Flash hunting is a way to squeeze a day’s worth of hunting into a matter of hours when you’re short on time, but the tactic only works if you already know your intended game’s behavior and where to find them. Take a look at the tips below for how to flash hunt turkeys this spring.
What is Flash Hunting
Flash hunting is basically an entire day of hunting condensed into a few steps. To flash hunt, you arrive at the pre-scouted hot spot, use your calls, wait for the wildlife to appear, and take your shot. When flash hunting, you’re not scouting multiple locations or following any trails in hopes that you might spot your intended wild game. Flash hunting only works if you’ve already done the prep-work.
How to Flash Hunt Turkeys
1. Go to Your Pre-Scouted Roosting Sites
To flash hunt a turkey this spring, you should scout potential roosting areas ahead of time. Turkeys gravitate toward wooded areas that are also near a water and/or food source. Much like deer, turkeys don’t like to be too far from their comforts. They will also choose thick trees that can provide them with adequate coverage. Look for dense trees with sturdy branches. Though they like to be protected by thick foliage when they’re roosting in the trees, they need enough room to be able to fly in and out of the trees freely. Because of this, turkeys might choose trees that are near the edge of a clearing or other open space.
Once you’ve identified roosting sites and can pattern where the turkeys will land when they fly down in the morning, you’ll be able to go straight there when you’re ready to flash hunt. Even though the flock you’re tracking might have already moved on from the tree you patterned on your scouting trip or captured on your trail camera, if you hunt soon enough after spotting the flock, they’ll likely still be in the area, close enough to respond to your calls.
2. Settle into Your Stump Blind
If your Stump blind isn’t already set up near the area you’re flash hunting, set your blind far enough away from the area to conceal yourself, but not so far that you’re out of range when you take your shot. Our Stump ‘Scout’ blinds transport easily, so all you have to do is hook the rigid steel hitch to your car, truck, or ATV and you’re ready to go.
3. Use Your Calls
The next important component of flash hunting is calling the turkeys. On all-day hunting trips, you can afford to let things happen a little more naturally and wait out the birds, especially when you’re still in the scouting phase. On flash hunts, because you’ve already identified the area and know that the turkeys should respond, you’ll use your calls immediately. Try to choose your calls based on the makeup of the flock you’ve patterned. If the flock has a lot of hens, try using a yelp call: It’s what hens use when they’re looking for a tom, so the sound will be familiar. If the turkeys haven’t come down from the roost yet and the flock has a lot of toms and jakes, use a fly down cackle. This call will tell the male turkeys that the hens have flown down and they’re clear to do the same.
Flash hunting can be an effective tactic when you’re short on time and have already done a lot of the necessary scouting. When you’ve already identified hot spots and patterned behavior, the only thing left to do is put that knowledge to the test. Try flash hunting turkeys this spring, once you’re confident that you’ve identified the flock’s behavior.
How do you hunt when you’re short on time? Have you flash hunted turkeys before? Let us know in the comments below!