First tip, scouting your hunting area 2-3 weeks before your hunting season,check my site. If you can try to make it outside until the sun raises, you may see the turkeys getting from the trees and see where they are heading and try to make it out as soon as the birds are preparing to roost. Watching the turkeys for these few weeks gives you the ideal place to place your blind or in which you would like to sit down on the ground. If you do wind up walking out to where you might want to sit make certain that you clear away all the branches and leaves, so when you do go out you won’t have all this noise.
Second tip, ensuring you are wearing the correct clothing. Some people today believe sitting in a blind means they can wear whatever dark clothes they want but that isn’t the case. You want to make certain you’re wearing the ideal camouflage that suits the foliage around you. When wearing dark clothing from the blind you create a shadow figure when you have the windows opened. I know some of you are thinking you do not have the windows wide open but even once you have them half way opened, there is enough light to make a shadow of you and the turkeys can see that should they look into the blind. Plus wearing camouflage gives you the option to hunt in the blind or on the ground.
Some may ask how many decoys would you set out, well that’s up to you. Some hunters will put out 2 to 4 hens with a jack decoy or a complete strutting tom. Having a jack or tom decoy helps draw in a jack or tom as they don’t need that other bird getting the hens. But ultimately putting out the turkey decoys the way you want is what is important.
The final tip. Using the right turkey calls. There are 5 distinct kinds of turkey calls and they are the push button call, box call, friction/slate call, diaphragms/mouth telephone and locator. Push button calls make a sensible yelps, clucks and purrs with an easy push of a button. Box calls are flexible, great sounding and comparatively simple to use. Putts, purrs, clucks and yelps come to life with box calls. Friction/slate calls are known for their realistic high-pitched sounds that carry well over space. Diaphragms/mouth calls allow hunters to produce soft clucks and purrs that can reach high frequencies. They serve as great long range calls. The locator call does exactly what the name says, it locates where the gobblers are. All of these calls are great and will take some practice. But in the end you use what is going to work best for you.
Now that you’ve got the fundamentals for turkey hunting, get out there and begin scouting and practicing on those calls. As always be safe and good luck.