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Coach85
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Turkey Hunting

Looking for a mentor to help teach me how to call for turkeys. I started turkey hunting last year and enjoyed it, but I think my lack of success was due to not being able to call correctly and timely. Any help/advice would be great, but really looking for someone that I could spend some time with learning from. Thanks in advance.


Loup
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Ferriday
Member since Apr 2019
10702 posts

re: Turkey Hunting
are you good at hopping fences?


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Capt ST
Army Fan
Brave Cave
Member since Aug 2011
12653 posts

re: Turkey Hunting
Tenfoe will be by shortly, he can help you shoot Jake’s off a limb. But I’m pretty sure he hunts damn near daily in turkey season.


geauxbrown
Louisiana Tech Fan
Louisiana
Member since Oct 2006
19001 posts

re: Turkey Hunting
Youtube is a great source for learning how to call. You can find tips with some of the best callers in the country. Find some that do the most basic calls to start with. Find you a good box call and a slate/glass/aluminum call. Learn to run those first before trying to use a mouth call.

"The diaphragm call is the greatest turkey conservation tool ever invented."
David Hale
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yodaddyroberto
LSU Fan
Member since Oct 2012
399 posts

re: Turkey Hunting
Honestly, sometimes less calling is best. I usually have a rule of calling every 15-20 minutes, not more frequently.
And sometimes no matter how good your calling is, they just don't come to you, especially if they're with hens.


way_south
Member since Jul 2017
800 posts

re: Turkey Hunting
First lesson of turkey hunting.

1. Turkeys are a-holes.


Da Hammer
LSU Fan
Folsom
Member since May 2008
5740 posts

re: Turkey Hunting
If you have a place to hunt that has turkeys you will have people lining up to help you.

If you are hunting public land or looking for a place you will have a harder time.

Where are you located? I would be happy to teach you how to call if near the northshore however calling is a VERY small part of killing a turkey understanding the land you ar ehunting and how the turkeys behave are a bigger part that is really only learned with experience.


Coach85
LSU Fan
BR
Member since Dec 2012
15 posts

re: Turkey Hunting
St. Francisville. Have a few different places to hunt in the area and then I hunt in Centreville, MS as well.


TheDrunkenTigah
Syracuse Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Aug 2011
17259 posts

re: Turkey Hunting
Calling is way down the list of things you need to learn how to do to kill a turkey. Get within earshot of the bird, yelp once, and shut up.

The hardest thing nowadays is locating land that has a turkey on it.


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tenfoe
Member since Jun 2011
6813 posts

re: Turkey Hunting
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Tenfoe will be by shortly, he can help you shoot Jake’s off a limb. But I’m pretty sure he hunts damn near daily in turkey season.




I don't shoot turkeys off limbs, and won't shoot a jake on purpose (shite happens). The last part is fairly factual.


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Bayou_Tiger_225
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re: Turkey Hunting
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First lesson of turkey hunting. 1. Turkeys are a-holes.


Deer hunting this past weekend and watched four nice toms walk right past me at about 20 yards. Come turkey season those bastards might as well be mythical creatures.
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TheDrunkenTigah
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Baton Rouge
Member since Aug 2011
17259 posts

re: Turkey Hunting
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First lesson of turkey hunting. 1. Turkeys are a-holes.


Someone who has killed hundreds of turkeys once told me a deer sees a man and thinks it’s a stump, a turkey sees a stump and thinks it’s a man.


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wiltznucs
South Florida Fan
Apollo Beach, FL
Member since Sep 2005
8949 posts

re: Turkey Hunting
I don’t hunt them much anymore; but, I’ve got quite a few grand slams, royal slams, and world slams behind me now.

This is going to sound a bit stupid; but, the key to successful turkey hunting is having birds on your property.

I wasted a lot of time hunting properties that did not hold birds. Moreover, if you do have a property with them, it is important to nurture them.

This means not shooting Jake’s. It also means getting after predators like coyotes.

Beyond that, learning three simple calls (the yelp, cluck and purr) will get the job done in most areas. Spending time patterning your shotgun is incredibly important. There’s a few things more depressing than finally getting the opportunity and missing the shot.

Other than that; it’s a damned disease. They get in your blood. I went hard on them for a decade plus. Eased off once it became clear that many of my favorite places were seeing a drastic decline in Turkey populations.

Planning to do Florida and Kansas next season.
This post was edited on 11/30 at 4:28 pm


Da Hammer
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Folsom
Member since May 2008
5740 posts

re: Turkey Hunting
I'd be happy to try and help you learn to call if you like.

I am pretty busy during turkey hunting getting my kids on birds (fortunately for me I don't need a place to hunt them) so I don't likely have time to hunt with you. However if you want to drive towards the north shore I'd be happy to try and help you if you like.


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jchamil
Member since Nov 2009
16284 posts

re: Turkey Hunting
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Honestly, sometimes less calling is best. I usually have a rule of calling every 15-20 minutes, not more frequently.


My grandad used to always say the best piece of advice he could give for turkey hunting was "wait 5 minutes". Meaning, if you think you need to call, wait 5 more minutes. If you think you need to move spots, wait 5 more minutes.

Can't tell you how many turkeys I've killed doing that, especially the staying put for a few more minutes part. Obviously there are situations where this doesn't hold true, but more often than not patience will work if you've had one answer your call already.


Litigator
Arkansas Fan
Hog Jaw, Arkansas
Member since Oct 2013
7519 posts

re: Turkey Hunting
It is just tough in the South compared to what it used to be back in the glory days. So in modern times my best luck hunting has been in states like Kansas. Primos has some good call videos and turkey hunting vids in general and it is good to experiment with several different calls although box calls have always been my favorites.


PIGSKIN
LSU Fan
montevallo, Alabama
Member since Jul 2007
3827 posts

re: Turkey Hunting
I've killed over 150 gobblers and calling is such a small part of my success. Scouting is way more important in my opinion. Don't over call


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MorningWood
USA Fan
On the coast of North Mexico
Member since May 2009
2640 posts

re: Turkey Hunting
I hunted Kansas last year and shot a beautiful eastern. Thought I read they were going to cancel their season because of population decline


Ncook
Member since Feb 2019
182 posts

re: Turkey Hunting
Buy one of Cody Calls better grade slate calls and one of his videos and a green Scotchbrite pad.

Put a white dot on the top edge of the call to use as a reference so you hold the call in the same spot every time.
Like others have said, don’t over call



Litigator
Arkansas Fan
Hog Jaw, Arkansas
Member since Oct 2013
7519 posts

re: Turkey Hunting
As years have gone by there are of course all kinds of calls and newfangled ways to make them with glass, carbon, and all. But my tried and true slate call is still the old Lynch Jet Slate Call. Such a classic sound and so easy to use.


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