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Why Spring Is the Perfect Time to Get Kids Outdoors!

Spring Youth Hunting and Outdoor Opportunities

 

Spring time is upon us, and it is a great time to share the outdoors with young outdoorsmen and women.  Spring is youth hunting and outdoor season, and a perfect opportunity to introduce young men and ladies to the outdoors.  There are many opportunities to spend quality time with youth in the spring of the year.  Many states conduct youth turkey seasons, and special youth only draw turkey hunts.  Working on food plot and stand strategies for next fall is a great opportunity to get young folks involved in the outdoors and next fall’s hunt.  Introducing and developing young archers and marksmen is a great springtime activity to help young men and ladies develop hunting skills.

Spring brings with it mild days and cool nights.  The daylight hours lengthen and offer some of the best conditions of the year to enjoy the outdoors.  These ideal conditions lend themselves to introducing young people to outdoor activities, or developing youth that has already begun their outdoor journey.  Spring is youth season and a terrific opportunity.

 

Youth Turkey Season

 

Turkey season and youth hunting is often the first thing that comes to mind when outdoorsmen and women think of spring.  The same can be said for young outdoorsmen and women.  All across the nation states host youth only turkey seasons, and youth only special draw turkey hunts.  Turkey hunting for young men and women is a great introduction to the outdoors and the sport of hunting.  Here is a list of some of the best locations for a great youth spring turkey hunt.  Mild temperatures and fast action that turkey hunting is so famous for are prime for young people wanting a heart-pounding introduction to the outdoors.  For many hunters, spring means turkey season, spring can also be youth season.  The sound of a tom gobbling in a stand of hardwoods echoing down a spring creek lined with green grass leaves an impression.  A young hunter armed with a simple push – pull hen call, or a small box call can easily trigger a spring gobbler to sound off and leave a lasting memory in the heart and mind of a new hunter.  A few key tactics like hunting from a blind, the use of decoys and locating the roost ahead of the hunt can play huge dividends in making a turkey hunt enjoyable for a youngster.

 

 

 

Spring Outdoor Chores

 

A great activity to share with youth in the spring is work on food plots and stand strategies for next fall.  The time spent in the deer woods in the spring and summer is much more low key.  Noise and scent are much less of an issue this time of year, and it is a great opportunity to introduce young people to the outdoors.  Spring is youth season, and youth cherish opportunities to learn and grow outside.  The deer woods and food plots are a terrific place to help a young outdoorsman or outdoorswoman develop a love for deer hunting and the outdoors.  Putting a seed in the ground and watching it grow is something magical that leaves a lasting impression.  Coming back to a food plot after seeds are germinated and growing, and wildlife is using and feeding on the forage a youngster help to establish is fascinating.  Playing a critical role in the management and nutrition of the game animals is an amazing accomplishment that young people are happy to be apart of.

 

 

Offseason To-Do’s

 

Youth can also play a role in the planning and selection of stand and blind locations for next fall’s hunts.  Working outdoors in the spring cutting trails, trimming shooting lanes and considering wind direction and food plots for next fall is great practice and an opportunity to learn a skill set for young hunters.  Spring is youth season, and young people appreciate investing themselves and applying themselves.  Working outdoors to develop next season’s hunting setup this spring is a perfect opportunity to involve youth in hunting and the outdoors.

 

Get Them More Acquainted to Equipment

 

Spring is also a perfect time for young men and women to practice their marksmanship, and allow them to get more acquainted to equipment. The mild days and longer daylight hours provide a great opportunity for youth to practice their shooting skills.  There are many products on the market for young men and women to develop the expertise with a rifle or bow.  Time spent at a safe range with a qualified instructor developing safe practices and accuracy in the spring can go a long way in developing marksmen.  Spring is youth season, and youth developing their archery skills is a great spring pastime.  Developing muscle memory with a bow and range estimating skills can often come as second nature to a youngster.  Practicing correct form and repetition with a quality youth bow provides young archers with accuracy and confidence for their first hunts.  The mild days of spring spent at the range with young people learning to sharpen their marksmanship is time well spent.

 

 

 

The spring season brings many opportunities with it to enjoy the outdoors.  Developing the sportsman and sportswoman of tomorrow can get a head start this spring.  Spring is youth season and a great time to get outdoors with a young person and pass along generations of outdoor tradition.

