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Old 01-24-2008, 04:39 PM
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GWH- Great post.

Now, that I have an idea of what to shoot. Letís talk about getting set up. With decoys I have been hearing to put it out 15 feet in front of you. Does it matter what way it faces? And where do you put the hen in relation from the tom? How often do you call? How aggressive do you get calling? When do you stop calling, when in sight or once they key in on the decoy?
Also I heard that turkeys cant smell, is this true? if so then scent controle and wind direction would not matter, right?

Once again thanks for the help.
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Old 01-28-2008, 05:44 PM
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It's been said that if turkeys could smell they'd be next to impossible to hunt! Good thing they can't smell. I use 2 jakes and a hen (I think - haven't looked at them since last year. Put them out about 15 yards not feet. 15 ft, in my opinion is too close to you. You don't want the turkeys looking directly at you and you do want them out in front of the tree line just a little bit. I usually put them facing me or sideways or any variation there of. I use the little light ones on a pole so usually the wind will dictate a little which way God wants them to face. I usually crow call at first light to locate. If I don't hear back I'll try to do a little spot and stalk and I can find some without getting busted I sit and call. If I don't see them and the don't vocalize I find a spot like I mentioned on a tree line where the sun is going to light it up early in the AM and sit inside the tree line. Turkeys like to bask in those first rays of sunlight and show off. I begin calling softly, then louder until I get a response. If no response, I call at an average tone until I get tired of sitting and there are obviously no birds around. If I see one coming. I soften up and call every minute or so just enough to let him know where I am. If I am just waiting, I'll call about every 5 minutes or so. Don't overdo it. When I call every 5 minutes it's just a couple strings of yelps and a few cuts. The whole set of calling might take me about 20 seconds or so. You want to call enough where they can find you from way off but DONT call constantly. You've got to leave a few minutes in between. When I feel like I may be over calling. I'll stay quiet for about 15 minutes or so then call some more because turkeys have no long term memory. They'll forget they heard calling after a little while so if you think you've messed up then wait a bit then call again. The bad one is when they bust you. They go the other way quickly. Even if they forget why they're going that way they'll keep going that way and they're faster than you think!
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Old 01-28-2008, 06:02 PM
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get the bobble head hen....i'm telling ya , she is the best....she even keeps you on your toes, lol.....i'll be getting sleepy, all of a sudden i see movement out of the corner of my eye, it'll wake ya up, lol.... and the turkeys seem to be more willing to come in to a moving decoy...IMO

I went hunting only a couple of days last year due to my schedule but I had a great setup. I placed my hen decoy out in a field about 150yds away from a road near a wooded patch. I was wearing camo sitting in full cover amonst the woods facing back towards the road.

About once every half hour a car would come down the road passing by the field. You could tell the drivers saw the decoy because they slowed down almost to a crawl as then went by...

I was two hours into the hunt when a local farmer drove his tractor by the field. He put the tractor into low gear and then held one hand up to his mouth.... gobble.. gobble..gobble. He continued gobbling to my decoy until his tractor disappeared out of sight. I was laughing so hard I almost wet myself.
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Old 01-29-2008, 08:23 AM
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ROFLOL!

Then again, I can't stand hunting close to a road! vehicles buzzing by right at dusk drives me crazy!
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