Like it or not – the 2020 spring turkey hunting season is right around the corner! As I type this, there is about 4″ of snow on the ground, and 25 mph wind gusts out of the West. Not exactly rare for January – but I’m starting to get the itch for the turkeebirds. More so than ever, the upcoming 2020 spring turkey season seems to be the first year for many beginning turkey hunters. So, I thought we might as well help start them off on the right track (pun absolutely intended). Below is a list of spring turkey hunting tips for beginners. In many cases, these turkey hunting tips for beginners will work in both the Fall and Spring seasons. Be sure to check out our Turkey Hunting Facebook Page as well!
1) Be patient. Being patient while turkey hunting (Spring or Fall) is absolutely imperative. If you think you’ve waited long enough – wait another 10 minutes.
2) Don’t expect to harvest a bird the first time you go turkey hunting. Turkey hunting is very tough, and it takes some time to figure our your turkey hunting area. The birds in one place may very well act differently on another farm.
3) Don’t call too much. I suck at this. I call too much, most of the time. If you listen to turkeys in the Spring or Fall, often times they are not calling very much. Knowing WHEN to call turkeys, is more important than knowing HOW to call turkeys.
4) Stay concealed. Wear natural colors (or your favorite turkey hunting camouflage) and don’t make sudden movements. Turkeys have great eyesight. Much better than deer.
5) Use the land to your advantage. No matter what part of the country you are in, there are places that allow you to sneak and get closer to your quarry. These often are ditches, ravines, fencerows, creeks or even barns!
6) Scout, scout, scout. Scouting for turkeys is something most people overlook. If you are a beginning turkey hunter – this is a crucial tip. A month or so before the turkey hunting season opens – head out to your hunting property around sunup and sundown to listen and watch for turkeys. Check for turkey sign, or even setup a trail camera for turkeys. A few trips into your scouting efforts -and patterns will likely form. You’ll develop an understanding of your area – and better sway the odds in your favor!
7) Use camouflage – This is a primordial factor, and can be solved using dark colors and appropriate disguise like a camo suit, cap, facemask and gloves. A camo vest with plenty of pockets is very useful to save calls, shells and maybe a snack.
8) Know when to shut up. Once you’ve got a bird(s) coming your way – there is no need to keep calling. Often times, if you keep calling, the gobbler will expect to the hen to come to him (that’s how it normally works in mother nature). You want the gobbler to come to you – so get his attention, and stop calling!