Wild Turkey Hunting Q&A

Additional Answers To your Wild Turkey Hunting and Calling Questions from Scott Ellis.

Q: Ryan from West Virginia: “I am planning on entering some NWTF friction call contest and plan on buying some new higher quality calls. I have a budget of around $600 what calls would you recommend?”
A: Woodhaven Custom Calls are a great choice. 
Yelping-Vintage Hen, Vision Crystal cutting-legend slate, kee kee-Kee Disc and purring and tree yelping-Purr Pot. SE

Q: Paul from Louisiana: “Do you practice your calling in the “off” season?
A:  ABSOLUTELY!  I try to run my calls and routines at least weekly throughout the year.  It just makes good sense keeping the “rust” knocked off your calls. SE

Q: Mitchell from Indiana: “This is my first year turkey hunting. I’ve deer hunted for 10+ years. I sit in a stand in the woods for deer. Where should I sit for turkey?? I tried in the woods and got no luck. Do I just sit on the edge of a field??
A:  This is a very broad question Mitchell.  It depends on what style of hunting your doing. Generally when you start your hunt in the morning you are going try to set up within 100 yards of the roosted turkey and begin your hunt.  As far as just setting up in an area to hunt and “blind call” do your best to locate good sign. Scratching, dusting areas, strut marks, droppings and just high traffic areas identified by turkey tracks. SE

Q:Jack from Arkansas:”I bought your DVD and love it, but I’m still having problems with the cluck.  Any other advice?”
A:Jack I responded directly to your submission over a week ago.  You may want to check the email you provided(or your spam box).  At any rate, try using your diaphragm to assist in that short burst of air that is regulated by your tongue. Just a short huff that is brought up from  down deep. You should watch your stomach jerk a bit as your pushing the air up. Only drop your tongue as you bring up the air from your diaphragm. This should create that single “puff” of air needed to create a good cluck. SE

Q: John from Florida:  “Scott, how do you locate birds in the off season? And if you find them do they stay in the same place or are they always on the move. Me and my 10 year old son are really looking forward to spending some time in the woods scouting out some birds but I don’t know where to start.”
A: Birds will generally stay in the same area’s during the summer time, especially in the summer because food sources are abundant.  From insects, seeds and fresh green sprouts, basically they will settle on a food source and will frequent those areas. Since we are talking about Florida specifically, check pastures and open fields as well oak hammocks and any other more open places on the property when your scouting. The poults are constantly growing and needing plenty of nourishment during this time of the year. Also check for any area’s of exposed dirt or earth. Look for dusting area’s as this a turkey’s natural insect repellent and they will use them daily. You can begin your search by being in the woods at daybreak and simply listening for the birds on the roost.  They are often very vocal and you will hear all times of flock talk when they are in the trees. SE

Q:Mike from Ohio: “We are having an extra dry and early spring. Will this mean an early end to the breeding, and toms being lonely or are the birds gonna breed at the regular times?”
A: I think everyone has had a dry and early spring.  From all reports and my experiences in the states I have hunted the birds have started breeding early and gobbling activity has decreased to some degree in the later stages of the seasons.(I’m referring to the southeastern states) SE
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