X Marks the Perfect Turkey Hunting Spot
Posted by wildturkey at November 5th, 2012
“X” Marks the Perfect Turkey Hunting Spot
If “X” marks the perfect hunting spot, then how can “X” be found? This might be one of a hunter’s questions. There are many things that play a role in finding the perfect hunting spot for turkey hunting and some of the tips will be shared right here.
Finding the perfect turkey hunting spot is not easy and even when it is found, things might still not work the perfectly. A hunter might not be able to tag and bag that turkey. First of all, to find the perfect hunting spot, it is necessary to scout the area considered for hunting. Often it is possible to spot turkeys in the area and if there were turkeys at night when area was staked out, it is most likely they will be there the next morning. Many male turkeys sleep in trees and if a hunter can place himself close to one of the trees that a turkey was spotted the night before, it might be a perfect spot. Even if a great spot close to a resting turkey was found, the hunter might still be out of reach or not be able to see the turkey the next day. This could be due to differences in daytime versus nighttime vision. What the hunter thought at night was the perfect spot, might not be the next morning. The perfect spot does not necessarily exist. It is more the existence of a good hunter who knows where to settle down, but who is also prepared to move to a different position in a moments notice. A good turkey hunter can set up his gear and move with as little noise and finds cover quickly.
As just mentioned, scouting out the area before hunting is a good idea. If a hunter hears a birdcall, he or she should move closer to the sound. Generally, a hunter will be able to find good spots where large trees at the edge of the forest meet a field or a meadow. There are other great covers such as fences or shrubs where a hunter can hide behind. Seeing such places while scouting is something that the hunter should take a mental or even written note of. The more familiar the hunter is with the territory he is going to hunt in, the better of he will be while hunting and the more successful he might be tagging and bagging those birds.
A good choice sometimes can be a blind. When finding a spot where the hunter is confident that gobblers will stroll by in the course of a day, a blind can turn the hunting spot into the perfect one, even without finding much other cover. But for the hunters that aren’t able to sit still for long periods of time, the hunt and run option might be the better option.
One thing a hunter has to remember even if it might not right away cross his mind is that the perfect spots for hunting turkeys are spots where the turkey naturally goes. Finding a spot, no matter how perfect it seems to the hunter is no good if the bird does not like it. The bird will not appear there. Even the best-covered spot might not make for a good hunt. Instead of just picking one spot, adapt to different situations in a moments notice.
Wherever a hunter sets up for hunting turkeys, he needs to make sure that something in the background will hide his silhouette, such as a tree or tree stump. Camouflage can only help if the hunter’s body is blending in with the background. If the background is light, the gobbler will realize that the hunter is not what he pretended to be. Shaded sides on chosen background cover are an even better choice to hide the hunter’s body. Besides these factors, it is also important to choose a spot where the hunter can sit comfortably to be able to confidently shoot the bird.
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