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Archery Turkey Set-Ups
« on: April 06, 2009, 08:45:17 AM »
This is my first year pursuing the ole thunder chickens and I'm going after them with my bow.  I know that the best set-up is obviously to crawl in a blind, however due to economic reasons  @--0--0117 I won't be toting one with me this season. 

SO, my question is: other than a blind, what set-ups have you guys/gals used for turkey hunting with a bow?  I know I need to conceal myself and my movement, I've been thinking about using a "natural" blind such as a downed tree top, a patch of thick brush, etc. to set up in.  I have also considered hiding behind a large tree, as I saw a hunting show where this worked out.  Any thoughts?

Also, what kind of decoy spreads do have worked well.  I have been thinking about maybe putting out a hen or two and a jake decoy.  I have also heard that I should have the decoy facing me, because the turkey will want to come around and face the decoy, giving me a good opportunity to draw my bow. 

My season doesn't start for a few weeks, but I will post my experiences with my set-ups and turkey hunt in general.
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Re: Archery Turkey Set-Ups
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2009, 09:17:29 AM »
It seems like your on the right track for sure.  A small pair of clippers is a very important part in my turkey gear for sure.  Your decoy set up will really help to draw the bird in for sure.  You may try setting your jake as if he is trying to breed a hen this will really hold the attention of a TOM coming in and may really help you to get to full draw without being seen.

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Re: Archery Turkey Set-Ups
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2009, 09:29:58 AM »
Stackem, this is what works best for me...First of all make sure that you can draw your bow with minimal movement, what I mean is, have the bow facing your target with the arrow aimed at the turkey, draw back slowly but in one fluid motion...Also practice drawing like this from different angles and directions of shot placement (make sure that you practice sitting down, on your knees,  on one leg, or any way that you might be sitting when the moment arrives.

Also, what I like to do is- when Ive located a bird I like to sit down beside a tree that will hopefully be in between me and the turkey when the shot presents itself...by doing this I can have my bow beside the tree and my body behind it and I can draw and take my shot with the least noticable movement.

Just practice how you will be hunting, drawing is tuff when that tom is strutting at 15 steps!!!!!
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Re: Archery Turkey Set-Ups
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2009, 04:19:29 PM »
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Re: Archery Turkey Set-Ups
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2009, 05:51:35 PM »
It seems like your on the right track for sure.  A small pair of clippers is a very important part in my turkey gear for sure.  Your decoy set up will really help to draw the bird in for sure.  You may try setting your jake as if he is trying to breed a hen this will really hold the attention of a TOM coming in and may really help you to get to full draw without being seen.

Thanks for mentioning a small pair of clippers, I can see how these will be very handy and I probably would have neglected to think of them.
Also, I like the idea of the breeding pair with the jake and hen, I can see where a Tom would get all hot and bothered over that sight!!

Stackem, this is what works best for me...First of all make sure that you can draw your bow with minimal movement, what I mean is, have the bow facing your target with the arrow aimed at the turkey, draw back slowly but in one fluid motion...Also practice drawing like this from different angles and directions of shot placement (make sure that you practice sitting down, on your knees,  on one leg, or any way that you might be sitting when the moment arrives.

Also, what I like to do is- when Ive located a bird I like to sit down beside a tree that will hopefully be in between me and the turkey when the shot presents itself...by doing this I can have my bow beside the tree and my body behind it and I can draw and take my shot with the least noticable movement.

Just practice how you will be hunting, drawing is tuff when that tom is strutting at 15 steps!!!!!

Great advice on practicing drawing from different and difficult angles and positions, I'm sure this will help prepare me for the physical challenges associated with archery turkey hunting, last night I practiced a bit around my apt.

Good point about having a tree between the turkey's approach and myself.  I wasn't sure if that technique would conceal me enough, but I'm glad to hear you have had luck with it.  That's just one more set-up possibility I will have a my disposal.
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Re: Archery Turkey Set-Ups
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2009, 10:59:09 AM »
Sounds like you have a very good start with what has been offered so far. There are only a couple things I can think of to add. Along with practicing any positions that you might encounter in the field, also practice with the gear that you will have with you and the clothes you will be wearing. Turkey hunters are even worse than deer hunters when it comes to dragging everything but the kitchen sink with them into the woods and you want to make sure you can shoot with what you'll have on while hunting. The second thing is to make sure your bow is set a a poundage that is easy for you to draw. This will make it easier to draw smoothly with minimal movement. There is nothing worse than calling in a nice gobbler and realizing that you can't draw your bow back without "cocking" the bow and spooking the bird.  @--0--0101
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Re: Archery Turkey Set-Ups
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2009, 10:03:07 AM »
Sounds like you have a very good start with what has been offered so far. There are only a couple things I can think of to add. Along with practicing any positions that you might encounter in the field, also practice with the gear that you will have with you and the clothes you will be wearing. Turkey hunters are even worse than deer hunters when it comes to dragging everything but the kitchen sink with them into the woods and you want to make sure you can shoot with what you'll have on while hunting. The second thing is to make sure your bow is set a a poundage that is easy for you to draw. This will make it easier to draw smoothly with minimal movement. There is nothing worse than calling in a nice gobbler and realizing that you can't draw your bow back without "cocking" the bow and spooking the bird.  @--0--0101

