It’s been said the Texas Spring Turkey Hunt is one of the most exhilarating hunts of the year. The gobblers and bearded hens are some of the most elusive animals on the planet, which is what makes the hunt so fun.
But beyond being elusive, remember these birds are smaller than typical big game hunting in Texas, so you have a smaller window to not only find your turkey, but take one down too.
Let’s go through some steps to make sure your hunt is successful once you locate a Rio Grande Turkey.
Be Calm, Cool
OK so you found a turkey in the distance, the key will be getting him to come to you, not you go completely to him. This is where your turkey calls come in. As you gingerly make your way toward the bird, give a call here and there to entice him to move closer. The terrain is will determine how close you can actually get the turkey. With hills and thick brush, you’re able to hide your movements a lot easier than a flat, open area.
You need to be able to adapt to what the turkey is doing. If you’re calling the turkey and he’s coming closer, perfect. If he’s not answering, don’t keep calling, he might be on his way, you just don’t know it. If he’s answering your calls, but not moving any closer, you might have to change your gameplan. You may have to circle around him and call again from a different location. You may have to comeback in a few hours and see if the bird’s intrigued a little more.
Silent but deadly
When the turkey is close, and you’re partially covered by a tree or brush to hide your existence, when the turkey is moving or looking the other way, it’s time to aim. Slow, steady and silent. Just wait and aim. If the turkey sees you while you’re moving your gun in position, you’ll have to start this process all over again.
But if you do it right, and your target is in sight, wait til the turkey extends his neck enough for a clear head shot.
It’s a lot of work, but this is what makes the Texas Turkey Spring Hunt worth it. When you got that 25-pound turkey in hand and ready to be shown off.