Take a Tape Recorder in the Woods When You’re Hunting Turkeys

By John E. Phillips 

Take a Tape Recorder in the Woods When You're Hunting Turkeys
Take a Tape Recorder in the Woods When You’re Hunting Turkeys
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United States -(AmmoLand.com)- If you’re going to take a tom turkey this season, one of your best sources of information is “The Turkey Hunter’s Bible”. Below is an excerpt from this book.

Purchase an inexpensive, micro-cassette tape recorder and a 60-minute micro-cassette. Use the slowest speed option on the recorder. Put the recorder in a zip-loc plastic bag in your front pocket. As you hunt, record everything you learn on that tape recorder.

Turkey Hunting Facts To Record:

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  • What time of morning you hear the first turkey gobble. This information will help you determine at about what time of morning the turkeys in the area you hunt will begin to gobble each morning.
  • Where you are when you hear the turkey gobble and which compass direction the turkey is from where you are.
  • Which direction the road or path you are on travels. For instance, if you are standing, on the side of a woods road, look at your compass, and note if the road is North and South. Put that information on your tape recorder. When you next hear the turkey gobble, tell the direction to your recorder. Then you will know where that turkey should gobble the next time you hunt him in the morning and how to get to and from the turkey.
  • Whether the turkey is gobbling aggressively or very little. Then you will have a better idea about calling to the gobbler once you get close to him.
  • What the various terrain breaks are that you cross as you go to the turkey. Did you cross planted pines, hardwood timber and/ or a mountain? Was there thick cover between you and the turkey? This information will be most important if you ever return to hunt that same turkey.
  • What type of area you set up in to call the turkey?
  • How quickly the turkey calls back to you.
  • How much time has been required from when you first have sat down to call the turkey to when you first see him?
  • Whether the turkey comes in quickly or slowly.
  • Why the turkey hangs up and why the tom does not come to you.
  • What time you take the shot.
  • Which direction the bird flies after you have missed him.

This information is important to the success of your next hunt. Turkeys have a very definite pecking order. When one tom is bagged out of an area, many times you can return to that same spot later in the season and call in another gobbler.

The Turkey Hunter’s Bible is available in both eBook and print formats at Amazon :  http://tiny.cc/hoa18x

About the Author:

For the past 40+ years, John E. Phillips of Vestavia, Alabama, has been a fulltime outdoor writer, traveling the world interviewing hunters, guides, outfitters and other outdoorsmen about how they hunt and fish. An award-winning author, John has been hunting and fishing since his kindergarten days.