Turkey Hunting Salina KS

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Bear Promotions
(785) 825-8434
248 S Santa Fe Ave
Salina, KS
 
Famous Footwear
(785) 826-1773
137 Central Mall
Salina, KS
 
Western Associates Inc
(785) 825-8434
248 S Santa Fe Ave
Salina, KS
 
Hibbett Sports
(785) 827-5100
2259 9th
Salina, KS
 
Ace Hardware Home Center
(785) 827-4474
321 S Broadway Blvd
Salina, KS
 
Vanderbilt's
(785) 823-7027
3005 Enterprise Dr
Salina, KS
 
Cleve's Marine & Sporting Goods
(785) 823-6986
136 S Broadway Blvd
Salina, KS
 
Golf Shop The
(785) 827-3548
1402 S Santa Fe Ave
Salina, KS
 
Sunflower Pool & Patio
(785) 823-7512
1125 E Crawford St
Salina, KS
 
Clark Enterprises 2000 Inc
(785) 825-7172
240 E Berg Rd
Salina, KS
 

Branching Out For Timber Turkeys

When most of us think of turkey hunting, we picture green fields and forest edges alive with songbirds and new leaves. This, after all, is where we generally set up our ambushes. It's where the classic game is played.

But there are times when turkeys don't want to play the classic game - at least not out in the open. You might encounter them while running and gunning through the woods to get to another field. You might have set up in the timber intentionally to ambush a tom as he passes through when retreating from a field. Regardless of the scenario, the fundamentals of turkey hunting -- the calling, hiding, and shot set up -- remain the same. But in the woods you also need to be aware of a few subtle nuances that can spell the difference between trophy and regret.

The Right Terrain
For one thing, not all woods are created equal. As a rule, wild turkeys seem to prefer foraging in the open woods. One avian biologist I know theorizes that they can take advantage of their phenomenal eyesight far better in the open woods than they might in tighter cover. He also suggest that there's also a better chance of eluding predators there, either by running or taking flight - something not so easily accomplished by a big bird in tighter tangles and thickets.

The open woods also allow more sunlight in, which promotes a wealth of ground cover. This translates into a veritable buffet for any wild turkey that's passing through. Studies have shown that these adaptable birds will chow down on an impressive variety of foods. In fact, I was recently e-mailed a 10-page list of turkey foods compiled by the National Wild Turkey Federation. In the woods, these foods might include herbaceous plants, seeds, leaves, and buds, as well as tubers, insects, and even snails and salamanders.

It's also important to note that the birds you see in the timber will most often be passing through; traveling along their daily circuit that takes them from their roost to their fields and strutting grounds, and back to the roost again. That's why any woods in close proximity to a field that turkeys use is a good bet, especially if you've watched them emerge or retreat into the tree line of the woods in question.

Another thing to consider is that, like most animals, wild turkeys will use the path of least resistance if at all possible. They'll often use deer trails, old logging roads, creek bottoms and open ridge tops as travel corridors. They'll also filter down through wide-open hardwoods. Each type of topography can provide good locations for ambush if gobblers are in the area.

Vantage Points
A few seasons ago, I set up in the middle of the hardwoods to get closer to a very vocal tom cruising a field on the other side. As soon as my back was planted to a tree facing his direction, I began a calling sequence that immediately captured his interest. He initially hung up, but then he rushed in, and stepped atop a small knoll to strut for the hen he thought I was. Instead of ...

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Fall Turkey Hunting Tactics

"There is something about running right into the middle of a flock of wild turkeys, screaming like a madman that just doesn't seem natural," I thought to myself as I watched the group of twenty-something hens and jakes fly off the ridge in all directions. For a guy whose turkey hunting experiences had been limited to the spring months, the whole idea of "busting up a flock" didn't make a lot of sense. However, I had been assured that when chasing birds in the fall, it was a perfectly acceptable practice.

After watching the birds drop out of sight, I eased my way down from where they had been, stuck out my lone hen decoy, and sat against the most comfortable cedar I could find. Several minutes of silence had passed and I began to question why any turkey would return after the commotion I had created. That thought quickly faded with the first sounds of yelping to my right. Those yelps were immediately answered by some kee-kees down the ridge and to my left. Maybe this crazy scheme would work after all!

