First tip, scouting your hunting area 2 to 3 weeks before your hunting season. If you can try to make it out until the sun increases, you can see the turkeys getting from the trees and see where they are heading and also try to make it out when the birds are preparing to roost. Watching the turkeys for these couple of weeks gives you the ideal spot to put your blind or where you want to sit on the ground. Should you wind up walking out to where you may want to sit make sure to clear away all the leaves and branches, so once you do go out you will not have all this noise.
Second tip, ensuring that you are wearing the right clothing. Some people think sitting in a blind way they can wear whatever dark clothes they want but that isn’t the case. You want to be sure you’re wearing the right camouflage that suits the foliage around you. When wearing dark clothing from the blind you create a shadow figure whenever you have the windows opened. I know some of you are thinking you don’t have the windows wide open but even when you have them half way opened, there is sufficient light to make a shadow of you and the turkeys can see that should they look into the blind. Plus wearing camouflage gives you the option to hunt at the blind or on the floor.
Third tip, having some turkey decoys to sit out is really helpful. Some hunters want the top of the line turkey decoys but you do not want top of the line decoys, only ones that are realistic looking. Some may ask how many decoys would you put out, well that’s up to you. Some hunters will put out 2 to 4 hens with a jack decoy or a full strutting tom. Using a jack or tom decoy helps draw into a jack or tom since they don’t need that other bird getting the hens. But in the end putting the turkey out decoys the way you want is what is important.
The final tip. Using the ideal turkey calls. There are 5 different types of turkey calls and they’re the push button call, box call, friction/slate call, diaphragms/mouth call and locator. Push button calls create a realistic yelps, clucks and purrs with an easy push of a button. Box calls are versatile, great sounding and relatively simple to use. Friction/slate calls are known for their realistic high-pitched sounds that take well over distance. Diaphragms/mouth calls allow hunters to produce soft clucks and purrs that can reach high frequencies. They serve as great long range calls. The locator call does exactly what the name says, it locates where the gobblers are. All of these calls are great and will take some practice. But in the end you use what is going to work best for you.
Now that you’ve got the fundamentals for turkey hunting, get out there and begin scouting and practicing on these calls. Turkey season will be here before you know it or is already going on. As always be safe and best of luck.