Hunters should follow a few basic rules of thumb when it comes to turkey hunting: be safe, don’t intrude, and call strategically. We know you’re eager to get back into your Stump blind and turkey season is a great reason to do that. If you follow the basic turkey hunting etiquette tips below, you’ll spend a season in your Stump blind comfortably and ethically hunting gobblers.
Respect Other Hunters’ Space
It’s a good rule of thumb to always respect another hunter’s space. If you approach the area that you had intended on hunting that day to find someone else already set up in the spot you’d envisioned, move on. Don’t try to challenge the other hunter by setting up in the same area. If you set up in the same area, you’ll be competing over the same birds and that goes against hunting etiquette. It is also incredibly dangerous to be in the path of another hunter. Our Stump blinds, like the Stump 4, are easy to transport, so you should have no problem choosing another location. Simply drive your blind to another spot that will bring just as much activity, put up some Stealth Screens in the windows, and wait for the turkeys to roll in.
Never Hunt on Private Land Without Permission
Make sure you have clear permission from the homeowner before you begin hunting on private property, otherwise it’s trespassing. Don’t be afraid to knock on the door and introduce yourself. Make sure you’re paying your visit at a reasonable time of day and that you are prepared to give them a business card or provide them with your contact information. Explain that you are looking to ethically hunt turkeys on their property and explain the process if they are not hunters themselves. Let them know that you’d like to set up a blind and ask them if you have permission to leave it there for the duration of the turkey season. If you start your hunt on public land and track a turkey onto private land, you still need to ask for permission before continuing your pursuit. If you are not comfortable speaking to the homeowner in-person, write them a letter.
Don’t Overuse Your Calls
Turkey calls can be a very effective way to draw a turkey to your setup, but they can be overused. Pick up your calling frequency when you know turkeys are nearby, but when you hear the coveted answer to your turkey calls, let the turkey come to you on its own. Getting too aggressive with your calls might confuse the turkey, so do it only until they respond.
Turkey hunting can be a slow and methodical experience but be patient. Don’t let your hunger for a gobbler cause you to make poor decisions. Our Stump blinds are spacious and provide enough room to lay down and take a break. If you want to be in it for the long-haul, bring a sleeping bag and stretch out in the blind. Taking the break will refocus your mind and rejuvenate your body for the rest of the day. Take advantage of all the room in the Stump blind and make it as comfortable as possible.
When turkey hunting, it’s important to respect your fellow hunters, always ask permission, use calls sparingly, and practice patience. If you follow those four etiquette tips, you’ll enjoy a successful turkey season and another season with your Stump blind.
What turkey hunting etiquette rules do you follow? Let us know in the comments below!