It’s always encouraging to see the number of female hunters rise in the traditionally male-dominated field. More women are getting into deer hunting, so a natural transition would be to introduce them to turkey hunting. Review the tips below for a crash course in the basics of turkey hunting.
You can hunt turkeys from a Banks Outdoors Stump blind just like you do when you’re deer hunting. Set up turkey decoys outside of your Stump blind, like the Stump 3 ‘Scout’, to entice turkeys to the area. You’ll be safely hidden in the blind and can monitor all the activity through the floor to ceiling windows. The windows open silently, so you can wait until the turkeys are approaching before lowering the window. This will allow you to keep sound and scent inside the blind for as long as possible.
Turkeys have impeccable eyesight, so you want to make sure you’re as concealed as possible in the blind. You can use one of our Stealth Screens that has a natural camouflage pattern that will ensure turkeys can’t see in, but you can see out. This will help keep their surveillance in check so that you can remain stealthily hidden.
Use calls to bring turkeys into range, but ease up on the frequency of the calls as the turkeys approach. Because of their heightened eyesight, they’ll be able to tell where the sound is coming from by checking their surroundings.
Hunting turkeys requires a little more precision then hunting a deer. Simply put, you’re dealing with a much smaller target and a much smaller section for vital organs. You want to make sure you’re making clean, ethical shots, just like you would when you’re deer hunting. You want to aim for the top of the wing when they’re facing broadside, the left side of the chest when they’re facing you but turned slightly away, in the middle of the chest when they’re straight on, and the middle of the back when they’re facing away. And though it would be a very unethical shot to aim for a deer’s head, aiming for the head on a turkey results in an ethical harvest. Make sure you are more controlled in your shot than ever when you aim for a turkey. Don’t rush your shot and make sure you’re where you need to be before you release.
Stump blinds can be placed directly on the ground, on a flat grassy surface or nestled among shrubs. This will allow you to be level with the turkeys instead of shooting from above. When you become more comfortable with the shot placement on a turkey, you can elevate your blind and take on the challenge, but for those just starting out, taking your shot from the ground will get you used to the process.
If you’ve been hunting deer for years but are looking for a new challenge, consider hunting turkeys. It will bring a change of pace and will help you hone hunting skills that you can then take back to deer hunting season. Make sure you use calls sparingly, are familiar with the shot placements for turkeys, and adapt to the turkey’s heightened eyesight for turkey hunting success.
Female hunters: have you tried hunting turkeys before? What was it like transitioning from deer hunting to turkey hunting? Have you shared your experience with other female hunters? Male hunters: have you shared your turkey hunting experience with the female hunters you know? Let us know in the comments below!