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Contrary to popular belief you don’t have to be the best turkey caller in the woods to put a wily old Tom in the freezer. I am a terrible turkey hunter, yet I have managed to shoot my fair share of turkeys over the years and most of them with my bow. And why is that? Mainly because I take the time to pattern turkey as I would with deer. Turkey for the most part have a very predictable routine which can be broken down into 6 phases of the day: Morning Roost, Fly Down, Display, breeding, Seeking, Evening Roost
Morning roost: Finding roosting birds in the dark and setting up close to of Just Outside their Fly Down Areas gives you the perfect chance to intercept them.
Display area: look for signs of strutting if you find a large are full of strutting sign you can bet sometime after fly down they will show up here and start putting on a show for the ladies typically this is around 7-9:30am
Breeding: usually the toms will impress at least one or two ladies and will stick close by them as they feed.. So look for areas of heavy feeding sign and hen feathers
Typically when the hens are done Feeding they will head to nest this is when the tom begins Seeking for love somewhere else check water hole and good feeding areas if you find hens still out in a about this is a good place to set up shop and call.
Evening roost: if you cant call that gobbler to come in put him to bed and game plan for the next morning.. Drive roads and get out and gobble or make owl noise to see if you can locate turkeys roosting.