Turkey hunting season is finally here and it’s time to create your roadmap for success. Below are a few tips for making the most out of your turkey hunting trip and your time outdoors. Check out the tips below and learn how our FUEL hydration powder stick packs can help you practice them.
Turkeys can be very vocal. If you can clearly hear the turkeys chatting, they are likely close by. When you know that turkeys are already in the area, you don’t need to call them as aggressively. Turkey calls are designed to bring turkeys to the area, so if you keep calling when they’re near, you run the risk of raising suspicion and scaring them off. If you’re hunting turkeys on foot, you’ll want to be as vigilant as possible to make sure you’re hearing the faintest of turkey calls. Our FUEL Focus packs will help keep your attention sharp and keep you alert during those vital moments. Missing a flash of a turkey feather or a soft gobble can be the difference between harvesting the gobbler and an unfilled tag. Make sure you’re alert and ready to focus on the small details. The Cognizin® in our FUEL Focus packs helps your working memory and concentration: two important things when you’re tracking turkeys.
Turkeys have incredible eyesight. Turkeys can see 270 degrees while we can only see 180. They also have three more photoreceptors than we do. Those two advantage allow them to pick up on the slightest of movements and see a broader spectrum of colors, so you need to make sure that you are carefully concealed when you’re hunting on foot. Using the terrain to your advantage can be incredibly smart, but make sure you’re paying attention to your surroundings as you dodge in and out of bushes and hide behind trees. You want to make sure you have a clear lane to take your shot before you settle in. You’d hate to be perfectly hidden, bird in view, with no clear shot. After all that scouting on foot, you can drink our FUEL Recovery packs to help your muscles recover. The branched-chain amino acids in each serving help promote the muscle healing process and can aid your muscle fatigue and get you back on the trail the next day.
Identify Roosting Spots
Turkeys fly up to roost among the treetops every night and come down from the roost every morning. If you can identify their roosting areas, you can set yourself up near these nests and be waiting when they make their descent. Turkeys will gravitate toward trees that have open space around them as it makes it easier for the flock to fly up to the roost. The turkeys need to be comfortable on the branches all night, so they will likely bed in trees with thick branches that support their weight. Keep in mind that turkeys don’t always use the same tree two nights in a row. It is possible for the flock to repeat a tree two times in a row, but it is not uncommon for flocks to travel between multiple trees in the same area. So, don’t be discouraged if you don’t see your turkeys in the same tree they were in the night before. They are likely nearby, just not in that particular tree.
There are a few turkey hunting tactics to keep in mind as you begin your journey this spring: Keep your ears open, your eyes peeled, and identify roosts for a successful season. When you’re ready to go on your next turkey hunting trip, pack a few of our FUEL products to keep you sharp and ready for the adventure.
What’s your best turkey hunting tip? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!