If you can try to make it outside before the sun increases, you can see the turkeys getting from the trees and see where they’re heading and try to make it out when the birds are preparing to roost (check this link right here now). Seeing the turkeys for these couple of weeks gives you the perfect spot to place your blind or where you would like to sit down on the ground. If you do end up walking out to where you might want to sit make sure that you clear away all the leaves and branches, so once you do go out you won’t have all this sound.
Second tip, ensuring you are wearing the right clothing. Some people today believe sitting in a blind way they can wear whatever dark clothes they want but that isn’t the case. You want to be certain you are wearing the ideal camouflage which 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 do not have the windows open but even once you have them half way opened, there’s sufficient light to make a shadow of you and the turkeys can see that should they look into the blind. Plus wearing camouflage provides you the choice to hunt in the blind or on the floor.
Some hunters want the top of the line turkey decoys but you don’t need top of the line decoys, just ones that are realistic looking. Some might ask how many decoys do you put out, well that is up to you. Some hunters will put out 2 to 4 hens using a jack decoy or a complete strutting tom. Using a jack or tom decoy helps draw in a jack or tom since they don’t need that other bird getting the hens. But ultimately putting out the turkey decoys how you want is what is important.
The final tip. Using the right turkey calls. There are 5 distinct kinds of turkey calls and they are the push button call, box call, friction/slate telephone, diaphragms/mouth telephone and locator. Push button calls create a realistic yelps, clucks and purrs with a simple 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 which take well over space. Diaphragms/mouth calls allow hunters to generate soft clucks and purrs that can reach high frequencies. They serve as great long range calls. The locator call does just what the title says, it finds where the gobblers are. All of these calls are good and will take some practice. But in the long run you use what is going to work best for you.
Now that you have the fundamentals for turkey hunting, get out there and start 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.