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How to Locate Turkeys in the Spring

How to Locate Turkeys | Tips and Gear for Turkey Hunters

 

 

Locating turkeys is half the battle of hunting them.  Some days they are plentiful, other days it seems like you can wear out a pair of boots just trying to find a feather.  There are many tricks to the trade to find one of these giant birds.  Cameras, glassing, calls; it is the ritual of springtime to hunt these birds and the thunder they emit keeps us coming back for more year after year.  Taking the time to plan to locate birds will greatly increase your chances of success and overall enjoyment in turkey hunting this spring.

Roosted is not roasted.  However, locating turkeys the evening before your morning hunt drastically increases the chances you have of closing the distance on your target gobbler.  Knowing where they are on the roost the night before allows you the chance to strategize from multiple angles on how and where to make your plan of attack under the bleeding rays of first light.  Locating turkeys is possible in various ways and with a variety of different calls.  Provoking a mature tom to give away his position can be the difference between success and tag soup.

Shock gobbling is a common term used in turkey camps across the country.  The term is used since it is an act of forcing a turkey to instinctually gobble because of a loud sound.  These loud sounds can be anything from the slam of a truck door, a clap of thunder, a crow caw, a coyote howl or fox bark or most famously, an owl hoot.  Shocking birds into gobbling is most well known as a pre-dawn and last light tactic when the birds are sitting on their roost.  When they are sitting on the roost, gobblers tend to be more vocal since they are safe from predators and because they are trying to find the rest of the flock. Timing is everything.  In the evenings wait to shock gobble turkeys until the last half hour of daylight. In the mornings, about half hour before shooting light is a perfect time to fire off a locating call.

Setting up on a good listening vantage point is the first key.  Being able to audibly survey lots of ground from a place where you likely won’t spook birds from their roost is where you need to start.  High grounds, vistas, ridge lines and field corners within 200 yards of potential roosting trees should give you enough of a vantage point to let sound travel.  In mountainous terrain, sound can be blocked by changes in the landscape.  Having a circuit of listening points in hilly terrain to be able to call into individual valleys and hollows give you the chance to hear birds shock gobbling to your locating calls.

Owl Calls

When we think of locating calls to shock gobble turkeys traditionally hunters have used an owl call.  An owl hoot produces the long range sound waves needed to shock a turkey into gobbling.  Primos offers an easy–to–use owl hoot called the Shock’N Owl.   This custom hardwood owl call gives you the ability to produce different pitch owl sounds through the removable barrel.  Whether you are on the hunt or are scouting for birds, the Shock’N Owl is a simple part of your call pouch that should not be left at home.

If you do not have an owl call, fear not.  There is a way to produce deep and long range owl sounds by just using your hands. First, hold your left hand up and flat but with no spaces in between your fingers.  Second, take your right-hand cup your hand and lay your pinky along the crease where your left fingers meet the palm. Lay your fingers over the top of your right hand and bring your thumbs together to make an echo chamber?  Did you ever call mourning doves as a kid?  This is the same concept, but instead of using your left hand to make sound waves of a mourning dove, put your lips underneath the knuckles of your thumbs and blow directly downward in a controlled and strong breath of air.  With practice, you can mimic the booming vocals of an owl and crush the distant ridge lines with sound to hopeful make a bird give away his position.

Crow Calls

In the middle of the morning or afternoon when the gobbling has fallen silent the turkey woods may be one of the loneliest places in the world.  No matter how sweet you sound on those calls or how good those decoys look, sometimes the birds just don’t want to give away their position.  Shock gobbling turkeys in the middle of the day is one method for locating them when you are hiking ridges.  This is usually done with a crow call.

The powerful short blasts of a crow have long been known to draw a response from a wild tom.  Next to your diaphragms, slate calls and shotgun, you will want to have a crow call in your vest. The Primos Power Crow is a simple crow call able to withstand the powerful blasts of breath producing the cawing sound of a soaring crow. If you know the area you are hunting well enough to understand the daily route of the birds, get out in front of where you think they might be headed, give three short blasts on your crow call and wait. If a bird does not respond quickly, keep moving as shooting hours are ticking by.

Trail Cameras

Trail cameras are most often associated with locating deer.  Trail cameras are a great tool for locating turkeys to give you their average travel times through an area.  The Truth Series of cameras from Primos are simple and easy to set up over a known strutting zone to help you dial in the exact times of day they are passing through.  Knowledge is power when locating turkeys in the middle of the day.  Cameras can also be set to time lapse mode to take reoccurring photos of large areas like fields to give you an idea if an area is being used at all.  Make sure to keep the camera at a slightly lower height on the tree when you set it up in order to not be taking photos of birds over their heads.

