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Hunting Wild Turkey More Than Just a Wild Goose Chase by snoopdoggywuf


Hunting Wild Turkey: More Than Just a Wild Goose Chase

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Turkey hunting is one of the most enjoyable and the fastest growing forms
of hunting today. The most successful turkey hunters use different
techniques just to locate a bird.

turkey, hunting

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Turkey hunting is one of the most enjoyable and the fastest growing forms
of hunting today. The most successful turkey hunters use different
techniques just to locate a bird. Many techniques are applied and each
turkey hunter would swear by their methods.

There are certain truths though that most hunters will agree upon. Some
of them are obvious enough, like, being in a camouflage helps hunters
stay hidden within gun range. Or movement is the supreme enemy of the
turkey hunters. Much more than this, practicing makes your skills as a
turkey hunter better. And the excitement of the turkey hunt will hone the
hunter’s alertness.

Like any sport, there are certain rules and regulations one must follow,
here are some rules you need to remember:

• You will need a turkey hunting permit and a small game hunting license
- it is required when hunting wild turkeys. You can only buy one turkey
permit each year. If you have filled your limit, you may call for another
turkey hunter but you can never bring any fire arm or even a bow.

• Using rifles and hand guns are not allowed. You can only hunt using
your bow and arrow, shot guns with shot sizes no larger than number two
or smaller than number eight. These are the only weapons for catching
wild turkeys.

• And you must fill out the tag which only comes with your permit and
attach it to the turkey you shoot straight away.

• Do not disturb hen turkeys or their nests.

• Searching with a dog during spring is not permitted. But you may hunt
with it during the fall season.

• You must not use any intensifying device to locate or hunt turkeys
during open seasons.

Here are also some tips for a successful and safe turkey hunting season:
• If you will leave your gear and your turkey with another person, make
sure to leave the following information for emergency purposes.

1.   your name
2.   your phone number
3.   your address
4.   your license hunting number
5.   your turkey permit number
6.   the 3rd party's name
7.   the 3rd party's address
8.   if necessary, your veterinarian’s name too
9.   his or her contact number

• Look for signs of recent wild turkey activities. Locate appropriate
calling locations. These signs includes tracks and droppings. Droppings
offer positive data that wild turkeys are located in that area. It also
indicates the bird’s sex. For gobblers, they have j-shaped, elongated
droppings and hair-like feathers known as the beard extended from the
breast. The beard is normally three to ten inches long. Most of them have
spurs on the lower legs. Beard and spur length tend to increase with age.
Some hens also have the beard but only 10 percent of their population
contain it. Their head in general are dull gray-blue color, with pink and
red coloration. Their breast feathers have a buff or white tip giving the
hen it’s attractive and eye catching color.

• Turkeys possess a strong sense of hearing and sharp vision. You should
remain unmoving while calling them. A camouflage outfit is also
recommended in this kind of hunting hobby. Even hunters wrap their
shotguns in camouflage to prevent gun barrel from being detected through
their shiny metal.

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