Putting in the prep-work for turkey hunting season is important to your success. There are some basic pre-season items you can check off your list right now and for a couple of them, you can use your Stump blind while you do it. Here are five things you can do to prep for the upcoming spring turkey hunting season:
Observe the Flock
Before you begin turkey hunting, it’s important to know the make-up of your flock. You should know if the flock is heavily female or male, just like you do with your deer herd. Set up trail cameras to catch turkeys going up to roost or foraging on the ground. If you’re eager to get back in your Stump blind, you can do some investigative work from there. Stake out under the cover and comfort of your Stump blind and observe the turkeys in action.
Prep Your Stump Blind
Turkeys have impeccable 270-degree periscopic vision compared to a human’s 180-degree eyesight, so the concealment our Stump blinds provide are a huge benefit. Our Stump blinds are designed to blend into the natural landscape, but you can add an extra layer by adding our Stealth Screen to your windows. They feature a picture of actual branches and leaves, not just a camouflage pattern, so you should remain as concealed as possible.
Set Up Your Decoys
Turkey decoys produce the most results when they are set up in realistic, natural positions. If the decoys arouse suspicion from the flock, then they won’t even bother to investigate any further. The decoys should replicate recognizable interactions that turkeys would normally make during spring. Use strong, strutting tom decoys if you know that there are lots of tom turkeys in the flock. The other toms and some bold jakes will be intrigued by the challenge and should be interested in the potential fight. If your flock has a lot of young jakes, the strutting tom decoys might intimidate them too heavily and discourage them from coming closer.
Practice Your Shot
You can get back in your Stump blind faster by practicing your shot from the Stump blind. The technique for turkey shot placement is different than it is for a deer, so you’ll want to make sure your skills are sharp when the time comes. Turkeys have a much smaller vital area than deer, so your target is smaller. If you’re hunting from a Stump blind that’s positioned on the ground, like the Stump 4 ‘Scout’, you’ll have a horizontal angle and can wait until the turkeys come right up to your blind. If you’re hunting from an elevated blind you’ll need to make sure you can land the shot from an angle. Practice with a 3D target to make sure you’re on the mark.
Practice Your Calls
While calls aren’t strictly necessary to hunt turkeys, they can be a huge help if done properly. Make sure you know how to use your calls like a pot call, box call, yelp, purr, cluck and gobble. Each call produces a different intensity, so keep the information you’ve learned about your flock in mind. You don’t want to intimidate any timid turkeys with your calls.
You can begin prepping for turkey hunting season before you hear the first gobble. It’s a good idea to prep your blind, observe your flock, set up your decoys, and practice your techniques before the season opens. Making sure you’re prepared and using your Stump blind to your advantage will help set you up for a successful turkey season.
Do you turkey hunt? What steps do you take to ensure a successful turkey hunting season? Let us know in the comments below!