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How to Hunt a Wild Turkey

By Edited Jun 12, 2015 0 0

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Turkey hunting is one of the traditions in North America; and by tradition, too, a popular way to hunt turkeys is by using a bow and arrow. A hunter must rely on turkey calling and aiming for the perfect shot. Groups and organizations pertaining to turkey hunting are divided one side includes groups that were established to stop to turkey hunting, while other support the turkey hunting tradition. Like opposing factions, these two groups try to prevent each other's aims and uphold their own ideals. Any common person cannot merely choose a side on this certain issue; however, without understanding the issue itself. It is essential, hence, to a practical foundation in the realities of turkey hunting just to be guided in taking and informed decision.

Turkey hunting is wholly about luring the birds to come out into the open and then shooting them with a bow and arrow or a shotgun shell. A lot of people choose the bow and arrow since it adds very much to the tradition feel of the hunt, to the point of justifying it. The first idea behind turkey hunting is find a turkey roost. These are basically easy to find because the roost is within controlled surroundings for the most part in North America. Wild turkeys are likewise rather easy to find because they assemble in big groups. The idea is to not come too close to the turkey roost. It is suggested that the hunter should stay about a hundred to two hundred yards distance from the roost to leave sufficient room to fire and to get set once the turkeys start running.

The next point of the turkey hunt is to have the turkeys leave the roost, of course. To do this, the hunter must start out with a series of awkward yet effective turkey calls. These consist of various sounds of clucks, whistles, clicks, and hoots. It is crucial not to mix up an owl call or that of another bird's with the turkey call. When calling a turkey from a position, begin with a series of clucks and yelps. If no returned cluck or yelp is heard from a live turkey, get more aggressive by increasing the sound volume. This will bring the turkeys to think that another turkey nearby is either approaching aggressively or is challenging the territory. Eventually, a turkey must step out of the roost.

When this occurs, make sure that you have set the sight of the shotgun or aim the bow and arrow on the target. Continue calling the turkey to lure them closer to the line of fire. If the turkey won't approach a desirable range, try to make very soft purring or clucking sounds. Also look out for the other predatory birds or animals that may get attracted by the use of these sounds. The clucks and purrs theoretically should tempt closer to the line of fire for the hunter. Sometime turkeys can be stubborn. They actually don't know the difference between the sound of human calls and genuine turkey calls.

All the same, the shot should be taken while the bird is within range. The hunter must let go clucking and purring just long enough to release an arrow or squeeze the trigger. The follow-through is crucial because the sound may send more turkeys scampering away in every direction. The birds quickly get confused, so remember to spot the kill and mark it before proceeding. Do not be tempted to try to pick another one of the scampering birds, since this may result in an endless cycle of shooting down running turkeys without enough freezer space to hold them all.

A turkey hunt is generally purposed to have a bird for Thanksgiving or Christmas. There are several countries and states, that do not permit wild turkey hunting anymore. As a hunter you should be responsible for checking on rules set by the locality before taking part in any turkey hunt and finding out the laws of the area in which you are preparing to hunt in.



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