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Author Topic: Late season Long Beards(Advice)  (Read 703 times)

Offline Dude

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Late season Long Beards(Advice)
« on: February 28, 2009, 05:17:02 AM »
I'm still pretty fresh to this turkey thing. Im just wondering if anyone had any advice at all. I will be returning tothe states in May and will have the last ten days of may to hunt turkey. Any advice on the late season birds, especially if they have been beat up by other hunters pretty good. Season in NY is all of May if that helps.  @--0--0109
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Re: Late season Long Beards(Advice)
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2009, 05:47:42 AM »
1. don't over call.
2. try and pattern him,if he has one.
3. if you know your the only one in your hunting area, don't be afraid to gobble at him.
the most important thing; stay in the woods as long as your state permitts you to hunt.

alot depends on what type of spring you have, this dictates what and when the hens do their laying,etc,
late season is not always late season, if you get my drift.

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Re: Late season Long Beards(Advice)
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2009, 09:21:01 AM »
In Kansas we can hunt until the last day of May, and it gets tough in late May!  I find you need to know their travel corridors, call little if at all, and try to intercept a flock going where they want to go anyway.  Sometimes I will set up a half dozen decoys in a food plot and hope to get a larger flock to 'join me'.  It takes more patience, that's for sure!

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Re: Late season Long Beards(Advice)
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2009, 01:05:28 PM »
Step one: Put a 18# butterball in the freezer (just in case), that will take the pressure off. Then get out there after the big one. Patients is the rule, don't be over aggressive with the calling. Especially if they have been getting a lot of pressure all spring.  @--0--0101
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Re: Late season Long Beards(Advice)
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2009, 04:21:30 PM »
Step one: Put a 18# butterball in the freezer (just in case), that will take the pressure off. Then get out there after the big one. @--0--0101

Ha ha!  That is always good advice for turkey hunters, no matter what time of year you hunt!

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Re: Late season Long Beards(Advice)
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2009, 04:33:26 PM »
The best thing I can say is be very patient. I have had toms coming in and not even know it. They were quite not gobbling at all.

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Re: Late season Long Beards(Advice)
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2009, 05:10:12 PM »
hunt more midday and call occasionally every 15" sparingly so they can locate you.  if you get gobble, stop calling and wait.  i usually set in a pre-made blind or in a tree blow down.  try calling aggressively like a hen got bumped off her nest by a predator and then waiting also works.  ambush their travel routes is always good or back to their roost if you can hunt then.  find strut zones and set up there also works.
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Re: Late season Long Beards(Advice)
« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2009, 05:35:37 PM »
Concentrate on feeding areas and be prepared to stay for long periods as they will appear sooner or later. Once the early morning gobbling subsides, you need to hunt them more like you would in the fall. Gently call like contented or feeding hens and eventually a gobbler will appear. Call the hens in to you and the old man will tag along. I also like mid-morning to noon as much as first light. Good luck!
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Re: Late season Long Beards(Advice)
« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2009, 06:21:36 PM »
Late season is also the time when they start to look to group up in their buddy groups sence most of the breeding is done.  I   have had some luck talking  gobbler talk.

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Re: Late season Long Beards(Advice)
« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2009, 11:04:13 AM »
Late season is also the time when they start to look to group up in their buddy groups sence most of the breeding is done.  I   have had some luck talking  gobbler talk.
That's a great late season tip, and if you are in a high pressure area and you know the toms are still around, that's when patients plays a part in your success. Lots of patients will pay off Good Luck
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Re: Late season Long Beards(Advice)
« Reply #10 on: March 04, 2009, 12:17:54 PM »
Late season is tough. Patience is important, I like using a single hen and light calling.  Aggresive gobbling can really bring them in the late season

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Re: Late season Long Beards(Advice)
« Reply #11 on: March 04, 2009, 01:33:50 PM »
Patience, patience, patience. You may have to pattern him and intercept him rather than try and bring him to you. Don't give up.

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