Some spring gobblers are just plain difficult. Try these tricks on yours.
If your spring turkey season is still open, and you're still carrying a tag, you likely have a few tough gobblers on your mind. Here's how to tag one.
1. Get Tight
Get tight to its roost tree well before sunrise. Call softly with a no-hands mouth call, if at all, right after the bird flies down (sometimes with others) and hits the ground. Clucks and soft yelps may do the trick.
2. Strut Zone
Better yet, if you can nail down the strut zone one day, the gobbler might just come to the location the next morning, and you’ll be waiting.
3. Fake Out
Decoys may or may not pull this tough turkey in. Sometimes turkey fakes help. Other times gobblers avoid staked hens and gobblers.
4. Woods Smarts
You may just choose to hang out in that area, hoping this tough turkey crosses your path. Read the land. Pattern the gobbler. For the hunter who likes to get a longbeard fired up and bring it to the calls, this may or may not be a hollow victory.
5. Gobbler Calls
You can also call like a gobbler (make coarse yelps, roughly three notes long, or gobble, safety considered). During the late-spring transition time gobblers may just want to run with other toms and jakes.
Steve Hickoff is Realtree.com's editorial director and turkey hunting editor. He’s been beaten by more birds than he can remember. Still he kills enough to eat well, and fool with beards, spurs and fans until the next season. Pennsylvania born and raised, Maine is his home base now. A full-time outdoor communicator with a couple university writing degrees, he chases spring gobblers and fall flocks around the country.