I pulled the double reed Primos diaphragm call from my shirt pocket and joined the mix with a few kee-kees of my own. One after another the birds called back and forth in an obvious attempt to regroup. It wasn't long before I began to hear the light crunching of leaves as the flock began to make their way in my direction. A flash of movement to my right caught my attention. It was the bobbing head of a hen coming over the ridge. As she slipped behind a big red oak, I eased my 12-gauge Mossberg around and got it pointed in the right direction. When the hen stepped out from behind the oak at thirty-two yards, I squeezed the trigger and watched my first fall turkey hit the ground.


Some light calling after busting up the flock resulted in the
author harvesting his very first fall turkey.

That one hunt was all it took to sell me on the merits of fall turkey hunting. While it may not contain the heart-pounding gobbling and run-and-gun action of the spring season, it has an excitement all its own and fills an important void for a diehard turkey hunter. Not to mention the fact that it is a great opportunity to put a tasty bird on the Thanksgiving table.

I'm not the only one who has found fall turkey hunting to their liking, either. Turkey hunters across the country are discovering that the fall season can greatly extend the time they spend in the woods chasing after their favorite game bird. In fact, 44 states and two Canadian provinces now have some form of fall/winter turkey season.

Don't get the wrong idea, though. Even with more states offering fall turkey hunting opportunities and more hunters taking advantage of those opportunities, it's not likely that you will encounter a crowd at your favorite autumn turkey spot. That's because these seasons typically coincide with so many other hunting opportunities, including seasons for deer, waterfowl and upland game. That's good news for those who choose to chase after these birds in the fall - lots...

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Turkey Hunting: Scouting Early Equals Opening Day Success

Very few hunting sports have grown as quickly as turkey hunting has in the last few decades. When I started turkey hunting, tagging a longbeard wasn't as difficult as it is today. Toms used to come running every time I let loose on my favorite box call. If I made a mistake or two on a tom, most of the time he could be called right back into shotgun range. Gaining permission to hunt was a piece of cake. Most farmers didn't hunt turkeys and really did not care if hunters shot them or not. Gone are the days when harvesting a tom was as simple as stepping off the back porch.

Now, almost every hunter I know is a turkey hunter. It is great that so many hunters have decided to take up the sport, but there is one problem. Birds that get hunted hard quickly decide to close their mouths and head for the hills. In recent years, I scouted birds, located their roost trees, and watched them fly up multiple days in a row. I left the woods a few days before the season started smiling from ear to ear knowing that in a few days, I would leave the woods with a heavy gobbler draped over my shoulder. When I showed up a couple days later, I ran into a truck parked in my favorite place. I heard a seductive hen talking right where I planned on hunting. My ace in the hole quickly disappeared. The question is: now what?

After this happened to me more times than I care to count, I decided to come up with a few back-up plans in case I encounter another hunter. Now I have a simple routine I go through to ensure there are always a few birds for me to chase.

Scout Early in the Year
First and foremost, when developing a back-up plan, you should begin scouting as early in the year as possible. The earlier you start scouting the more time you have to find a few different places to hunt. I live in Michigan and even though we experience snow on the ground during March, I usually start scouting then. While most hunters are still ice fishing or watching television, I begin knocking on doors trying to gain permission to hunt private property. I head to my favorite hotspots on public ground and locate as many flocks as possible. Even when I have one or two great spots lined up and I want to go home to relax, I try to locate two or three other places. Sometimes they are suburbia birds. Other times they are birds that may require a serious hike to reach. Either way, multiple game plans provide me with options if somebody else tags the bird I was hoping for or spooks a whole flock into the next county.


Successful hunters like this one create their own luck by spending
countless hours scouting before the season opens.

Put Some Miles on Your Car
Since there are only 24 hours in a day, locating a toms' roosting tree is not always possible. Therefore, once I have located a roost tree or two, I start driving country roads looking for other flocks. If I locate a flock in a field where I can hunt or if I notice a tom crossing the road on public land, I write down the place and tim...

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