first turkey hunt(bow)

Discussion in 'Bowhunting' started by fishndad30, Mar 24, 2008.

  1. fishndad30

    fishndad30 New Member

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    sigourney ,iowa
    just wonder if anyone has any last minute tips ,i hunt in south east iowa on private land and have spotted several longbeards
    ( beards push"n 7-10 inches)
     
  2. Wolfdog

    Wolfdog New Member

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    Iowa
    Just have fun and make the shot,don't think about it too much.
     

  3. bownero

    bownero New Member

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    Hi Ryan! Here are a few tips I can share. I think to up the odds for you, first of all a good blind is a must, this will conceal you well enough when drawing on that longbeard. Decoys work really well to convince that gobbler to come in. A good call, box call, mouth call can help up the odds. Camo or wear black. Depends on the interior of your blind. I have a Double Bull blind that has black on the inside, so I wear black to conceal myself. Try scouting the birds, to see where they roost and set up 75 to 100yds. from them. DON"T SPOOK THEM or they'll become educated and chances are you will not see them again. I like getting set up 30min to an hour before daylight. When scouting turkeys,try a locater call, like a crow call. This makes them gobble like crazy and you can determine where there at and find the place to set up for your hunt. For my personal preference I like using expandable heads for turkey hunting. The cutting diameter is larger and offers a quicker kill. Turkeys are tough birds and I prefer the broadside shot the best for a quick kill. If you are confident in your shooting, the head shot is the quickest kill shot there is. GOOD LUCK!!

    Hope your hunt is a success!!
     
  4. fishndad30

    fishndad30 New Member

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    sigourney ,iowa
    sounds like i'm set up right,got a big dog ground blind,have calls(box,slate,locater,push,and mouthcalls).i know the roost.have new rubber decoys(jake tom and two hens.and theres still a little cast off corn in one feild....been hitt'n milk juggs at 20 yards ...and the wife just got me a new turkey huntin jacket(with built in butt pillow)..lol..if anyone can think of anything i missed let me know
    thanx fellas
     
  5. fishndad30

    fishndad30 New Member

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    sigourney ,iowa
    :big_smile:passed up two jakes i called in this morning,but still a good day.guess the gear is working out ok
     
  6. catfisherman_eky3

    catfisherman_eky3 New Member

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    I would get you a good call and try to call you some in at least close enough range where you can get a shot at one with a bow,
     
  7. CountryHart

    CountryHart New Member

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    Myself i would shoot a game grabber on my head and turn the poundage down to something i could comfortably hold for a period of time. Also if your huntin from a blind, practice shooting off your knees or a stool. Good luck
     
  8. fishndad30

    fishndad30 New Member

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    sigourney ,iowa
    i have plenty of calls ,called both jakes yesterday in between quaker box call,and xpot slate ,i have a few diaphram calls too,both birds were under 30 yards and i hit milk juggs at 30 yards,im using an adder point that has a barbed like tip to slow its passing through the bird and hamper" fly offs" ,but these jake were not big at all ,i'v heard big gobblers out there and seen them during the fall deer hunt ,the one i want is a bird i saw in october with a 10 " beard,it dragges on the leaves!i have bigger chickens than those two jakes were. i have a milk crate my wife made a cushion for in my ground blind,very simialer to the position i shoot from in my stand so it is well rehersed shot
     
  9. Wolfdog

    Wolfdog New Member

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    Iowa
    I like to have the bird a little closer, like 20 yards is as far as I will shoot at a Turkey with a bow. I use Thunderheads and have never lost a bird.They can and will move fast. Just my 2 cents.
     
  10. CountryHart

    CountryHart New Member

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    One last tip, place a jake decoy FACING your blind. When he comes in, he'll turn to face the jake and you can draw and put it right up his keester. Best of luck.
     
  11. fishndad30

    fishndad30 New Member

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    sigourney ,iowa
    i'd like to have them walk up to me and die of natural causes....lol but i figure under thirty yards,its a shot,under 20 i'd have to screw it up,under 10 its a dead bird,under 5 i'll get it a coller and name it spot...lol