Decoying: Using decoys, put out a Hen and a Gobbler, about 20 yards with the hen facing away from you and the Gobbler behind the Hen. This is a normal set up, but you can do whatever works for you.
Calling: To call or not to call, etc.; not Gobbles as Gobbling could get you shot, “by a novice Hunter.” Early in the morn ing “shock calling” to get the birds to sound off, with an Owl Hoot, Peacock, Crow call or which predator call works for you. Do n’t over call less is better than more, this technique comes with years of practice.
Shooting: Practice shooting and sighting in with the shotgun you are using. The range should be within 30 yards average to have a Killing shot. Then how does your gun pattern? You need to know where the shot goes, practice makes perfect, each yea r we need to practice. These are come ideas for new hunters. You pros possibly don’t agree with these ideas, but they work for me.
This year while scouting for turkeys about 2 weeks, I found a place there were 5 birds, 2 Gobblers and 3 Jakes, 1 older Gobbler with over 1 inch spurs and 1 with 3/4 inch spurs. The younger Tom would run off the older Tom, as he was the dominate Tom. The question being, do I want a trophy or an edible bird? This was the best place I found for Turkeys. While checking on them at different times, they would be there sometimes 1 hr. or 2 hrs. in the field. While doing all of this I n ever heard a gobble or a hen call, I never even saw a hen. Going hunting I had decisions to make, do I take decoys or not, should I call or not. In the absence of hens I didn’t take decoys. With the silent birds I thought best not to call, so I went hunting with only my shotgun and shells. While sitting under a pine tree at about 9:00 a.m. the younger Gobbler came within 25 yards and I shot the edible bird. This ended my silent turkey hunt. The enjoyment of the hunt was the scouting and pattering the birds and knowing where to sit etc.
I love it when a plan comes together.