Spring Turkey hunting is all about foolin’ Tom turkeys into thinking your purty Hen decoy is hot to trot and sexy as any hen can be. And, yes placing the hen decoy some 10 to 15 yards out in front of the blind is the usual practice. Then its a matter of calling in a Tom whilst holed up in a blind in full camo, making like you are part of the undergrowth. All manner of scent cover and wild arse camo gear have been developed just for turkey hunters. Doesn’t surprise me that Wiley Coyote mistook Elmer Fud for breakfast. Once settled in a ground blind in full camo, I have had all manner of wildlife come within a few yards of me without detecting my presence.
Wild turkey are very intelligent beasts…great visual acuity, sense of color and movement. Last time I was successful, it took from a full two hours, from 0′dark-thirty on, to call a wily ol’ Tom close in enough (40 yards is stretching it for my shotgun) to dump a 3″ magnum turkey load into his head and neck.
Hell, supposedly Ben Franklin wanted the wild turkey to be the national bird because of their intelligence, and ability to disappear in a heartbeat. The males, when in full strut, tail fanned out are truly regal looking birds….AND, they taste like domestic birds taste, only more so.
Guy I knew was sitting in a deer hide when a tom turkey decided he liked that spot and the human had to go; he got clawed and beat up a bit before was able to shoot the turkey. Which was not trying to get away at any point.
Where I live up north in Kali, we got hunnerts of wild turkeys wandering the streets and yards. I have had to warn some folks here that certain times of the year when they are out walking to make sure they got running shoes on (…not that you can outrun a turkey if he gets inside his optimum *attack envelope*…) Bluehairs are *targets* for a *turkey, all aspect, heat-seeking, foot & wing powered missile*, called by the NATO designation: AWHOLYSHIT!
Me? I pay *bribe grain* to em in my backyard—in case the grocery stores go tits up!
Comment by Colonel Jerry USMC — May 2, 2012 @ 2:44 pm
I had this purty young hen one time and dangit if she didn’t smell good and then… wait a sec… aw jeeze… I think I’ve been played!
Sven, “placing the hen decoy some 10 to 15 yards out in front of the blind” sounds about right but this was so close the coyote got him while aiming for the bird. He could have lost some serious tail feathers if that had been a hunter with a gun instead.
Sounds like a Nimrod with little or no experience hunting wild gobblers.
Still one of my favorite hunts…..If the birds are not cooperative, I get to nod off whilst setting next to some lil’ creek or….more likely, the South Platte River and let that sandy ol’ brown river woman lulls me to sleep. I always wake up feeling a year or two younger. Not a bad thing for a feller who is pounding on that 65 year old doorway.