Hunting turkeys is one of the most challenging of hunts I've experienced and it is fun. With a turkey's brain being the size of a quarter, there cannot be a thought pattern there, but they sure act like it. It is all in their sight and hearing that makes them such a challenge. They can see at really long distances but when you are up close, they seem to be confused and become really easy targets. Getting them up close is the first challenge once you have found where they are running. It is amazing how they will be right along the shoulder of the highways pecking and scratching, totally ignoring the passing traffic. Being out in the field and seeing them at 100 yards or more changes things entirely. When they spot you, they will run like the wind. When hunting, the first rule is to be extremely well- concealed with no movement. I wish I had vision like a turkey.
Turkey season opens Saturday April 16th through May 31st in Nebraska. Iowa has several seasons, but I hunt the 4th season that runs May 4th to May 22. I like to hunt later in the season because the toms should have all the hens bred out and will be more receptive to decoys and calls. I have access to four farms, but will probably only hunt two of them since these hold the most birds. Hunting private ground is totally unlike hunting public lands.
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You have competition in hunting the public lands and it come from other hunters. First, there is a whole lot of calling going on and it pays not to call too much. If you have scouted the ground and have determined where the birds are running, on opening day be at that location and harvest a turkey as soon as possible. It may not be the grand daddy of the flock, but you will have one and can be out of the woods. Otherwise, I would wait until later after all the hunters have given up and the hens are all
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If you are hunting private land and will be only one of a couple of hunters on the ground, you have a distinct advantage over the public lands. There is no pressure and the birds have not heard a lot of calling. Also there is limited human access in the area. You will need to determine where they are running and position yourself in the general area.
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Good Hunting, good fishing, and good luck. Hank