Glassing

If calls are not working to rouse up a gobble, glassing is the next best bet for locating a turkey. A good pair of Nikon Prostaff 8×42 Binoculars are more than sufficient to cover fields and locate turkeys. However, if you are driving roads it wouldn’t hurt to pack a quality spotting scope to be able to identify birds across big fields. The Nikon Prostaff 16-48x60mm Field Scope gives you greater detail and long-range viewing capability.  While there may not be anything you can do about a gobbler strutting in the middle of a field, but keeping an eye on where he re-enters the woods is a great way to plan for future hunts.

When locating a turkey’s pattern through using cameras and glassing it can be easy to make a plan for a ground blind and ambush a mature gobbler.  The Double Bull family of blinds are perfect for hunting turkeys since the interiors are black and the canvas used to create the blinds have no wind flaps. These blinds are like sitting in the Taj Mahal for a morning of hunting. Just remember to have a trigger stick and the QS3 Magnum seat to stay comfortable and steady for the shot.  This seat is specifically designed for the Primos family of blinds since they are the same height as the openings.  The perfect seat for both bow hunting and gun hunting for turkeys.

Go Back

If the woods have fallen silent, head back to the last place you heard a turkey gobble and set up to call.  Often times this is a great way to locate a turkey as they are also circling back to the last place they heard hens since they are alone in the late morning and afternoon.  Sometimes the wait is short, other times it can last well into the afternoon hours.  Especially late in the season when most of the hens have been bred this can be the ticket to success. However, toms are known to head back to the last place they heard a hen late in the morning and through the afternoon. Take a single hen decoy like the Primos Gobbstopper Hen and set up in a location of great visibility. Loud raspy yelps from the Hook Series of diaphragm calls can reach farther than most pot calls letting that gobbler know you are back in the area.  If he responds it is likely he will be lonely and looking for love.  So get down on your gun and don’t peak since he will come in hot.

 

Learning how to locate turkeys and locating gobblers can be maddening. You might go days at a time without hearing a bird which can drain your patience for staying in the woods.   The challenge of finding a mature gobbler takes time and effort but makes touching that trigger on a sunny spring morning worth the frustration which comes with hunting turkeys.

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3 Things You Need When Bow Hunting Turkeys

Bow Hunting Turkeys | Turkey Gear Tips

Bow hunting turkeys adds another challenge to the often times difficult feat of harvesting a spring tom. Most hunters know the number one reason why bow hunting turkeys is so difficult…the draw. A turkey’s eyesight is its best defense, and a hunter drawing a bow back is more than enough movement to spook a bird. In the face of a challenge, a solution usually reveals itself. Bow hunters pursuing spring turkeys now use specific turkey hunting gear that makes this challenge a bit easier with a lot higher success rate. Watch the video below to see the top three things a bow hunter needs when bow hunting turkeys!

Three Things You Need When Bow Hunting Turkeys

 

Turkey Hunting Gear for Bow Hunters

When bow hunting turkeys, these items are an absolute necessity! Each piece plays a critical role in the success of your hunt and without one, the other items and your hunt might render useless.

bow hunting turkey tips Raised HuntingTurkey Hunting Decoys

Most of the time, a multiple decoy setup will create the ideal turkey decoy setup to bring in toms. However, adding extra elements of realism to the setup increases the attraction to a bird that might potentially hang up out of range. The Primos B-Mobile™ turkey decoy offers an aggressive reaction with the addition of movement! This paired with realistic hen decoys creates the ideal setup to bring a tom within range for a bow shot.

bow hunting turkey tips Raised HuntingTurkey Hunting Blind

Again, the hardest thing about turkey hunting with a bow is the point in the hunt where the hunter must draw back. The keen eyesight of a tom, especially with multiple birds is covering that draw up. A spacious ground blind with plenty of room and cover, combined with a black shirt, hat, and facemask will allow you to become invisible to a turkey.

Other key features to look for when searching for a blind to hunt out of would be the ground blinds function on the hunt. A quite, light, and easy to set up blind creates an ideal scenario when turkey hunting.

bow hunting turkey tips turkey call Raised HuntingTurkey Calls

Whether you favor turkey mouth calls, pot calls, or box calls, having a turkey call that you can effectively simulate a seductive hen with is perhaps the most important piece of turkey hunting gear you can have. Your turkey calling does not have to be perfect by any means, if you can at least get the correct cadence down, your turkey decoy setup should do the rest!

If you plan on walking into the turkey woods this spring with a compound bow in hand, remember to bring these three things with you. A turkey blind, turkey decoy, and turkey call all work together to optimize your chance for success when bow hunting turkeys this spring.