Spring brings an excitement to me because chasing turkeys is right around the corner. I have had the honor of hunting with a bow for 30 years now. In those years I have crossed trails with a lot of game including deer, bear, elk, antelope.
Then there is one other critter that has caused me more pain than any other - the wild turkey. If someone would tell me that I can only hunt one wild game species - as much as I love chasing whitetails - I would have to choose those spitting, drumming, gobbling birds that get me really jacked up.
In the last 30 years I have learned a lot of things.
One of the first things I have learned is to be patient and stay in the blind.
I can’t tell you how many times I quit hunting at 9 AM when I first started hunting because I didn't hear any more gobbles, after the Toms have left the roost to meet up with some hens and totally shut up. This was a major mistake on my part in my early career.
There's a good reason for this behavior from that big Tom. Toms tend to breed those hens they've met up with in those early morning hours. Once done, they start looking for new hens to breed with. If you are just starting out or have only had one season under your belt, one of the best tips I can tell you is to stay in the blind as long as you can. I have taken the majority of my birds between 10 AM and 2 PM.
I will use this the 2018 spring season for example.
This season was a little tougher than others due to the winter hanging on later than usual. When I started hunting with my Elite Ritual this spring, the birds were just breaking up, and weren't coming to a call consistently yet. As the morning went longer things started getting better, some Toms, especially 2-year-old’s started looking for hens after 10-11AM with a lot more purpose.
So hang in there and just be patient. If you do that, you will have more success in the field as the season goes along.
I took my 78th turkey with a bow this year. I am an average caller at best, but that’s ok. That means if I can do it, you can too!