How to Hunt Turkeys in Fields and Clearcuts

By John E. Phillips

How to Hunt Turkeys with World Champion Preston Pittman
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USA -( I’ve found that gobblers like to travel along dips in fields.

A tom can strut and drum in these low areas and remain nearly invisible, but he also can crane his neck up and often see most everything approaching. Gobblers also will travel along the edges of half-plowed fields, since they like terrain breaks.

To take gobblers in these fields, plan to spend plenty of time watching the bird before you try to bag him. Patience and picking the best position for your stand will enable you to take a field gobbler. You’ll probably have to spend more than one day of hunting to bag a tom that lives in a big field. You’ll need to identify where and when he enters the field, where he travels in the field, and what spot he usually uses to leave the field. If a gobbler struts on the edge of a field almost within gun range, you’ll want to get as close as you can to the strut zone and still remain somewhat in the woods to call to the bird. If the tom struts in the very center of the field, you’ll have the best opportunity to bag him at the place where he enters or exits the field by standing along that route. But don’t set up where the tom may spot you.

If you hunt in a state where you can use a decoy, you often can call a strutting gobbler out of the middle of the field to that decoy, if you’ve reached the field before the gobbler and his hens and set your decoy up on the edge of the field. Remember to only call to the gobbler in the field when he has his head down, and he isn’t looking toward you. I’ve found that soft clucking, purring and throwing my call from left to right and then behind me seems to most effectively bring a field gobbler in to me.

Another place I find a lot of turkeys is where the timber or land has been clear-cut. These areas will have nesting spots for hens on the edges of that cutover where the timber has been cut-off the land, and the land has been replanted in pines and grows up in hardwood brush. Although the gobblers won’t hold in the cutover, later in the spring when the hens go to the nest, many times you’ll find older, bigger gobblers patrolling the edge of that cutover looking for a ready hen.

“Old loading ramps out in the cutover and old roads running through the cutover also are productive places to locate and call southern gobblers,” says World Champion Preston Pittman.

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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.