Turkey season is getting closer. Some southern states begin within the next few weeks and despite the four feet of snow we have here in my home state, just the thought of a gobble shakes my veins a bit.
Only once in a great while will a turkey hunt go as planned. Some may have a little more luck or even skill than others, and if you are in this category, congratulations. For the rest of us, we duke things out with these thunder chickens over and over until we exemplify the word, insane. Now regardless of your skill or luck , every turkey hunter has played a late morning bird. Many seasoned turkey hunters have told me they prefer late morning into the early afternoon for pulling a mature gobbler in range. My father taught me one of the greatest lessons about turkey hunting by returning to the spot of the gobble late in the morning. He demonstrated this technique by tagging a large late morning gobbler in front of my youthful eyes. In the years since, I myself have used this technique successfully.
Why is returning to the spot of the gobble so effective? Simple, the turkey cycle. Now this isn’t always specific or set in stone, but generally speaking, the hens break away from the gobbler late in the morning or early afternoon to incubate their nests. Think back when your girlfriend or boyfriend broke up with you. Where do you go? Back to the last person who was nice to you. To make a bit of a comparison, gobblers do remember where they last heard a lone hen, and circle back to find company. Ask any turkey hunter, no other hens to compete with, all alone, a lonely gobbler is far easier to deal with.
So instead of packing up for the morning to grab breakfast, head back to the last place you heard a gobble, and get ready for the late show.