When hunting wild turkeys from a ground blind I take the same approach as hunting whitetail deer and antelope, with the exception that scent detection is not an issue. However, concealment, eliminating noise and movement is a major priority. Turkeys have excellent eye site and a superior ability to detect movement
Specifically, here are a few tips and details I pay close attention to when hunting from a ground blind:
Portable blinds have limited floor space…..therefore your shot flexibility is limited.
- I like to position all gear such as packs, extra clothing, food, water, etc. towards the front of the blind. This will allow more room to position yourself further back from the shooting window and reduce the possibility of movement detection. Because I prefer to shoot from my knees, all I have to do is fold my chair and move it forward to maximize the shooting floor space.
- Using shoot through mesh over the windows is a good idea; also, wear clothing that mirrors the interior of the blind or a dark neutral color.
- Blind placement is very important. Try to determine the direction of the approaching bird. Hunting from farm areas or private ground makes it much easier to pattern turkeys….understanding how they use an area will allow for a more accurate prediction for your setup. I like to place a blind in an area where approaching birds will have to pass from the left or right in front of the shooting window to access the decoys. If possible, position yourself on the same side of the blind that the birds are approaching from. This will give you an opportunity to draw your bow in a concealed location which will help decrease detection.
- A common mistake hunters make is forgetting the arrow shaft is lower than the bow-sight ….therefore it is very easy to send an arrow shaft through the wall of the blind. Take a moment to make sure your arrow will clear the shooting window.
- Archers should plan shots on non-strutting turkeys….strutting birds will often appear larger than they are. A turkey will often drop down a few inches at the sound of the bow string causing a high hit or a missed shot. The strutting position will sometimes create an illusion confusing the archer on the actual location of the vital area.
Hope these tips are helpful…..good shooting and hunting!
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