• GUESTS

    If You  want access  to member only forums on FM, You will need to Sign-in or  Sign-Up now .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member.

  • WE CREATE LONG TERM, MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS IN HERE ... PLEASE JOIN US.

    You know what we all love...

    RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE
    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
Cody Lubeley

turkey help

Recommended Posts

Cody Lubeley

hey its my second year turkey hunting last year saw one but couldnt get close enough, got drawn for season G for zone 348 just wondering what the best way to hunt is.....last year i just sat and called until 11 and after that grabbed my fly rod :), is it worth hunting later in the day? if so how do you do it?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
MJCatfish

When turkeys get ready for bed, they often times consolidate, then fly up and roost. You may be able to draw a tom out of a group of birds in that situation. Might be tough.

If you have turkeys near you in the morning, and they wandered off the other way, not spooked, the toms know that your hen call is there and they may come back to you after they tend to business with the hens they are currently with. It's a tough waiting game, but anything is possibly.

Whether you are turkey hunting or trout fishing, you're in a great situation~ cool.gif

MJ

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Tipup101

Scout your birds from the middle of the day until dark. Get a pattern down. Toms will use the same miday strut zones and if they don't another turk will. Plus i like to hunt over dusting areas in the middle of the day. If you can find both in one close area you got as close to a shure thing that you can have. As long as you can wait them out. If it is really hot look at heavy shaded areas and river bottoms for turkeys beating the miday heat. In my opinion the best hunting starts at nine am and ends at sundown.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
BRULEDRIFTER

What is a dusting area?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
HateHumminbird

 Originally Posted By: BRULEDRIFTER
What is a dusting area?

A dusting area is a spot in a field, or otherwise bare-soil area, that turkeys often go towards daily to "dust" themselves. It's a method of self-cleaning they use to rid themselves of mites, bugs, and other parasites trying to take refuge in their feathers.

Hunting a dusting area can be a deadly tactic, as certain birds can often be patterned by their dusting routines. During the peak of spring breeding, many times the toms won't dust themselves but the hens seem to do it more frequently. Generally then, you're hunting the hens to get to the toms.

Typically in your scouting, you'll see a small depression in loose/sandy soil types with tracks leading into and out of the dusting site.

Here's a picture of a dusting area, albeit a poor one because of recent rainfall before the hunt. This longbeard was killed after his hen guided him away from my calling early the same morning. Figuring that she would eventually head towards her favorite dusting zone (she used it every day for 3 days prior), we end-around snuck back to that area and waited them out. Knowing how much she didn't like my calling, we kept quiet for the most part, clucking every once in a great while. She dusted while the gobbler came to check out our clucking.

dusting.JPG

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Tipup101

Dusting areas are spots where turkeys will roll around in to keep lice and fleas under control. The will mostly use areas with sandy soils. Usaly find them on river bottoms along old sand or gravel road ways and gopher mounds. I've seen more miday birds killed in theese areas than any where else. It would look like this picture below. Find one and you found a great place to spend your days. Oh yea if the gound is wet this is a no go. No dust no birds.

dustbowl.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Ryan Becklund

Great post! We hunted over a awesome dusting area this last spring but of course it rained every day and they were not using it then. Lots of activity around it tho.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
BRULEDRIFTER

Nice! Kind of what I figured it was, but I am pretty new to the game so I wanted to be sure!

Thanks!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Shoot2Kill

 Originally Posted By: jnelson
 Originally Posted By: BRULEDRIFTER
What is a dusting area?

A dusting area is a spot in a field, or otherwise bare-soil area, that turkeys often go towards daily to "dust" themselves. It's a method of self-cleaning they use to rid themselves of mites, bugs, and other parasites trying to take refuge in their feathers.

Hunting a dusting area can be a deadly tactic, as certain birds can often be patterned by their dusting routines. During the peak of spring breeding, many times the toms won't dust themselves but the hens seem to do it more frequently. Generally then, you're hunting the hens to get to the toms.

Typically in your scouting, you'll see a small depression in loose/sandy soil types with tracks leading into and out of the dusting site.

