'Mobile' or 'Sit n Wait'?

Discussion in 'Turkey Hunters Forum' started by HunterRed, Mar 18, 2016.

  1. noweil

    noweil Elite Refuge Member

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    There is some great advice on this thread. Patience has helped me kill more turkeys than anything else. I often hunt from the same spot all morning or till I fill my tag. I bump to many birds moving. If I get a bird to gobble to my calling first thing in the morning, I will stay there till the end of legal shooting time (1 pm) if I have to. Take a nap, call every 15-30 minutes and it seems like those birds that gobbled for me at first light will come back later in the morning once the hens leave them. When I get them to gobble later in the morning I will almost always kill that bird. I do not use decoys. I like to have the birds come looking for the hen they hear but can't see.
     
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  2. Jawbreaker

    Jawbreaker Senior Refuge Member

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    Whether to run and gun or sit in one spot depends on how much ground you have and how many turkeys are around. When I lived in NE Mo in the nineties, i had tons of private ground and tons of turkeys. All I did was run and gun trying to find a hot turkey. If i bumped a couple it didnt matter. Now where I live in Iowa i dont have near as much ground and in Mo the turkey population is a fraction of what it was. I have changed tactics and sit alot longer than i used to. I hate "deer hunting" turkeys, but you have to adapt.

    As for reaping turkeys, ive done it, its a rush, but its killing not hunting. Zero skill involved. I'd put sitting over a jake or strutter right there with reaping. That said, when the turkeys hand you your butt for a while, its somewhat satisfying to get even.
     
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  3. iawaterfowler

    iawaterfowler Elite Refuge Member

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    That's mainly when we do it. It's an 11th hour on the last day of season trick. After getting up at 0 dark thirty for the past 4 days in a row to get outsmarted by a bird with a brain the size of a peanut, I just want to exact a little revenge.
     
  4. bill cooksey

    bill cooksey Elite Refuge Member

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    It works. For me, it's about the least amount of fun you can have while turkey hunting, but it is a great way to fill a tag.
     

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