No matter how prepared you are heading into spring turkey season, gobbling toms can seem to be one step ahead. Because turkeys outsmart us into making small mistakes, harvesting a gobbler in many parts of the country isn’t the easiest thing to do.
Whether you’re new to turkey hunting or a veteran of the thundering spring woods, you’re likely to experience at least one of the following common turkey hunting mistakes or situations. But we learn from every experience in the outdoors and each year become more knowledgeable, and hopefully more successful.
In order to be successful during the spring turkey season, it is important for the hunter to control what they can control. Often, the best way to do this is to form a strategy prior to heading out rather than winging it. It doesn’t take much to ruin a promising turkey hunt and, with some mature gobblers, bust the entire season. By doing your homework and being patient, you can successfully fill your turkey tag every spring.
It’s time to gear up and hit the turkey woods, but be prepared to jump through some hoops before you bag your bird. Here are 10 of the most common reasons you’re not killing turkeys this year.
- If you turkey hunt long enough you’ll encounter the henned up gobbler. Unresponsive to calling once they pitch down off the roost, he’s content to stay with his lady as long as she will have him. Attack these birds in mid-morning when hens have gone to the nest. Photo Credit: Joe Ciferno Photography