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Spring Turkey Tips

By Bob Humphrey

Eddie Salter
Spring Turkey Tips from Hunter’s Specialties’ Eddie Salter

Hunter’s Specialties pro-staffer Eddie Salter has some spring turkey tips for Buckmasters fans.

Q: “Eddie, spring turkey season is almost here. Can you give our site visitors a few pointers?”
A: “Sometimes people get the idea that the morning hunt is over after the first hour or hour and a half. This just isn’t true. If you are not successful early, be patient and listen. If that old gobbler is with some hens, he may start gobbling again later in the morning and you can call him in. If you are in a state that allows all day hunting, don’t overlook the afternoon when the hens have left to go lay their eggs.”

Q: “We all make mistakes. What is one of the most common mistakes hunters make?”
A: “Hiding too well in your set up. If you are hidden to the point that you can’t easily swing your gun for a shot, or can’t see the approaching gobbler, you will miss a lot of opportunities to take a bird. Use good camouflage and depend on it to hide you.”

Q: “What about calling?”
“Learn to use multiple turkey calls. Don’t depend on just one. Each turkey may react differently from one call to another. The same bird may like a different call on any given day.”

Q: “I’m a big proponent of decoys. Do you use decoys?”
“Decoys can be very beneficial, especially if you are hunting around fields. The gobbler hears calling and expects to see a hen when he is coming in. I like to use two hens and a jake. A dominant bird will often come running when he thinks a jake may be breeding hens.”

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Q: “How do you react if you go out and don’t hear any gobbling?”
“On silent or bad weather days I will go where I have seen or worked turkeys in the past. It is a good time to set up a blind and make an occasional call. If turkeys frequent the area, they will more than likely come by. Another tactic if you have plenty of ground is to keep moving, or ‘run and gun’. Keep a close eye out for birds, especially in fields and openings.”

Q: “How about some tips on where people can go to learn more?”
“They can visit our website at and go to the ‘Ask the Pros’ section.”

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