Locating Seasonal Food Sources Leads To Successful Wild Turkey Hunting.
Finding food sources that wild turkeys like is a key to locating and harvesting spring and fall gobblers.In the fall and winter months, the wild turkeys diet consists primarily of hard and soft mast.
Acorns from oak trees are the most common hard mast, but acorn production can be unreliable. When acorns are scarce turkeys will go to areas with soft mast and agricultural fields.
|I put a Double Bull blind at the edge of the woods adjacent to a field near some wild turkey roosts. And gobblers came through the finger of woods looking for insects and grubs underneath the leaves on the ground. – Picture by Robert Hoague.|
Soft mast, fruit such as wild grapes, persimmons, crabapples and berries, are important. In areas with soybean, sunflower, millet and corn fields wild turkeys feed on grain left after the harvest.
New growth is everywhere for wild turkeys to eat in the spring. Flowers attract wild turkeys, especially patches that attract the wild turkey delicacy, grasshoppers.
They feed year round on insects found in leaf litter in the forest. Green fields with wheat, oats and clover attract wild turkeys. Also, a plot planted with Turkey Gold Chufa is attractive in both spring and fall.
Areas with natural foods always attract wild turkeys. Try scouting for these places to improve your odds of spotting flocks or gobblers.
Bowhunting in the edge of the woods adjacent to that (above) field paid off for me that day. – Robert Hoague
Always check your state’s department of natural resources for season dates, bag limits, license requirements and other information before heading to the woods to hunt wild turkeys.
These days all states have their license information and game regulations online. And many states have free Apps for iPhones and other Smartphones, making it handy to have complete turkey hunting information for your state.