Thanks for the advice.  I have my set at 60 lbs right now, so drawing it back smoothly is not an issue.  Now if I can find a way to drag along the kitchen sink @--0--0125

Any other tips on set-ups? .....decoy spreads?
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Re: Archery Turkey Set-Ups
« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2009, 10:26:06 AM »
Great advise everyone. I am still contemplating on whether or not to try taking a Turkey with my bow. Turkey season here in Idaho starts on the 15th so I will be going out next weekend. Has anyone used the Turkey Guillotine broad head? I have not tried them, but they look like they would work I am just not sure I want to experiment with them just yet.
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Re: Archery Turkey Set-Ups
« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2009, 11:31:05 AM »
Great advise everyone. I am still contemplating on whether or not to try taking a Turkey with my bow. Turkey season here in Idaho starts on the 15th so I will be going out next weekend. Has anyone used the Turkey Guillotine broad head? I have not tried them, but they look like they would work I am just not sure I want to experiment with them just yet.
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I have not personally tried the guillotine, but have heard that they are very effective at decapitating a tom.  I hear the older models faced serious durability issues, the blades would break, but this years model is called the Gobbler Guillotine diamond, I believe, and the blades are much more durable.  As long as you go for a head shot, I think these broadheads are effective at achieving their intentions!  I think I am going to try a body shot with a big mechanical this year, but may try one of "decapitating" broadheads in the future.  I'm not sure if you're familiar with you tube, but there are some good videos on there that have the gobbler guillotine in use!!!!!   Good luck next weekend!  @--0--0109      %^$^
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Re: Archery Turkey Set-Ups
« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2009, 07:03:10 PM »
There is some really great advice here. I, too, will be try to harvest my first bow turkey in a couple weeks and will remember everyone's pointers. I have never tried the Guillitines. I don't think they would make for a good picture afterwards. Good luck to you and I can't wait to read about your hunt.   
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Re: Archery Turkey Set-Ups
« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2009, 05:45:53 AM »
This is my first year pursuing the ole thunder chickens and I'm going after them with my bow.  I know that the best set-up is obviously to crawl in a blind, however due to economic reasons  @--0--0117 I won't be toting one with me this season. 

SO, my question is: other than a blind, what set-ups have you guys/gals used for turkey hunting with a bow?  I know I need to conceal myself and my movement, I've been thinking about using a "natural" blind such as a downed tree top, a patch of thick brush, etc. to set up in.  I have also considered hiding behind a large tree, as I saw a hunting show where this worked out.  Any thoughts?

Also, what kind of decoy spreads do have worked well.  I have been thinking about maybe putting out a hen or two and a jake decoy.  I have also heard that I should have the decoy facing me, because the turkey will want to come around and face the decoy, giving me a good opportunity to draw my bow. 

My season doesn't start for a few weeks, but I will post my experiences with my set-ups and turkey hunt in general.

I agree with the comments about decoy set up. I use a B-mibile and a hen and set the B-mobile facing me. This setup does tend to set you up for a "Texas heart shot". This can be helpful if you are NOTusing broadheads that are made for head/neck shots and especially if you are not using a blind. Some extra thought should also be given to how far your dekes are set from you. Try to set them up with how you are going to get your bow drawn in mind. Remember, the closer you set up the dekes the closer the birds will come in.....and closer isn't always better...especially if there are hens and possibly more than one tom.
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Re: Archery Turkey Set-Ups
« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2009, 09:37:12 AM »
This is my first year pursuing the ole thunder chickens and I'm going after them with my bow.  I know that the best set-up is obviously to crawl in a blind, however due to economic reasons  @--0--0117 I won't be toting one with me this season. 

SO, my question is: other than a blind, what set-ups have you guys/gals used for turkey hunting with a bow?  I know I need to conceal myself and my movement, I've been thinking about using a "natural" blind such as a downed tree top, a patch of thick brush, etc. to set up in.  I have also considered hiding behind a large tree, as I saw a hunting show where this worked out.  Any thoughts?

Also, what kind of decoy spreads do have worked well.  I have been thinking about maybe putting out a hen or two and a jake decoy.  I have also heard that I should have the decoy facing me, because the turkey will want to come around and face the decoy, giving me a good opportunity to draw my bow. 



My season doesn't start for a few weeks, but I will post my experiences with my set-ups and turkey hunt in general.

I agree with the comments about decoy set up. I use a B-mibile and a hen and set the B-mobile facing me. This setup does tend to set you up for a "Texas heart shot". This can be helpful if you are NOTusing broadheads that are made for head/neck shots and especially if you are not using a blind. Some extra thought should also be given to how far your dekes are set from you. Try to set them up with how you are going to get your bow drawn in mind. Remember, the closer you set up the dekes the closer the birds will come in.....and closer isn't always better...especially if there are hens and possibly more than one tom.

Thanks for the decoy input, glad to hear the hen/tom works for you.  Your B-Mobile is a full strut tom decoy right? I'm wondering if this would intimidate younger toms, and just pull in an older dominate bird? 

So, in a blind I know decoys set up at 5-10 yards work great, however what distances have you guys placed them when using a bow and no blind?  If I am comfortable to lets say 30 yards, should my decoys be set up at 15 give or take, because I know gobblers like to hang up.
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