How to Hunt Turkeys: Decoy, Call and Understand Turkey Behavior in California, Oregon

How to Hunt Turkeys: Decoy, Call and Understand Turkey Behavior for Hunting in California, Oregon

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 How to Hunt Turkeys: Decoy, Call and Understand Turkey Behavior in California and Oregon…

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 Wild Turkeys were almost extinct in the USA (down to 500 birds) at one time…talk about a come back!
PART I
When stalking and calling turkeys it’s wise to note their behavior. There are tell-tale signs they display in their body movements and physiological changes.
  • If you notice these you’ll have a more successful hunt
THE STRUT
  • Does a grossly exaggerated walk “the strut”
  • He has heard your call or seen your decoy and
  • Means he is very interested in mating or finding a mate
  • He comes straight in, no problem keep clucking
  • IF he suddenly stops just out of range- he is suspicious- DESIST your calling, he senses you’re so excited, he decided to wait for you
  • He will then approach closer, so stay quiet, literally don’t even blink
HEAD AND NECK SKIN DISCOLORATION
No kidding it goes from bluish-white (calm) to deep red (he’s worried or mad) depending on his mood
  • If if he stops and his head turns red he is suspicious
  • If you see this you better take your shot
INFLATION OF THE SNOOD (turkey’s nose area fleshy droopy tissue is the “snood”)
  • Contracts and expands depending on whether he is calm or confused
  • Starts to contract  better start worry hew sees you
  • Contracts all the way up past his beak take your shot
HEN’S BEHAVIOR TO DOMINANT MALES, HUMANS CAN ONLY WISH
  • Upon encountering a male, Hens will lay down and submissively face away
  •  Human Males appreciate this behavior in females, saying, in part, “I only wish….”
 PART II Calling and Decoys (see below):
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 PART II  Turkey Calling and Using Turkey Decoys

 HOW TO DECOY TURKEYS
DECOY, TURKEY, CALL TURKEY
 Spring gobblers  have supernatural vision.  They don’t have eyes, they  have dual 400-power spotting  scopes  Turkeys also seem to know your  human form better than your own  mother knows it, and can pick you  out of indecently heavy cover.  What’s needed is something to  divert the gobbler’s attention from your position while he approaches  the sound of your call. Decoys are  about the greatest boon to spring tur-  key hunting since the box call.
 Decoys preform two important  functions They are atractors: once  you have called a gobbler into view  of that decoy, he will fall instantly in  obsessive, possessive love with that  decoy.  The decoy really brings in the  toms close.
With a decoy, gobblers frequently hang up and get  reluctant at 50 to 100 yards out After  all, they are used to having the hens  come to them. Decoys bring them in  close — close enough to get right on  top of that deke!  Decoys also divert attention away  from the hunters; when he’s looking  at the decoy, he can’t be looking at  you. That really takes a lot of the  pressure off.
Here are a few tips from turkey  guides on decoying spring gobblers in the North State:
 1. Place the deke in a clearing,  with good brush cover for the hunters behind it
Make sure there is a  good clear field of vision of 100  yards or so along the avenue from  which the gobblers are most likely to  approach. The sooner they spot your  decoy, the better.
2. Place the caller a bit off to the  side from the decoy, not directly  behind
3. Place the hunter on the  flanks of the caller, so they don‘t have  to move much to get a likely shot.
 Start calling when you are set  up in your blind — but stop calling  once that tom sees that lane. He‘ll  take it from there. Only if he loses  interest should you use a soft coaxer.  I The best dekes have their necks  down, not up. Down necks on a hen  communicate a kind of submissive,  come-hither sex message. Heads up  mean danger – look out.
 Make sure hunters wear full  camo, keep still and sit in position  with shotguns resting roughly in the  direction you expect the birds to be  coming from.  Plot a shot grid around the deke  so you know your range. It’s easy to  get excited about a 70-yard shot that  looks like 40 yards Pace off some  distances so you know your shot  grid.  Use these decoying tactics in your  favorite turkey hunting area and  you’l1 score! Try Shasta, Tehama,  Butte, Yuba, Nevada, Placer, El Dorado, Mendocino and Monterey  counties!
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