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This will be my first year to chase the bird. I mostly hunt whitetail and fish. I was told those turkeys get your heart pumping so I am ready to go. If there were a few simple tips you could share with a newbie hunter what would they be? Thanks in advance.
 

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Pro's a big word....no one ever becomes a pro turkey hunter.

First thing is to learn to sit still.....you can't look around like you're deer hunting.

My wife goes with me some in the fall turkey hunting I fuss at her for moving....she claims I move more than she does.....problem is I know when and how to move.
 

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+1 TC .. don't move if u think it's "time to move" wait a good 30min b4 ya move.. concealment is everything, and getting in b/t where the bird is and where he wants to go.. calling is a little bit of success too.. know ur terrain !!
 

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Thank you for the info. Your right hunting is never like what you see on tv. I have been told they are one of the hardest wildgame animals to hunt in mississippi and I would love the challenge. Ive seen many birds deer hunting this year in this one tree they were roosting in so one question is will they use the same trees all year and how close should I set up to where the birds are roosting the morning I hunt?
 

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TurkeyComander said:
Pro's a big word....no one ever becomes a pro turkey hunter.

First thing is to learn to sit still.....you can't look around like you're deer hunting.

My wife goes with me some in the fall turkey hunting I fuss at her for moving....she claims I move more than she does.....problem is I know when and how to move.
that makes a big difference. A turkey might have might good sight, but he still can't see through a tree or a hill. I didn't have anybody to teach me how to turkey hunt, but I always heard and read how still you had to be "at all times". You want to talk about miserable until I figured it out a little bit. Thats why I like to hunt when the leaves are dry and setup in a place where he can't see me before I can hear him
 

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welcome to the brotherhood treeclimber and you will soon be hopelessly addicted to chasing the thunder chicken. Like TC said you got to be still. I have sat for 3 hours after my last call waiting on a bird to close the distance so patience is your number 1 weapon against an old tom. you can call one time to a gobbler and he will know your exact position within a couple feet so don't feel like you need to call a bunch to let him know your location cause he has known it since your first call. This being said don't be scared to move cause many times changing set-ups will be the difference in the outcome of the hunt but you will learn when and how to move with experience. Always remember your changing the natural breeding process of a turkey cause the hen is supposed to go to him so don't get discouraged when he doesn't want to work into your plans.
 

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Most important thing to remember....patience.  There's no telling how many more birds I would have killed if I would have sat still another 20-30 minutes.
 

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Dont be afraid to get aggressive and RUN and GUN.... turkeys are just like us when it comes to LOVE, we enjoy a good challenge most of the time but every once in awhile you like the roll to reverse...
 

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Learn basic calls with a slate or box caller. The yelp, purr, cluck, to start with. Get you a dvd of real turkey sounds and try do what they are doing most come with instruction. You don't have to call to them as much as people think. Pay attention to what is going around you in the woods, be attenative. It takes some time but you learn more by bumping your head than anyone can tell you. You bump your head and I promise you will learn to duck.

Oh and if you have a wife and it really getts in your blood i hope she is a understanding woman...It is a widow maker.
 

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Thanks for the advice guys. Im pumped up and ready to hear my first early morning gobble. Good luck to you all this spring.
 

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Since you are a newbie, you will probably limit out in the first three days of season.....
Its folks that have been hunting them a while that get handed the humble pie the most.
 

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Patience is a virtue.sometimes less is more when it comes to callin.And
enjoy every hunt like it's your last,wether u kill one or not.
 

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Patience is a virtue.sometimes less is more when it comes to callin.And
enjoy every hunt like it's your last,wether u kill one or not.
 

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When you think it is time to go and the turkey is gone sit 20 more minutes !! Less calling is always better. Dont forget your thermocell. You can never have to many calls! If you can get him to gobble after 10 A.M. than the bird is ussually yours!! Good luck. No matter what you read you will gain most of your knowledge the hard way, Trial and Error
 

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Well I cant give you any adv. but I can say this will be my 3rd year havent killed one yet but have had some great hunts called in 3 jakes and I bet they walked 10 yrds from me, hens a good long beard just out of range and wouldnt cross the creak but he strutted about 60 yards from me for a good 45 min and yes the heart does get pumping so all I can say is you will be hooked and like all hunting you will have bad hunts and good ones but as we all say a bad day of hunting is better that a good day at work oh sorry for makeing it so long lol
 

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Just killing a bird is not the hook that gets you. I killed a gobbler my second day of hunting almost twenty years ago(yeah, even a blind hog...)
However, the first time I heard a turkey gobble before daylight did me in. These guys have great advice to kill turkeys. I use these tactics too. But man, when that thunder chicken does what he is supposed to do and you have the classic morning hunt... Just soak it all in..the woods,the turkeys, the solitude or the compainionship of a friend. Brother there are very few things that can compare. Man, I can barely stand it. How much longer?
 

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No Turkeys in Forest County and be patient, I killed a tree instead of one of the four Toms I had strutting in front of me the first time I went. Good luck! Don't go it will be like heroin!!!
 

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There is a lot more to being a good turkey hunter than making calls, concealment, strategy, etc... However, I think some tips that you won't hear from the masses makes the difference between a turkey hunter, and a really good turkey hunter.

I'll rank these in order of importance to me with 1 being the most important...

5. Never trust anyone you don't know.
4. You only ever maybe might have heard something real faint way off in the distance.
3. You didn't see anything.
2. All you have seen are deer tracks.
1. MOST IMPORTANT! Never trust anyone you know. There is no such thing as a friend you can trust from mid March to May.

Now you know what you need to be a better than average turkey hunter.

AND IT'S GREAT TO HAVE A NEW HOME TO TALK TURKEY.
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