Turkey hunting in the spring is a fantastic time. The birds are out moving around looking for food and mates. They’re good for calling in and taking, and there isn’t much else to hunt in the springtime with deer and several other types of game out of season.
With all that said, hunting turkey comes with its own challenges. This is especially true in the springtime, and below are a few tips that will help you bag a bird this spring.
The Importance of Scouting for Spring Turkeys
You can go out blind on the opening day of turkey season, but you probably won’t have much luck. It’s way smarter to scout your hunting location ahead of time. This goes for both private and public hunting grounds.
You want to know for sure that there are plenty of turkeys. Also, it’s smart to know where they roost. You don’t even need to take your turkey call with you. Simply get out there and listen. If you want you can bring along your turkey call and see what happens.
I’d say go out a week or so before you want to hunt. Even going out a day or two ahead of time will help you tons. Just make sure the time you go out there to hunt isn’t the first time you’ve been on the land.
Practice Your Turkey Calling Skills
Being able to call a turkey in is a needed skill for any turkey hunter. The type of call you use is up to you. I’m not going to say one type of call is better than another. I will say whatever you choose, you need to practice extensively with it.
Here are the types of turkey calls:
- Push Button Calls
- Box Calls
- Slate Calls
- Diaphragm Calls (Mouth Calls)
A note on calls. Some take more time to master than others. Push Button Calls and Box Calls are the easiest to master.
Also, it’s important to note that you don’t want to over-call turkeys while you’re out there. Calling too often can drive turkeys away. So, while there will come a time to call for turkeys, there will also be plenty of time for you to not be calling.
Concealment Is Key When Turkey Hunting
A turkey’s main defense is its eyesight. It will spot you if you’re not properly dressed. This means you have to be dressed from head to toe in camo. This includes gloves and a face mask. The nice thing about spring turkey hunting is that it’s usually not too cold. This means you can get by without bundling up too much.
Another good option for concealment is a ground blind. There are plenty of options for blinds. Most designs are quick and easy to set up. Some hunters prefer not to use blinds due to the limiting factors of being inside the blind, but I know many hunters who swear by them and wouldn’t hunt any other way.
Don’t Discount Public Hunting Ground During Turkey Season
When it comes to most types of hunting I prefer private ground. However, public hunting ground can be an excellent place to bag a turkey, especially in the spring. Why? One of the biggest reasons is it’s often overlooked.
Around where I live, most of the guys that hunt deer and other types of game have a few private land spots that they have permission to use. They cling to these pieces of land pretty tightly. However, what you’ll often find is that there’s tons of great public land that goes unhunted. That’s an opportunity for you.
I still suggest properly scouting the land ahead of time, but don’t feel like you need to stick on private land to get a turkey. You should have some good luck during the season on public land if you do your due diligence and scout properly.
Are you going to go turkey hunting this spring? Leave a comment below and let us know where you will be hunting this season! Also, if you’re in need of a good turkey call, new camo apparel, a turkey shotgun or more, check out Gander RV & Outdoors for all your hunting needs.