Turkey Hunting Techniques & Methods
The first thing to do is to actually locate the turkeys, so concentrate initially on general areas of their habitat before simplifying the task by narrowing them down to just one or two places. Then it is important not to go rushing in without a proper strategy, as without forward planning the whole hunt will be a complete waste of time. Good, and crucially, up to date maps should be scrutinized, identifying the back roads, ridges, high points, power lines, open creeks and river bottoms, all places where the sounds of gobbling are potentially going to be.
Spring turkey hunting techniques, differ significantly from fall turkey hunting techniques. For starters, the hunter will need a great deal more patience in the latter season, as the males are no longer interested in the females, due to mating being off the agenda during this period. Consequently, any type of calling would have to reflect the noises made by other Toms, such as low clucks, yelps and fighting purrs.
Consistency is the key, and scouting has to be right up at the top of any list because, whilst it is always possible to stumble onto a flock, it would be very fortunate and moreover, it would be once in a blue moon. Much better to track the flock, monitoring their movements over a period of time. The calling tactic is sound, and of all the fall turkey hunting techniques, it very probably is the most successful, but it stands to reason that a hunter is going to experience far greater success if they can entice a bird to a location that they actually are interested in visiting. So by tracking them over time, it will enable a pattern to emerge - this will act as a key indicator.
Turkey hunting dogs are also very good at flushing the flock out into the open and then scattering them to enable reasonable targets. In the main these will be a breed of spaniel, but others can be trained as well. Part of that training should include making them aware of the need to stop and bay at a flush site, whilst waiting for the hunter to catch up. There is always a way of outsmarting the game, and the techniques for turkey hunting make life just that little bit easier.