Knight And Hale Discuss Hunting Turkeys During Transition Period 4
0:36 David: Well, folks, once again we're here today to tell you about changes that the turkeys are in from one transition period to the next. We're in transition period four. We've already gone through three of them in the past three or four weeks. This week we're going to talk about when these turkeys get lonesome. They get call shy. They got all the things that's going on with them and they get tough to call up. Harold tell us exactly what these turkeys are doing in transition period number four.
0:58 Harold: Well, Dave, you got to keep in mind, these turkeys, a lot of them have had some pressure put on them. So gotta add that into the equation. The hens, if you notice in transition four, you don't hear any hen calling hardly at all.
1:10 David: Oh that's right.
1:11 Harold: It's down to a very minimum. I mean very little calling. So that means you're going to do very little calling. This is that that you can set up blinds for afternoon hunting in field. You gotta remember that old hen's sitting on that nest now. She's nesting. She's going to sit on it 28 days. And she's going to come out and feed just a little bit, like just a few minutes a day.
And if that old lucky gobbler can get lucky and get out there where she's feeding in one of these little fields or little clear cuts of something, and intercept her, the thing you gotta do, set a decoy up there in the blind and make him think another gobbler has found a hen out there and he'll come to that set up.
1:52 David: One of the things I've noticed in this transition period is a turkey will gobble until you call it and he'll go the other way, just invariably. Now, tell me how I'm going to call that turkey up. If I call him, he answers, responds quickly, and that turkey instead of coming to me, he goes the other way.
2:06 Harold: That's exactly what they do. A lot of times I've had them do that, a number of times, David. And what's happened there, he's going, I think, he's got a certain place he last heard that hen or saw that hen.
2:17 David: Where she left him.
2:18 Harold: That's right. He's going to go back to it and strut there hoping that she'll come back in that area and feed. And he can intercept her right there.
2:25 David: Aren't you going to try to find the strut zone? You going to do any calling to him?
2:29 Harold: Well, very, very little calling because the hens aren't calling much that time of year.
2:33 David: And if he don't answer?
2:34 Harold: One thing I've noticed they like to get: they like to get on a strut zone, it might be in a field, it might be on a big open ridge, but they like to get where hens can see them and they can see the hens.
2:44 David: Alright folks. There you have transition period four. It's getting tougher and tougher. Next week we're going to discuss transition period five.