| To locate a turkey when hunting you first have to understand its habits no matter what time of year it is. A good pair of binoculars and a bit of steatlhy scouting is necessary to locate a turkey and where you find one you will find more. Just remember they have very good eye-sight and will disappear before you even know that they were there, if they see you first, as is the case with most potential turkey hunters.|
A turkey has very good eye sight even the slightest movement or light reflection from a moving shotgun will put a wary tom to flight. Camo for hunter and gun alike is a very essential part of turkey hunting and highly recommended.
Once you have located the birds you have to choose a set-up to conceal you from the birds. Always mark your set-up with some type of orange tape or ribbon so that other turkey hunters in the area are aware of your location. If your set-up has you looking in only one direction, make sure that you have a large tree if possible at your back. A turkey could be called in by you that comes in from behind you, you may not see this bird but some other hunter might.
A turkey has monocular vision, this can be attributed to their eyes being set on both sides of their head with a 300 degree viewing area. This allows them to view almost all of their surroundings without moving their head. For the turkey hunter, concealment is one of the most vital aspects of turkey hunting, using a turkey blind is an excellent way to be concealed from your quary.
Turkey decoys work extremely well on birds that are hard hunted often coaxing in the wariest of toms. The more realistic the decoy looks the better it will work. If you use a jake in your turkey decoy mix, position it closest to you as any big tom will confront the jake to drive it away from the hens. Most likely the shot you will take is going to be right at the decoys, so make sure the decoys are set where your shotgun is most effective for your choke and shotshell combination.
A gobbler can hear your calls and locate you from about a hundred yards away. At daybreak, when turkeys first come off the roost, use your call and do some cutting notes. Keep it brief, six seconds at most. Then make four or five yelping notes and wait approximately 20 minutes or so, then yelp a few more notes. Repeat this process approximately every twenty to thirty minutes for up to 2 hours.
A real good calling strategy that I use all the time is to use multiple calls made of different materials. This changes the pitch of your calls not sounding like one lone turkey more like several turkeys this allows me to call more often and usually its not long before turkeys start showing up. Wooden box calls and slate calls are my favorites.