Tips for How to Set Up and Score on Last-Minute Gobblers
It's getting late. And you've still got a tag to fill. Maybe it’s time to blind sit to fill your final tag of the season.
Hub-style blinds are light and compact enough to carry. Set up is easy as take down. Many can accommodate several hunters. Some have shoot-through mesh windows. Many include zippered exterior windows you can adjust inside and outside.
In short, they’re suited for open-field gobblers that challenge hunters with minimal cover and timber birds in thick stuff — especially near strut zones.
How to Blind Sit
Some factors to consider when using blinds include:
Step 2: Practice shooting turkey targets from a seated position using your gun or bow before trying shots while hunting.
Step 3: Pick a comfortable chair for waiting on patterned field or timber birds.
Step 4: On private land, erect the blind in a field strut-zone location (or timbered spot) before your hunt to familiarize birds.
Step 5: Select a model with an outer shell that cuts wind noise and glare.
Step 6: Consider placing turkey decoys in the exact location where you want to make the killing shot.
Maybe you’ve patterned a spring gobbler from roost to the open field. You could decide to make your setup at the bird’s destination point with a blind. Better yet, you could position yourself at the transitional pinch-point (where terrain narrows along the gobbler’s desired path) or entrance trail (at the exact location where this bird enters the field).
The smile on your face as you’re about to pull the trigger is one you’ve earned.
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.