Easiest I've found to learn the basics on was a "Primos dome"I learned a few things:
1. to scout more and closer to season.
I drew the first Turkey permit, after 4 years of trying. Map scouted, but no boots on the ground. I picked the "dead grass field" on hill top, instead of clover field, and it was way closer to where I went in. I hunted those 2 clover fields after a lunch break, and there were turkeys there, saw me and booked it.
2.Have alternate plans in case private land hunt permission is denied, and back to #1, scout
3. Get off my butt and check with local farmers for permission to hunt. Have seen a lot of turkeys on property, close to the house, within a 5-15 min drive. Not asking is an automatic no.
4.Get my gear weight down, I was wore out carrying 30#+ of gear in the foot hills and did not prepare my self in advance, getting in backpacking shape. My "traps" were killing me. Now their good.
5. And the funny gif follows. When I cold call, and get a response, start looking for a place to set up and intercept. Dont wait for 2 and 3rd responses that were getting closer. He was clucking. And get out a hen decoy. I had more time than I thought. I saw him, I believe if I would have had one out, he would have come closer, in range. He was looking for her. I could see it.
I swear after the turkey left in #5, as I reflected back, I had to laugh at myself.
6. Buy some mouth calls and learn in off season. It would have been nice on #5, so I wouldnt have to set my shotgun down to scratch my slate. Plus it sucks when its a little damp out, I reach in to scratch the slate and a horrible sound emits, had to redo with sandpaper. And I had prepped it the night before.
Buy the way, and suggestion on a Brand of mouth calls for a beginner?
*I guess I will create a thread for this as to not get this one off on a tangent.*
Heck probably already one out there.
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Yep, sure you're going to bump some turkeys but provided you have enough land to work with pushing the envelope and getting in his face can get even a lukewarm gobbler and even the dreaded henned up gobbler to drift over and have a look. Plus it's WAY more fun.Yep, I get tired of hearing about patience. Firm believer that it saves just as many, if not more, than it kills.