now. Call-shy birds are educated by now. You should use calls that other hunters, or yourself have not used yet. A tube call is something many hunters do not use, but it allows hunters the chance to offer both tom and hen sounds.
Start out by calling soft with a few common yelps. Give it time to work. If nothing happens, call again with a little more volume and excitement. Once you are done with the yelps, follow up using the tube call to gobble. This will make any nearby toms believe that hens are close by, and that there are toms in the area wanting their affection. If you are not efficient with the tube call, a diaphragm call can produce the yelps. A gobbler shaker can be used for the gobblers.

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