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Is it Turkey Season yet?

Posted By: coyotesoldier229

Is it Turkey Season yet? - 03/07/20 08:06 PM

I enjoy quite a few things, but not too much I enjoy like calling in and killing or even getting duped by a long beard. Been getting a few on cams in half strut on my favorite ridgeline. Got me excited enough I picked up a new mouth call today. Thinking about using the bow this year. Already have an idea where I want to be opening morning as long as the birds keep roosting in the same area as the last few years.

How bout you? How long till your season starts? Who has the same itch I do? Almost too long of a wait here. Season starts May 2nd.
Posted By: DelawareRob

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 03/07/20 08:25 PM

Iím looking forward to it, I also have the same itch for turkey hunting you do.

Good luck with your bow, Iíve thought about giving it a try some day, if also like to use a muzzleloader one day.

Delaware opens up on April 11th

Maryland opens on April 18th

I have a couple spots pre scouted out where they usually are every year.


Good luck to you.
Posted By: Catch22

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 03/07/20 08:43 PM

If you look up the worlds worst turkey hunter in the dictionary, you'll see my pic lol. Never been able to bag one. I wish all you guys the best!
Posted By: Jiggamitch

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 03/07/20 08:46 PM

I went last year for the first time ever and got one, but it was on family land. Going to try public this year. I've scouted the area several times and it looks promising. Any tips for actually getting a tom to come to me?
Posted By: frank1969

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 03/07/20 08:59 PM

Cach22 were in Ohio are you? I can help
Posted By: Catch22

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 03/07/20 09:13 PM

Originally Posted by frank1969
Cach22 were in Ohio are you? I can help

Hi Frank, I'm in Wayne Co. Ohio. We don't have a good turkey population here, quite frankly, no pun intended lol, I'd love to blame it on that, but I can't. I have had success with every other critter but fail miserably with turkeys. Had some close calls though!
Posted By: coyotesoldier229

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 03/07/20 09:42 PM

Iím by no means the best turkey hunter in the world, but I make sure I spend a few afternoons the week or two before season scouting after work, listening for birds at the end of day and figure out their roost, how they get in it and which way they will head in the morning. Farmland birds are pretty predictable the first few dayís of the season. Public land birds here are covering some serious ground, a lot of hardwoods and mountain laurel. They are run and gun type situations.

One thing I remember reading on here, a gentleman said he raised turkeys and stated that a yelp was a hen saying, hey Iím over here, and a cluck was hey come here. I thought back on quite a few times I got hung up birds to close the distance, and the cluck was the ticket, regardless of the call I was using. Call shy birds are tough, need to know where they like to strut morning or mid day and hang out waiting. Good luck

The bow should be a neat challenge, Iím gonna try a blind or build some brush blinds if needed. Keeps me shooting my bow more too.
Posted By: JEckman

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 03/07/20 10:04 PM

42 days I be in KY.. Then back for PA and NY..

Just set up a new blind in the garage for the Mathews and put a new pistol grip stock on the stoeger to try out..

Bow if it's a sit and wait. Gunning if it's a run and gun..
Posted By: loosegoose

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 03/07/20 10:12 PM

I tried three years in a row. I'd see turkeys in a certain spot a couple times in a row, even have them walk right past me as I stood still while out looking for mushrooms, and go out and sit directly on their route the next day, and never see or hear from them again. I gave up.
Posted By: Claypool313

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 03/07/20 10:28 PM

May 2nd is too long to wait. Then it will be over before you know it.
Posted By: Chamacat

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 03/07/20 10:36 PM

Yep..Weathers been warming up nicely and finally some snow melt...Got out a few afternoons ago saw a few...be shooting a Mathews "Traverse"...this year..dumped my PSE....using Swift4Me world famous turkey calls..hopefully won't have to walk as far this year.. grin
Posted By: Law Dog

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 03/07/20 10:37 PM

Most people that struggle to bag a bird make the same mistakes often.

Call to loud
Call to often
Move on the bird
Donít sit long enough when a bird goes silent.

Not that those are the only mistakes a person could make. LOL

Call softly always at a level just below the birds interest level if you answer every call that bird will hang up and wait for you to come to him. Learn a few simple calls mix them up one might be the one to call that bird in, simple purrs and clucks will go a long ways.
Posted By: DelawareRob

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 03/07/20 10:45 PM

Originally Posted by Law Dog
Most people that struggle to bag a bird make the same mistakes often.

Call to loud
Call to often
Move on the bird
Donít sit long enough when a bird goes silent.

Not that those are the only mistakes a person could make. LOL

Call softly always at a level just below the birds interest level if you answer every call that bird will hang up and wait for you to come to him. Learn a few simple calls mix them up one might be the one to call that bird in, simple purrs and clucks will go a long ways.


