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Turkey Hunt the Same Properties Yearly Day 5: Hunt Afternoon Turkeys Without Decoys

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Editor’s Note: Calvin Perryman from Troy, Alabama, has hunted many hardwood bottoms and upland pine stands for 25 years for gobblers, primarily on family lands in the Black Belt in Wilcox, Dallas and Butler counties in south Alabama. Much of south Alabama never has had a closed season for turkey hunting. Even during the Great Depression of the 1930s, turkeys were revered there. Many large landowners protected their turkey flocks, so that they could hunt them in the spring and the fall. Also, that section of the U.S. had quality habitat for turkeys. Today many of the landowners around where Perryman lives and hunts do intensive predator control, which positively impacts turkeys, their eggs and their poults. That’s why hunters around this place are so effective in taking turkeys.

“In Alabama you can hunt gobblers in the afternoons,” Calvin Perryman says. “I was out driving around, looking for turkeys in a field that I planned to hunt the next morning. When I saw a gobbler with some hens out in a field, I decided to go after him, since I had all my turkey-hunting gear with me. I parked my car where the turkey couldn’t see it, slipped into the woods and set-up about 200-yards from the gobbler and his hens. I yelped, and the turkey gobbled.

Turkey hunter with her trophy and a turkey

“But I realized he wasn’t in the same place he’d been when I’d seen him with my binoculars. He was in the woods on the other side of the field from where I’d spotted him from the road. I knew the turkey couldn’t see me, due to all the thick brush. I used that thick brush to cover my movements, until I reached the edge of the field. I got set-up, and the turkey gobbled a couple more times after I yelped.

“I know many hunters would have set-up decoys on the edge of that field to give the gobbler what he thought to be other turkeys to look at once he started to come in to where I was. I’ve seen decoys work sometimes. However, I’ve also seen decoys spook numbers of turkeys. I realize a strutting decoy will pull in an older-age gobbler like the one I was hunting. However, often if you put out a big strutting decoy, and you’re working 2-year-old birds, generally, they’ll run from a strutting decoy. Also, I don’t use decoys, because I don’t want to carry any-more gear than I have to when I go turkey hunting.

“When this big gobbler was at 40 yards, I squeezed the trigger on my 20 gauge, and the big tom bit the dust. That gobbler had 1-1/2 inch spurs and was an old gobbler. Maybe a big strutting decoy could have brought him to within gun range. However, since he had hens with him, he may have led those hens away from a strutting decoy. So, because I don’t always know whether I’m calling in young gobblers or old gobblers, I just prefer not to use decoys.”

Calvin Perryman has proved that hunting the same places each year can pay off in turkey dividends.

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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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