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I'm hoping to bag my 1st gobbler this year and have picked out a nice patch of property with alfalfa, potato, and corn fields. T

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  • I'm hoping to bag my 1st gobbler this year and have picked out a nice patch of property with alfalfa, potato, and corn fields. T

    I'm hoping to bag my 1st gobbler this year and have picked out a nice patch of property with alfalfa, potato, and corn fields. The area is mostly open with the occasional patch of woods in the middle of a field. Does anyone have any tips on hunting this type of property?

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    With an area mostly wide open with some transitional cover it will be a great place to use a decoy--the open landscape will provide unrestricted sight lines and the cover can be used a suitable area to break your outline and set up to call.Try and determine the best position of your decoy to maximize exposure.The alfalfa will provide some choice spring green feed for hens--so expect your location to be busy.I personally would try hunting without a decoy for the first few days and try and pattern out access and exit points of travel into this area -basically letting the hens work for you as live decoys-- the only downfall is that sometimes the live decoy has a mind of it's own and may not work into your desired range.

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      bigbuck96 the thing is to find which patch of woods they are roosting in and then set up between them and the field if you can pattern them this way youll have sucess.

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      • #4
        the decoy hunter's advice is sound. My tactic with real hens is different and more aggressive. Should hens show up with no gobbler or gobblers in tow flush the hens out of the area. From my experience if hens are in the area and a gobbler begins to come to your calls most of the time those hens are going to intercept the gobbler well out of gun range. Leaving you with at best a nice show but no bird in the bag.
        With the openness of the area you are hunting a blind made from non reflective fabric could prove very beneficial.
        good hunting.
        later,
        charlie

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        • #5
          just wanted to wish you luck!

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