That is pretty dead on in my experience.
Posted By: 330-Trapper

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 03/07/20 10:49 PM

Originally Posted by Catch22
If you look up the worlds worst turkey hunter in the dictionary, you'll see my pic lol. Never been able to bag one. I wish all you guys the best!

Well Catch, you and I are tied. I shot too soon two different years and struck out another 2 years. So Nada for me either.

This Year!!!!!!! BABY!!! I'M picking B. With Shotgun or all seasons if I choose to use my Excalibur.
But B for sure

MN. 2O20

Spring turkey hunt periods

Hunt A: April 15-21

Hunt B: April 22-28

Hunt C: April 29-May 5

Hunt D: May 6-12

Hunt E: May 13-19

Hunt F: May 20-31
Posted By: Catch22

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 03/07/20 11:00 PM

You go Scott, this is your year. Get'em buddy! I'm gonna start a thread, watch me go lol.
Posted By: 330-Trapper

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 03/07/20 11:03 PM

Originally Posted by Catch22
You go Scott, this is your year. Get'em buddy! I'm gonna start a thread, watch me go lol.

Thanks Catch!
Posted By: frank1969

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 03/07/20 11:31 PM

Catch you sent far at all, I work in the Akron and Youngstown area ,we need to get you a bird
Posted By: DelawareRob

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 03/07/20 11:33 PM

Originally Posted by frank1969
Catch you sent far at all, I work in the Akron and Youngstown area ,we need to get you a bird


Operation Catch kills a turkey gets the green light.
Posted By: JEckman

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 03/07/20 11:41 PM

People move too much or not nearly enough..
Posted By: Law Dog

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 03/07/20 11:43 PM

Gobbler 1 is the HVT this year operation Catch 22 is a go!
Posted By: Catch22

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 03/07/20 11:46 PM

Lol guys. Frank, bird or no bird, I'd love hangin with you and I'll buy supper, I mean supper!
Posted By: coyotesoldier229

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 03/07/20 11:56 PM

Originally Posted by Law Dog
Most people that struggle to bag a bird make the same mistakes often.

Call to loud
Call to often
Move on the bird
Donít sit long enough when a bird goes silent.

Not that those are the only mistakes a person could make. LOL

Call softly always at a level just below the birds interest level if you answer every call that bird will hang up and wait for you to come to him. Learn a few simple calls mix them up one might be the one to call that bird in, simple purrs and clucks will go a long ways.


Iíd be lying if I said I hadnít made all those mistakes and more. Shooting my compound and my recurve tomorrow afternoon. Iím sure the bows gonna present some new challenges, and a few learning opportunities
Posted By: Law Dog

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 03/08/20 12:01 AM

Best to have a blind of some kind as the draw is the hardest part of that kind of hunt.
Posted By: coyotesoldier229

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 03/08/20 12:14 AM

Definetly going to set up a blind and build a brush blind or two where I know they typically travel and go from there
Posted By: Deerhunter51

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 03/08/20 12:18 AM

They taunt me right outside of my front door. Weíre always covered up in birds here.

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Posted By: Law Dog

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 03/08/20 12:21 AM

Originally Posted by Deerhunter51
They taunt me right outside of my front door. Weíre always covered up in birds here.

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Turkey porn!
Posted By: bass10

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 03/08/20 12:22 AM

Holy smokes deerhunter51, you better be able to kill a couple, they already strutting in TN? I saw my flock today while sheíd hunting 2 long beards. Like you all I canít wait, I almost like it more than deer hunting these days. I have the luxury of going every morning (and I do) so it does get a little old but I know it goes fast!
Posted By: Deerhunter51

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 03/08/20 12:30 AM

They started strutting here about a week ago. Toms were just gobbling in the woods behind the house about 30 minutes ago before they went up to roost. We limit out every year either down behind the house or on the farm next door - turkey and venison always on the menu here.
Posted By: coyotesoldier229

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 03/08/20 12:33 AM

Thatís an awesome pic, Turkey hunters dream to have that at less than 20 yards and those gobblers popping off
Posted By: JEckman

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 03/08/20 12:37 AM

Blinds make bowhunting so easy for turkeys it's dumb.. Don't let any cracks shine through and keep in the shadows. Can practically do jumping jacks with a gob at 5 yds...

Gotta be perfect not in a blind..

