• 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  
adam16

bow hunting turkeys

Recommended Posts

adam16

Im going to be turkey hunting with my bow this year and any tips people might have would be appreciated and when

should I go get the archery tag thanks grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Cooter

My tip would be that if you are hunting out of a blind, especially on a field edge, to either have a rangefinder or mark a few distances before you hunt. I have a horrible time judging distances in one of those. Oh yeah, and make sure you can at least make some sort of turkey sounding noise with a mouth call shocked.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
outfishedagain

If your looking for an added challange in turkey hunting, I would buy a tag. My recommendation would be to spend a little more time scouting. Finding the right cover and setup is key.

Make sure to you have clear shoot lanes!! Just from past experience.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
HateHumminbird

Adam:

Hello, and welcome to the turkey page!

As for the tag, I believe you can purchase them now as they were supposed to be available after March 1st.

Regarding some tips for bowhunting turkeys, look back a page or four at some of the current posts in this forum for many general turkey hunting tips and strategies. Should you run across something that doesn't make sense, or should you have other more specific questions, I'm sure we all would be happy to help in whatever way we can.

Good luck, get that tag, you'll be happy you did!

Joel

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Powerstroke

I hunted turkeys by bow last year and I waited till the week before the season since I wanted to buy my license for the zone I wanted to hunt it. By not having to commit to a zone like in the lottery, you have the ability to seek out hunting spots right up to your season starting and pick whichever zone you feel most confident about.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
adam16

thanks guys i have a buddy hunting with me and

he's never hunted turkeys befor I have shot one

so im going to take him out hopfully get him one

adam

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
river huntfish

Turkey Hunting is difficult the first few years at least it was for me. I'm thinking of trying to arrow a nice gobbler sometime soon that would be a challenge though.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Neiko

If you have your bow cranked up you might want to drop it some. I had mine at 65lbs for bear when I went. I sent 2 arrows through a Tom and a jake and man did I feel bad. You may want to consider Gobbler Guittones also.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
sticknstring

Give it a shot! Hunting the last two periods can be tough with lots of foliage and educated birds but if you do your homework you can make it a success. Get yourself a blind and practice shooting broadheads out of it, either from your knees or a stool. Find a spot the birds frequent and call sporadically and have patience. I've found 10am to be a magical time. Run & gun tactics typically don't work well for bowhunting turkeys. Bring a book and a few snacks. I don't feel there's any need to crank your bow weight down. Pass throughs are perfectly acceptable. I've been shooting the same head for 5 years and I get passthroughs half of the time. It takes a lot of kinetic energy to shoot a big expandable through a turkey. I'd go with the highest weight you can comfortably pull and hold from a blind position. The wing bone is very tough and I've seen guys bounce arrows off it many times. Feel free to ask more questions. The best of luck to you and your buddy on your hunt.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
HateHumminbird

I'd like to add that pass-thru's might be acceptable, but not preferred, especially when shooting standard-fixed broadheads. The massive expandables will provide an incredible amount of shock and damage if they pass-thru completely, hopefully leading to decreased recovery time and distance.

So, perhaps depending on your broadhead, you might think of cranking the bow-weight down, remembering that this will also affect your aiming point and trajectory.

Stick - good advice on staying patient with bow-in-hand. The temptation to crawl out of that blind and get after them is a strong one, esp. when you start hunting them with a gun smile.gif I've spooked many birds and killed none while trying to get the drop on them outside of the blind!

Joel

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
harvey lee

I will agree with the poundage turned down. No need to blow the arrow through the bird. Let the arrow plow into the bird and stay so when he flops around it will do more damage. You do not want to chase the bird across the next 40. They are tough critters.

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 :)

    • monstermoose78
      The stearms in the arrowhead are small very small I would recommend a 6 foot or short rod for most streams as you will be pitching your bait out. They are also over grown with brush wading these streams is a challenge. You will be fishing for mostly brook trout above the first posted boundary FYI it’s normally a large water fall but not always. Also the first week of June there will not be much from the lake to the first posted boundary anyways. Remember there special regs below the first posted boundary and the above the first posted boundary.  If you want to use your fly rod I would hit the small trout lakes in the area. A split shot and small chunk of crawler is my go to bait for Brookies. There are a few streams with some browns and rainbows but very few. If you are fly fishing look at Thompson lake by  devilstrack lake it’s catch and release. Mink lake, kimball lake are also good. 
    • Squirrelhawke
      Growing up in South Dakota I did quite a bit of fishing in the black hills for browns and rainbows, most of that fishing was best accomplished with a long pole and just drifting my bait down the stream if you can read the eddies and slacks in the water you should do fine.  Of course I'm assuming they bite the same up north as they do out west.  It was a kick when I went  back out there 2 years ago and on Sunday morning fished the little 6 ft wide stream running behind the campground, all the other campers were amazed that I would pull out a fish about every 20-30 ft no monsters but plenty of little beauties at 7-10 inches. If the water is clean and the fish are there you just gotta find out what they are eating at that time of year.  Hopefully this helps and if I'm wrong some of the guys with Minnesota experience will pipe up. 
    • Squirrelhawke
      I do a bit of fishing from the coon rapids dam on down to 694 and I usually bring 2 rods because I lose at least one lure to the rocks. Bear that in mind and also realize that there are nice smallies, eyes and cats in that stretch of river. I also had over 3 feet of pike eat my stink bait I had out for channel cats. If I didn't have a circle hook on it would have been a nice pic to share. Good luck and hope to hear of some good luck. 
    • delcecchi
      It would take a lot of code to make multiple windows tiling the screen work, would be my guess, and would create few additional sales so isn't worth the expenses.    Just pick up an inexpensive 5 to 7 inch unit and use it for the map.   
    • Wanderer
      You look like the Phantom Fisherman - except the toes.  Or maybe the River Detective  🕵️‍♂️ Gotta love those good runs in short times!   
    • Bryan P
      Awesome Eyeguy! That is a good run of smallies there. I like your spot, that was my favorite fishing stretch for them when I lived in St cloud. Mississippi is such a great smallie fishery. Im blessed to live right next to it too. Now lets get the current to go down some! 
    • eyeguy 54
      I LOVE SMALLIES !  LOL  I am blessed to live close to so much fun. 
    • pikeandchester
      Spent a couple hours on Elysian this afternoon.  Drove around some shallow areas on the south east end of the lake with the trolling motor and only saw carp. Water is still unusually clear for this lake, at any time of the year, and 79 degrees near shore. May be a great opportunity for a bow fisherman, even in the daylight. Tried soaking minnows in a hole on the north end with no luck.
    • Fully Kraeusened
      My choice would be Namakan, but honestly that’s mostly based on emotion. It’s where my dad and I fished the most while up there. I also think it’s prettier than Kab.  I’ve never been on Sand Point or Crane. Just my two cents. I’ll be up there one week from today. Staying on the Ash River if anyone would care to enjoy a cold one first round is on my buddy. 😁
    • ANYFISH2
      Sounds like a heck of an evening! Alot of fun also.