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Our approach to do it yourself turkey hunts gets hunters to spots to park his truck, get out to try to use a tag or five. By itself is a big step for hunters. However, all it is, is just one step. Try us once, most come back. A good hunt causes their return. But first some pictures of a successful hunt to show what may be possible.
Pictures from Jeremy on his second ever spring season.
Regardless of how good our recommendations may be as to where to get into a flock. Regardless of anyone’s skill, there is not any way around the fact only hunters can pay one price. A price of time or boots on ground. A penalty of do it yourself turkey hunts. Covering ground to find what is desired.
Spring season demonstrates this readily greater than our other hunter disciplines. Flocks will move daily patterns from fall to spring. Those found during deer season will be near, but not on exactly a repeat pattern come spring season. One simple point to illustrate that repeat scouting penalty is paid by hunters. A converse would be a fully outfitter lodge with escort to a pre-set blind near a feeder programmed to bring flocks as early as possible. In a sportsman lodge environment the do it yourself turkey hunts penalty of finding flocks and determining setups is eliminated. A great time savings some may require. Converse is our approach where each earns their own success.
We have maps with land marked identified by numbers. Members then talk to us for which spots have at one point during any year flocks on them. After that everyone makes the rest of their do it yourself turkey hunts. This season and many future ones to come. Each it seems reveals another deer spot.
Do it yourself turkey hunter is within in a high skill set. Most know spring toms will quickly separate out who may be lacking in discipline or experience. What spring season show is these folks are likely over any other discipline to come with a plan require being on land first. First part of their hunts is scouting. That one difference between spring season folks to fall whitetail only folks seems to make far more difference than most will first recognize. A short answer. Spring season and fall deer disciplines combined results in more tags used than those who chase deer only.
Spring turkey hunter knows success comes from finding a roost above all else. That one aspect quickly focuses all to follow efforts.
Key, only way to find that roost is to spend a hunt’s first morning, evening, maybe a morning more, listening for gobbles, watching for PM return to roost. Once pinpointed allows good choice of blind setup, decoy,calling. Choice is to interdict flydown, strut areas, preferred feed, nest ares, or return to roost movement. Whitetail hunters often take a different approach.
Whitetail hunters seek to have their scouting complete before leaving home. They plan to setup a stand, hunt from their first morning. Frequently from aerials alone.
Deer hunters armed with his aerial photos, moon charts, lifetime of magazine article reading, finds the funnels, day/night movement corridors, loafing areas, his stand locations, from images on paper. He plans his hunt, organizes his equipment. At first opportunity travels to his spot, puts up a stand. Typical belief is more stand time, stand time above all else, makes for better success.
Spring season do it yourself turkey hunts success is based on scouting first. Hunting second. Turkey hunters execute scouting better than those that only deer hunt. Difference is more combination turkey-deer folks use more deer tags than who deer hunt only.