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  • how do you pattern turkeys?

    how do you pattern turkeys?

  • #2
    First, they have to be in open land where you can watch them from a distance without spooking them, then you just watch to see where they go during the day. Woodland turkeys are more difficult and you pretty much have to try to figure out their movements by listening to them, which gets to be a challenge up in the day when they aren't very vocal.

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    • #3
      It is much easier to do in the fall hunting season as opposed to the spring hunt.The inertia of the breeding season makes it difficult to establish definitive patterns.While the fall hunt can be more predictable when focusing on bird groups-the spring is the opposite--'anything can happen anytime' is part of what makes spring turkey hunting so much fun and unpredictable.Toss in calls-decoys-etc it can be a lot of fun and heartbreak all in one hour.

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      • #4
        I'm not much of a turkey hunter, I'm not sure you really can pattern them like deer. From my experience they move whenever and whereever they want with no real pattern. What has worked for me hunting them is to put them to bed at night by calling them at dusk around large chunks of trees. When I hear them call back I back out and return the next morning before sunup. at shooting light I begin calling them to me. This has worked for me, but again I'm not a great turkey hunter, I like the kind with large racks on their head. ha

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        • #5
          That's a very broad question, but ill do what i can to help. Go out in the woods as much as possible! Find where gobblers have been feeding and strutting. Gobblers have question mark shaped scat and hens have curled scat. See where the birds are roosted. If you can, go out the day before the season and find a roosting tree. The next morning get within 70-100 yards of the tree and setup before light. Give soft clucks and purrs and use a hen decoy if possible. A gobbler will think a hen has flown down early and will come running right into your sights.

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