Here's a picture of a dusting area, albeit a poor one because of recent rainfall before the hunt. This longbeard was killed after his hen guided him away from my calling early the same morning. Figuring that she would eventually head towards her favorite dusting zone (she used it every day for 3 days prior), we end-around snuck back to that area and waited them out. Knowing how much she didn't like my calling, we kept quiet for the most part, clucking every once in a great while. She dusted while the gobbler came to check out our clucking.

dusting.JPG

Awesome tactic man........nice pic too...that dusting area is pretty sweet!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Cody Lubeley

alright thanks for the help guys i think ill focus i little more on turkey than browns this spring haha

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  

Announcements



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • paceman
      I took a couple of guys from church out last night. They fish about once every couple years. I didn't think they would have the patience for walleye fishing so we went after pannies. Caught a couple of sunnies right away. For me they were small but these guys were just pumped to catch 7-8 inch sunnies! Fished for them a bit until we had about 15 in the live well. They wanted to clean them so I was fine with that. I then took them to one of my crappie spots. Not sure if they have ever caught a crappie before, right away I caught a small 9 inch one and of the guys was kind of upset I through it back. A minute later he hooks into a 13". Pretty sure most of North Becker county heard him hooting, hollering! I was laughing so hard! It is always blast taking out folks that love fish but don't fish very often. That to me is just strange. Especially around here with tons of lakes and great fishing. It wasn't fast and furious but still a solid  bite. Took about an hour to catch our 30 fish limit of great eaters. Most in the 11-12" range. I found them scattered along the weeds in 9-12', simple plastic with a twister tail or a paddle tail. It always super fun taking out fishing newbies. Pretty sure FB was full of their pictures last night!
    • skyking
      Was up last week on Kab and it seemed that your bait depended on where you were fishing. Some areas leeches did good, but others minnows were the go to. We lindy rigged the entire trip and on days when wind was gusty we did pretty good shallower with minnows in 13 to 20 ft....then some areas we were doing better with leeches 16 to 32 ft. No wind was like the dead sea.
    • Mike89
      catch and eat the crawfish too!!!
    • Uncle Boney
      I can second A Warrior.  Jumbo leeches for Walleye.  Northern were more interested in minnows and crawlers.
    • Harry Goodliffe
      A Carp Anglers Group Fishing social will be on June 23rd in Coon Rapids. If you enter the park from the Coon Rapids side (Egret Blvd), take a left from the parking lot and drive towards the picnic shelters. Take a right at the first stop sign and park in the lot. We will be fishing in the stretch or river behind the picnic shelter/playground. Start time can be before 7am and you can fish into the evening if you want. There will be medals for the 3 largest fish captured.
    • Gone Out Fishin
      Thanks for lots of good info guys.  Sounds like if I do things right I can have fish for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I'll try fishing that reef for some evening walleye. Bobber fish for some sunnies in the weeds.  @delcecchi, I catch enough Walleye in the summer that I really don't want to ask. I won't shy away from a bite. I'll check that little bay for crappies.  @vermilionfox, Wow that is a lot of location data. My PROP thanks you for the rock info!  Merry Go Round? I have another question regarding the Rusty Crawfish... are they a problem on the west side of the lake too? Bloody mini lobsters. I remember spending lots of time using orange for bass and walleye since they were a major food source. Been years since I've done that.  Gone Out Fishin
    • Parmer
      I don't think you will be able to run it on that generator. I have a yamaha 2000 and I have not tried it yet but from everything I have read you need 2800 watts to start the AC. All the 2018 ice castle fish houses are coleman mach 3 plus AC I think. 
    • BigVwalters
      The fishing was pretty decent over the weekend.  Walleyes were biting on rigs with leeches or crawlers. Caught 12 between Friday and Saturday with with 4 nice slotters.   Biggest being a 24".   
    • Borch
      Star Island in Cass Lake has remote, boat in primitive camping as well.
    • A Warrior
      Just returned from a successful trip on Kab.  Minnows did catch fish, but leeches were the ticket