That said patients kills most turkeys if you truly wait them out not meaning 20 minute waits..
Posted By: Law Dog

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 03/08/20 12:38 AM

Wake up get a cup of coffee go sit on the porch and shoot a bird at sunrise how sweet is that.
Posted By: Rat_Pack

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 03/08/20 12:55 AM

May 1. Last year was terrible. Weather was wet and cold. They hardly talked where I hunted. The year before we were overrun with toms
Posted By: Chuckles84

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 03/08/20 01:27 AM

I cant wait either. Have about 4 weeks or so for my season to open. Was out shed hunting today and marked a couple roost trees on OnX Maps. Then saw a flock of 10 birds all long beards feeding across a field no hens in soght.
Posted By: Wanna Be

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 03/08/20 01:41 AM

Ours opens in two weeks March 21. A buddy got drawn on a redraw hunt for a Florida WMA and got his first Osceola this morning!! Times a ticking...
Posted By: 330-Trapper

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 03/08/20 01:43 AM

I'll still get skunked
Posted By: coyotesoldier229

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 03/08/20 02:11 AM

How bout them Nebraskans? I was out there 7-8 years ago in the Curtis area. Lots of birds. Killed a nice Tom and a jake. Both merriams. Our easterns are pretty but those merriams are really cool birds. Saw some Rios but never had any opportunities to connect.
Posted By: snowy

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 03/08/20 02:36 AM

At one time I use to get pretty excited about turkey season, I still enjoy bow hunting them but have had less interest in hunting these days. I did get a license the other day so will hunt them for a few days any way. Last year was the first year I didn't kill a turkey in 35 years or better.
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Here is another picture to get the blood flowing.
Posted By: Law Dog

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 03/08/20 02:52 AM

I drove around my hunting area a month ago did not see a bird but they are feeding in some farm lot somewhere.
Posted By: snowy

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 03/08/20 03:00 AM

^ LOL! Yah, that what happens here, they flock up till April, then get spread out over 5 to 7 miles from where they winter. I did see a gobbler by itself today feeding in a field.
Posted By: gdccowboy

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 03/08/20 04:41 AM

Itís one of my favorite trips I do every year me and the family go for a trout and turkey combo trip every April
Here last years picks [Linked Image]
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Posted By: 330-Trapper

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 03/08/20 04:50 AM

Beautiful Birds Snowy^^^

Awesome Family photo's gdccowboy!!
Posted By: KC Blues

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 03/08/20 05:00 AM

Headed to Montana this spring. Then a little hunting in Ohio. Thinking I may do a week in Kansas next year.
Posted By: Law Dog

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 03/08/20 05:05 AM

My buddy with his 2016 Hills bird that bird was right next to the road roosting at sunrize we worked our way to it and parked in a little pull over spot, when it gobbled again it was about 80 yards away on a hill. It was so close we had to walk down the highway and cross the fence to start working it. Took about 1 hour for it to come past the truck where it hung up for a while. He called and called went silent for a bit but once he got past the truck he fired up again, best hunt ever in the Hills.

He died less then a year later from cancer.

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Posted By: Hydropillar

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 03/08/20 04:30 PM

Originally Posted by Law Dog
My buddy with his 2016 Hills bird that bird was right next to the road roosting at sunrize we worked our way to it and parked in a little pull over spot, when it gobbled again it was about 80 yards away on a hill. It was so close we had to walk down the highway and cross the fence to start working it. Took about 1 hour for it to come past the truck where it hung up for a while. He called and called went silent for a bit but once he got past the truck he fired up again, best hunt ever in the Hills.

He died less then a year later from cancer.

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thats sure a good lookin merriam ..glad ya got the memories of good times with buddies
Posted By: coyotesoldier229

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 05/01/20 11:14 PM

Tomorrowís the day, since I last posted on this thread Iíve been isolation a lot at work, wearing mask for a month now, really makes for an awesome time at work. Sarcasm implied. Canít wait to go out for some thunder chickens tomorrow. Iíve had no time to shoot the bow but when I have Iíve been on, but havenít had time so set up a blind or even scout for that matter, so 870 it is. I talked to the neighbor last week and he told me where heís seen some birds. I have an idea on where theyíll roost and fly down. Best of luck to all you PA turkey hunters tomorrow.
Posted By: pcr2

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 05/01/20 11:25 PM

same to you,be good just to get out.
Posted By: Leftlane

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 05/01/20 11:28 PM

That is quite a bird Jerry even if you forgot you were chewing straw like little Abner LOL!
Posted By: Bruce T

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 05/01/20 11:40 PM

Opens tomorrow here in Maine
Posted By: coyotesoldier229

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 05/01/20 11:41 PM

Originally Posted by pcr2
same to you,be good just to get out.


Ainít no doubt about that. Iíve been working a lot, cutting next years wood for the family and building some patio and campfire furniture in my spare time Iím about due for a few days to hunt and wet some cat lines
Posted By: coyotesoldier229

Re: Is it Turkey Season yet? - 05/01/20 11:47 PM

Good luck to ya Bruce
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