It’s the 2-minute warning, the bottom of the ninth. There are still lots of opportunities out there, but May signals the end of spring turkey season across the country and, if you haven’t tagged a gobbler yet, you might be in for some frustrating mornings.
I won’t drag this out. If you need a couple tips on how to tip over a tom with time running out, I’m here to oblige.
- Go into thick cover near where you suspect a gobbler is hiding and call softly and reservedly. After a few minutes of light chatter, shut up. Sit there for an hour and see if somebody special sticks their head out of the brush.
- Don a ghillie suit and start crawling. You may find that turkeys are using open pastures for safety, so toss the calls and start crawling. A slow, slithering approach could put you within shotgun-pattern range of an unsociable tom.
- Watch a flock from afar and note the direction of hens traveling to their nests. As hens leave gobblers in the morning to tend to nests, it leaves gobblers with the terrible decision of which hen to follow. Get in position between the last sighting of a hen and the desperate gobbler, and begin calling.
- Get aggressive. Sometimes a gobbler just wants to be told he’s a stud. Hammering on a call may be just what the doctor ordered.
For your enjoyment, I’ll share a hunt from last year where a gobbler wanted to hear just that—constant calling! We were set up along a fenceline with our decoy out in front, and did we ever get a Rockettes-style show, complete with a turkey dinner at the end. Enjoy and good luck!