25 Turkey Hunting Setup Tips
A hunter’s setup tactics are very important for turkey hunting. Often it is what makes for success in the field. Here are 25 turkey hunting setup tips for better results.
1. When searching for a good setup location, try to find a spot that the gobbler will have a reasonably simple access to and that is more likely to respond to.
2. In most cases, avoid setting up in areas that are near fences, creeks, thickets, or other type obstacles. Generally gobblers will be less likely to cross such barriers.
3. Use a setup area that is somewhat open, but still offers adequate cover for both the turkey and the hunter.
4. When possible, sit against a wide tree. This offers better comfort, helps with safety issues, and also provides for better concealment for the hunter.
5. Make use of any limbs or ground vegetation to help with better camouflage. Just remember to have a good field of view when doing so.
6. To minimize being picked out by a gobbler, sitting on the shady side of a tree is usually better than sitting in direct sunlight.
7. Make sure to have a cushion or turkey seat. The more comfortable one is, the less likely that one will be fidgety. This will result in less movement.
8. Since vision is the turkeys main line of defense, make sure to limit movement when sitting on the ground. A hunter that moves too much is more likely to be detected.
9. A hunter should make efforts to be familiar with the land to be hunted. This is helpful in choosing areas that are less likely to have a turkey hang up in.
10. When sitting, the hunter should position the shoulder of the non trigger hand in the direction in which the gobbler will probably come from. This reduces a lot of movement if shifting is needed.
11. Make sure that the weapon of choice is able to move freely around the setup area. Trim away any limbs or other growth that may prevent easy weapon movement.
12. Become familiar with judging the distances of a turkey that is gobbling. Being able to estimate how far away a gobbler is will be helpful with proper setups.
13. When a turkey is gobbling, it may be necessary to cut the distance to the turkey. Try to move within 150 yards. Just don’t get too close as to spook the turkey.
14. When a turkey is gobbling from several hundred yards away, slowly move towards the turkey. Stop every fifty yards or so to determine the gobblers location before continuing to within 150 yards.
15. Become familiar with the daily movement activities of the turkeys. Having an understanding of where the turkeys are probably going will offer a good insight as to where to setup.
16. Although turkeys will certainly walk in wide open woods or fields, it is usually better for the hunter to setup along corners or terrain changes of these areas.
17. Take advantage of any dirt or grassy roads or paths that wind through a wooded area. A turkey will often use them when passing through an area.
18. When hunting near hills or ridges, it is often best to be positioned above or along the same level as where the turkey will be coming from.
19. When hunting near thickets or other obstacles, locate where the obstacle ends and setup along those edges. Often the gobbler will circle around an obstacle rather than going through or flying over it.
20. Decoys are an excellent tool for use in setup areas. Place the decoys in an area that offers some visibility but not too much as to cause a gobbler to hang up. They should be within 20 yards of the hunter. In the woods, place them in an area that offers no more than 45 yards of visibility for the turkey. In open fields, try to position them around a corner or other area that requires the the turkey to come within 45 yards to see them.
21. Sometimes it is necessary to setup several times on an individual gobbler. When this happens, make sure to move slowly and as quietly as possible as not to be detected by the turkey.
22. When relocating is needed, often it is a good idea to change calls once in a new location. Also if moving closer to a gobbler, reducing volume of the calls will be beneficial.
23. When setting up near a roosting area. Don’t get too close as to spook the turkey in the other direction. How close will depend upon the leaves and other cover in the area. Also, a gobbler will often fly off the roost and begin walking in a direction that will keep him from walking directly into the sunlight.
24. Being able to locate areas that are frequently used for strutting can be excellent areas for setting up. Those locations may be used throughout the day. There should be gobbler tracks and wing drag marks around the area.
25. An important factor to remember while waiting for a gobbler to arrive is to be patient. Always give the gobbler plenty of time to respond before moving to another setup area.