3/13/2020 8:22:56 AM
Knowledge is your best weapon to understanding how a gobbler thinks. Determining a turkey’s movement is the difference between success and failure. There is no substitute for experience, and there is always more to learn. When all else fails, go back to the basics and keep things simple.
SCOUT IT OUT: Know where to go. Just because you saw a group of gobblers from your deer stand in November does not mean they will be hanging out in that same area in mid-March. The more you put into your scouting efforts, the more you will increase your odds in the field.
PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE: Pattern the gun you plan on using before the season. Make sure to pattern the gun with the same shells you plan to hunt with. By shooting a paper target, you will be able to see if you have a hole in your pattern or if the choke you are using is not keeping a tight pattern.
MAKE THE RIGHT CALL: Most people do not have time to perfect their calling skills. Nevertheless, it takes practice in order to do it correctly. No matter if it is a box call or a three-reed mouth call, the call is only as effective as the person using it.
GOING PUBLIC: Many of Mississippi’s wildlife management areas offer excellent public turkey hunting opportunities. Because most WMAs are in large blocks of land, you have plenty of options when picking a place to hunt.