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Solve Late Season Turkey Hunting Problems Day 3: Hunt Defiant Turkeys

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Editor’s Note: No hunter can give exact rules for solving problems with any particular turkey, because each gobbler has a personality based on his genetic make-up, how long he’s lived, and how-many hunter encounters he’s had. Also, turkeys are very moody with changes in their likes and dislikes occurring almost daily. One day a turkey may gobble aggressively and come to any type of calling. The next day you go to hunt him, he may not gobble at all, and/or he may shy away from calling. Wild turkeys are very-complex birds. But if you hunt long enough, you will encounter toms nobody can take. The more you hunt them and learn about them, the greater your odds for bagging one. This week I’ll give tactics to help you take tough toms at the end of the season.

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This turkey will respond to your calling but often will stop 50 to 60 yards from you and refuse to come any closer. He knows nature dictates that the hen should come to him, if she hears or sees him. Oftentimes, continuing to call will make this turkey more defiant and actually prevent him from moving in to where you are. Use these techniques.

  • Scratch with your hand in the leaves, using the cadence a hen turkey does when she scratches – scratch; scratch – scratch; scratch. You’ll make a defiant tom believe a hen that’s disinterested in mating is feeding in the area. Often the gobbler will drop his strut and move in closer to allow what he thinks is a hen to see him better, and he can see her.
  • Change calls. On one hunt, I waited for an hour when I had a turkey at less than 20 yards, strumming and drumming behind some brush that wouldn’t step-out. When my hunting companion called on his slate, instead of the diaphragms we’d been using, the gobbler dropped his strut, stepped out from behind the thicket and rewarded us with a shot.
  • Do nothing. Many times, when a turkey refuses to respond to you, the best thing you can do is to do nothing. The tom may believe the hen has walked away from him and attempt to catch up to her.
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  • Let the turkey walk away from you, when he refuses to come to you, before calling to him once more. 

Tomorrow: Understand Hunting Flying or Silent Turkeys

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  • information about taking turkeys with .410 shotguns.
  • box-call techniques.
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Expert Guidebooks on Turkey Hunting: Best Sellers

Turkey Hunting Tactics
This turkey hunting audiobook has entertaining chapters like: “How to Miss a Turkey”, “Hunting with a Guide”, and “The Turkey and the New York Lady”.

You’ll learn about all the subspecies of turkey across North America, how to use a turkey call, how to scout before turkey season, how to find a turkey to hunt, and what hunting gear you’ll need to put the odds in your favor to take a wily gobbler.


How to Hunt Turkeys with World Champion Preston Pittman
You easily can take a turkey if you don’t make any mistakes, but you have to know what the deadly sins of turkey hunting are to keep you from making those mistakes. If you understand how to hunt a turkey, you’re far more likely to take a gobbler than if you just know how to call a turkey.

Of course, calling is important, and if you want to learn to call a turkey, Preston Pittman will teach you how to call turkeys with box calls, friction calls, diaphragm calls, and other turkey sounds.

You’ll also learn why Preston Pittman once put turkey manure all over his body to kill a tough tom.

When you have turkeys that strut and drum in the middle of a field, when you know there’s no way to get close enough to get a shot, Pittman will show you some weird tactics that have worked for him to help you hunt tough ole toms.

But the main thing you’ll learn in this book is how to become the turkey.

Using what he’s learned while hunting wild turkeys, he’s also become a master woodsman who can take most game, regardless of where he hunts. To learn more secrets about how to be a turkey hunter from one of the world champions of the sport, this turkey-hunting book with Preston Pittman is a must.


The Turkey Hunting Guides’ Bible
The quickest way to learn how to turkey hunt successfully is to either hunt with a turkey hunter with years of experience or a turkey-hunting guide. These two types of turkey hunters have solved most of the problems turkey hunters ever will face. 

Just as one size of shoes won’t fit every person, one style of turkey hunting doesn’t fit each hunter.  Each turkey-hunting guide interviewed for this book has his own style of calling, hunting, and outsmarting turkeys.  

While listening to this book, make a list of the new information you’ve learned, take that list with you during turkey season, and try some of the new tactics. Then you’ll become a more versatile turkey hunter and prove the wisdom from The Turkey Hunting Guides’ Bible.   


Outdoor Life’s Complete Turkey Hunting (2nd Edition)
This Audible book will help you learn how to call turkeys with two of the nation’s best, longtime and well-known turkey callers, Rob Keck, formerly with the National Wild Turkey Federation, and Lovett Williams, a wildlife biologist who recorded wild turkeys giving the calls that you’ll learn how to make on various types of turkey callers.


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