Turkey hunting, like any other hunting, can go wrong or be successful, depending on your actions.
No matter how unprepared you might feel, keep in mind that turkey hunting begins in February and you need to do some pre-season scouting. Look for the food sources, cut grain fields and the tracks, droppings and scratching. The moment you locate the flock; you have better chances later in the year. Don’t waste any free day to go scouting, even on a rainy day. The more you know about, the better the chances for your hunt.
The best way to kill a gobbler in the spring is to find his roost the night before. Take advantage of your previous scouting observations and get some help from an owl or crow locator call to get a tom to gobble on the roost when it gets dark. The closer you get to a tom on the roost, the more you’ll know where and when is going to bet the next morning.
Try some bow hunting if you’re new to the property. You need a blind for this and you have to prepare for the shot and draw back. Remember also to place your decoys closer when using a blind and a bow.
Don’t hesitate to use the calling when you go turkey hunting. There are several options on this and don’t go to the field for the first time with a diaphragm call. Learn how to use the right call and typically you may only need the basic yelp.
Last, but not least, get some decoys also and use the calling accordingly to the decoys. And, keep in mind that you can never go wrong with a single hen decoy.