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How do I get to the toms before the REAL hens do?
Last Post 27 Nov 2010 08:34 AM by DK Allen. 4 Replies.
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HuntingNutUser is Offline Pheasant Chick Pheasant Chick Send Private Message Posts:73 HuntingNut
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04 Mar 2009 09:19 AM
    As any turkey hunter knows, one of the most challenging, if not THEE most challenging aspects of turkey hunting is trying to get to toms before hens can. Making yourself sound and react like a real hen is very important, but from my experience, it really doesn't matter if you really are part turkey, if other hens are with the toms directly after flying down from the roost. My question is, what are some techniques or tricks you all use to try and get to the toms before those pesky hens do?
    Hunting is Life- Enough Said
    jballardUser is Offline Pheasant Egg Pheasant Egg Send Private Message Posts:40 jballard
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    06 Jul 2009 06:18 PM
    I wouldn't say I am an experienced turkey hunter but I've always heard you need to get in as close as you can while they are on the roost and get them before they hen up
    birdUser is Offline Pheasant Egg Pheasant Egg Send Private Message Posts:2 bird
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    06 Jul 2009 06:46 PM
    There are many different approaches and techniques to turkey hunting including alot of luck. But if you want to learn from the best check out OldGobbler.com The best of the turkey hunting world hangs there and they can give you so many ideas that it would boggle your mind. Been chasin the timberghost for many years and I will guarantee you that you will learn something new each time you go out. Patience is probably the most important key then anything. Well there is scouting and then the calling and then.... you catch my drift.

    bird
    The dog will always prove you wrong!
    Rem870 DaveUser is Offline Pheasant Chick Pheasant Chick Send Private Message Posts:63 Rem870 Dave
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    29 Jul 2010 11:03 AM
    HuntingNut,

    Well, the best luck I have had at getting the old long beards is getting in your spot early and getting in close to the roost (do your homework/fieldwork). If it doesn't pan out for you right out of the gate stay with it, move around, calling often and try to locate a tom who is already done with the real deal and is looking for another bit of action. I have taken several birds around the 11am time and before 7am right out of the roost but nothing in between yet. Of course where I hunt you can only hunt until 12 noon so I wouldn't know anything about hunting them in the afternoon. I think being in the right place at the right time is the most important but if you haven't mastered your calling techniques and don't have a good decoy the big beards will walk away from you every time. This year a had two Toms come towards me right out of the roost and they locked onto my decoys and my calling, they let a hen come up the trail from the other direction walk up to them and right by them. Some people say I might over call but I have observed hens in the area call nonstop to a gobbler until he came right into her, I am always trying to mimic what I have heard by actual wild turkeys, it has worked for me so far.

    Good Luck!

    Dave
    DK AllenUser is Offline Pheasant Egg Pheasant Egg Send Private Message Posts:3 DK Allen
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    27 Nov 2010 08:34 AM

    Set up between the Gobblers and the Hens.

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