Turkey Hunting Secrets
|If you are a beginning or intermediate turkey hunter, you may have found out that itís harder than it seems. The turkey out in the wild, despite itís name, is a challenging bird for someone to pursue and hunt. It may have a funny name, but the turkey has a surprising intelligence and keen eyesight. It is extremely hard to get close to and sneak up on a turkey and can take years for a hunter to develop the skills it takes to perform this difficult task. But you can greatly increase your odds in turkey hunting by giving yourself the advantage with a superior camouflage. This decreases the visibility for the turkeys and allows the hunter to get in close enough to make a shot.|
The ghillie suit, a form of camouflage that was created over a hundred and fifty years ago in the highlands of Scotland, remains the most effective form of camouflage available for the individual out in the field. It is a suit that you can put over your regular clothes to radically change your appearance and greatly decrease your visibility to game out in the field. Ghillie suits work by having pieces of materials of jute and burlap hanging down all over the suit. This breaks up the pattern and form of the human wearer and makes them blend in to their natural surroundings. Ghillie camo can be so effective that it is possible for game to come right up to a hunter that is being perfectly still.
The ghillie suit helps turkey hunters by breaking up human patterns and confusing the turkeyís keen sense of sight. In order for someone to successfully hunt a turkey, they must get within a range to have a quick kill shot to prevent a wounded turkey from scurrying off in the woods. A hunter stalking the birds can close this distance between themselves and a rafter of turkeys by moving slowly and staying low to the ground.
It is best to try and find turkeys in the evening as they are preparing to roost. It is extremely difficult to sneak up on a turkey. In fact, if you see a turkey in the field thereís a good chance itís already seen you. In addition to being able to see a great distance, they also have a broad range to their eyesight as well, making it difficult to sneak up to them from behind. A gang of turkeys will often face each other in circles to cover all sides of the field and prevent predators from sneaking up on them.
Staying in one place and waiting in a heavily populated turkey area can be a somewhat slow process that requires a lot of time being really still. And thereís always a chance that a group of wary gobblers will see you as soon as you move and be on the retreat before you get the chance to put a good shot in. It is possible to get within range of a gang of turkeys, but it takes patience and skill. With a good rifle, a ghillie suit, and an effective turkey call you should be able to outsmart those turkeys once and for all.