5 Critical Skills Every Bowhunter Needs for Spring Gobbler Success

Turkeys are tough. Keep these points in mind as the season approaches.

Equipment Preparation:

    • Arrow Weight: Heavy arrows are not needed for full penetration on a turkey. A lighter arrow shoots faster and flatter, which is crucial for hitting a turkey’s small kill zone.
    • Broadhead Selection: Choose broadheads specifically designed for turkeys. Large, fixed heads that fly consistently, large diameter mechanicals and particularly hybrid heads like the Grim Reaper Micro Hybrid offer advantages of each.
    • Blind Concealment: Use a ground blind for ultimate concealment.  Turkeys are not like deer and will often ignore a blind even if in the middle of a field.

Locating Gobblers

    • Drive country roads in the mornings and evenings, glassing open fields. Look for mature gobblers.  Turkeys often move into open fields on a rainy day and frequently will chase grasshoppers in early afternoon.  These are great times to scout open fields.

Shot Placement

    • Divide the bird into thirds from top to bottom. Aim for the top third of the turkey’s body.
    • When a tom is upright (not strutting) and faces directly away, aim dead center on its back.
    • The vent is a deadly shot on a bird facing directly away.

Patience and Timing

    • Be patient and wait for the right moment to draw your bow. If a gobbler is in strut, draw when he turns and faces away.
    • Decoys help distract the bird and give you an accurate estimate of range.  Fifteen yards is optimal.

Practice and Proficiency:

    • Practice drawing your bow with minimal movement. Position your decoys where the bird will approach behind cover.
    • Timing your draw is crucial.  Wait until the gobbler turns its fan toward you.

Remember, bowhunting turkeys requires precision and adaptability. With these skills, you’ll increase your chances of a successful spring gobbler harvest!  Best of Luck.

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