If you can try to make it out until the sun raises, you can see the turkeys getting from the trees and see where they’re heading and try to make it out when the birds are getting ready to roost. Seeing the turkeys for these few weeks gives you the ideal spot to place your blind or where you would like to sit on the ground. Should you wind up walking out to where you might want to sit make certain to clear away all the leaves and branches, so once you do go out you will not have all this noise.
Second tip, making sure you are wearing the right clothing. Some people think sitting in a blind means they can wear whatever dark clothing they want but that is not the case. You want to be certain you’re wearing the right camouflage that suits the foliage around you. When wearing dark clothing from the blind you create a shadow figure when you have the windows opened. I know some of you are thinking you don’t have the windows wide open but even once you have them half way opened, there is enough light to create a shadow of you and the turkeys can see that should they look into the blind. Plus wearing camouflage provides you the option to hunt in the blind or on the ground.
Third tip, having some turkey decoys to sit out is really helpful. Some hunters want the top of the line turkey decoys but you do not want top of the line decoys, just ones that are realistic looking. Some may ask how many decoys would you set out, well that’s up to you. Some hunters will put out 2 to 4 hens using a jack decoy or a complete strutting tom. Having a jack or tom decoy helps draw in a jack or tom since they don’t want that other bird getting the hens. But ultimately putting out the turkey decoys how you want is what’s important.
The final tip. Using the ideal turkey calls. There are 5 different types of turkey calls and they are the push button call, box telephone, friction/slate call, diaphragms/mouth call and locator. Push button calls create a realistic yelps, clucks and purrs with an easy push of a button. Box calls are flexible, great sounding and comparatively simple to use. Friction/slate calls are known for their realistic high-pitched sounds that carry well over distance. Diaphragms/mouth calls permit hunters to generate soft clucks and purrs that can reach high frequencies. They serve as great long range calls. The locator call does exactly what the name says, it finds where the gobblers are. All of these calls are great and will take some practice. But in the long run you use what will work best for you.
Now that you have the basics for turkey hunting, get out there and begin scouting and practicing on these calls. Turkey season will be here before you know it or is already going on. As always be safe and good luck.