Do you want to hunt this bird, which is increasingly present in our territory? Here are simple steps you can take to get started inexpensively!
Step 1 – Take the Mandatory Online Training
If you haven’t already done so, follow the online training courses to become a hunter and obtain the right to own a firearm. Then you have to take the very entertaining mandatory training for turkey hunting (also online!)
Step 2 – Know the Dates/periods According to Your Area
Step 3 – Gear Up Without Breaking the Bank
It is very easy to spend thousands of dollars to equip yourself with the most beautiful decoys, portable tents, a high-end rifle, etc.
Here’s what you can use to make significant, low-cost turkey hunts:
Budget Camouflage Clothing
You will only be on-site for half-days in spring or fall. Turkey does not have a good sense of smell, and the mere noise of clothing will not scare it away. A net or hood for the face is also essential.
A Single-shot Rifle Does the Trick (12 Gauge)
The turkey rarely gives a second chance, and it is easier to hold a rifle stationary for a long time when it is light. We will add a dull / camo coating on the barrel.
A “full” or “extra-full” choke is usually used. Permitted shots (# 4-5-6) are all acceptable. One box is enough.
Only 3 Calls
Get yourself a call to locate (crow), a buck call (gurgling) to provoke, and a diaphragm for the final approach without moving too much.
Callers Are Optional
It is often easier to hunt turkeys without decoys for several reasons. They are expensive, bulky; you can be spotted during installation, educated turkeys will avoid them, and you will feel compelled to hunt in the same place for a long time.
If you have only one caller to choose from, buy a buck on a stake that you can use to hide behind.
Step 4 – Patronize Your Gun and Practice Your Calls
Take a few 30-40 yard shots to make sure your choke/ammo combination is effective. Practice your calls by listening to recordings on the web.
Step 5 – Find One or More Territories
Advertise yourself as turkey hunters to everyone you know. Not every farmer is happy with the growing turkey population, and it will be pretty easy for you to gain access. Prospect in the morning and at the end of the day by browsing the agricultural territories. Join forces with other hunters!
Step 6 – Go Have Fun!
There are several ways to hunt turkeys. For beginners, it is easier to be on the lookout for turkeys spotted the night before, a little back in the forest.
If you like to move, an excellent strategy is to move calmly in the forest on the edge of the fields. Make regular male calls and listen for responses before you resume walking. If you have a response, immediately get on the lookout by moderating your male and female calls.
If you like challenges, even more, it is fascinating to face a turkey by crawling towards him behind a male caller!