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    Can you also share some of the various ways you guys have done this?


    May 09, 2013 at 10:05pm

    I have tried for 3 seasons to take my first turkey, and they just keep going the other way, but I have learned a lot just reading on her the last several months.

    Now for my questions. I have always heard and read that you don't want to call before the season, because you don't want to educate them. Can someone explain this a little more? Does this mean you don't want to go out and practice a lot to on them. How then do you locate them 'on the roost'

    What do you recommend, short of having a teacher, to learn the different types of calls and when you should do them?

    March 16, 2012 at 12:26am
    A comment titled: Young hunters in response to a report titled: Six year old's First Deer

    I have learned a lot taking my four kids hunting over the years. I realized that I can't make it miserable for them, and have made sure the electronics are charged and brought with us for them to play until they deer come out. The more opportunities they get to see deer out there the more they seem willing to sit there and wait and watch. I have also brought the grunt tube and antlers and let him play with them at will. Just something to make it enjoyable and pass the time. Think about it, how may of us could go to an opera or an art gallery and spend any appreciable amount of time there, and enjoy it. I think the same goes for hunting. Once our kids find the enjoyment of it, and appreciate the awesome beauty of the woods, they will want to go, but until then, me telling him to be quiet, sit still, don't do that is nothing more than the prude in front of me giving me a dirty look when I make an offhand comment about some 'modern abstract masterpiece' that looks like something my 9 year old could do in five minutes.

    Once I lost the seriousness of trying to teach him exactly how to hunt, and tried to make it a good time in the woods, he seems to have started to come around and occasionally want to go. I make sure to take the two youngest at least once a year, and then if they ask. I don't think that one of my daughters will ever hunt, but my oldest son and daughter have the bug, and my youngest son seems to have an interest. Just yesterday morning as I got home from a morning sit, he asked me to get him up the next time I go hunting. There is hope.

    October 06, 2013 at 9:01pm
    A comment titled: Still working on those in response to a report titled: Finally got one this year, now...

    I had a problem with getting the SD card to upload to my computer. May try and get one up tonight after I take my daughter out to try and get a bird.

    Thanks for the links

    May 10, 2013 at 9:05am
    A comment titled: Me Too in response to a report titled: clarification

    Organic, I am just below you in Vance County and had the same question. I asked the new Wildlife Officer Young and Creech was there too. I first asked if this applied to the whole deer season or just during the two weeks or so of bear season. He said it was all season, and that corn is legal, but peanut butter isn't, and a lot of the Buck Jams and other flavored or processed attractents are not. At least you have a chance to see a bear in Warren County. I haven't talked to too many folks who say they have even seen one here in Vance, including the Wildlife guys.

    September 13, 2012 at 12:58am
    A comment titled: Started Looking in response to a report titled: Wanna Guess what these Sly Critters are up to?

    Thanks GT, I am starting to get several black pictures on my camera which I have out on a mineral site. I went this evening to download pictures and my son and I walked around looking for some sign. Found some turkey tracks but ran out of daylight to get into the pines too far. Hope I have pictures too post of my son on youth day.

    March 31, 2012 at 9:28pm
    A comment titled: Cameras in response to a report titled: Wanna Guess what these Sly Critters are up to?

    GT, where did you find this deal and is it too late to order myself some?

    March 29, 2012 at 10:50pm
    A comment titled: Yet again, in response to a report titled: Trying to figure this thing out

    Thanks guys. When you are trying to learn how to hunt turkeys for basically one month a year by yourself, and on the rebound from avidly hunting deer for several months, it is hard to feel like you have really learned much. Your feedback and experiences help fill in and redirect my forming thoughts and actions on chasing these awesome creatures.

    Just like only hunting turkeys in the morning. I have only been hunting for the last three years, but have been hunting with guys who have grown up doing it. When they leave the woods by 10 every morning, you just assume that it isn't worth going back out.

    GT, when we I first started hunting, we only had one rifle, so my son and I would take turns who got to 'have the gun' for the hunt. As luck would have it, it was his turn when a very nice 8 pointer with a high rack and 18' spread came out. That feeling that night is priceless. Anyone who hasn't had that experience doesn't know what they are missing. I have since had the opportunity to take several other kids out deer hunting and been with them when they took their first deer, and that is always a great time - almost feel like you are stealing something from the kids parents. But that is what is so great about hunting and forums like this. It allows folks from all walks of life to put aside all the crap and communicate openly and freely, irrespective of everything else.

    Sorry to wax poetic. Thanks for all the feedback. Looks like I need to 'schedule' some mid day and afternoon appointments next month and get out of the office during the week!

    March 21, 2012 at 12:03am
    A comment titled: I will admit in response to a report titled: Trying to figure this thing out

    I have never sat for an hour between calls. I typically hunt on about a 150 acre tract of private land, that during deer season, have seen as many as four long beards together at a time. I also have the ability to hunt a tract about twice this size plus, but its a good 40 minute drive in Warren County. The gentleman who owns all this property grew up hunting turkey, and we were able to hunt with him once. He too was very sparing with his calling.

    I normally have hunted first light until mid morning, and then go home, but after reading what you and several others have said on here, plan on spending more time out there each day. I normally only get out there on Saturday, and of course the wife isn't excited about me spending the whole day out there. I also was ignorant on a lot of this, and so just sitting there with no results seemed pointless, especially when you didn't hear anything.

    Another thing is that we have not really used any decoys, but the ones we have are plastic blow ups, and there isn't a strutting one in the bunch. Are these too cheap to use? Should I invest in some that are a bit more realistic? We have only used them a couple of times.

    On Scouting. I am not sure where the birds roost, what time should I go out and try to locate them? I also have never found where they normally go after flydown. I have been out to the tract a couple of times looking for sign this year, and have seen some droppings, but not really much else. It is a planted pine plantation, about 10 years old, with some mature standing timber along a stream, which abuts another 400 acre planted pine plantation about 20 years old. I have found a field that I have seen turkey in the afternoon, and some others have said they have seen them in a planted clover patch late in the afternoon and evening.

    Its the challange that keeps me going and spending time with my son. Now that he is older, we don't deer hunt from the same stand anymore, and so its a good time together. But last year was tough, we didn't even hear any gobbling, but now I feel like I am starting to understand them thanks to you guys.

    March 20, 2012 at 12:44am
    A comment titled: Thanks Guys in response to a report titled: Trying to figure this thing out

    GT, I hear ya on the patience thing, but how do you know when to sit tight and wait, or get up and go looking. Or, I guess the better question is when do you stop and set up. In past, I have gotten out of the truck and would try a crow call or owl call initially to see if anything responded. Most of the time it doesn't, so I would use a box call and walk around to see if we could hear anything gobbling. If it did, we would walk towards it and try and cut the distance in half and then set up and wait. Does this sound like the right way to start?

    Then, once we set up, how long should we sit and be patient, and how often should we be calling while we sit?

    I know I have a lot of questions, but after three years, this has become personal!!

    March 18, 2012 at 11:53pm
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