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It's spring turkey season here in Vermont. We're approaching the top of a ridge. One thing I like to do before I come up to the top of a ridge and before I crest any sort of knoll or any sort of hill in the woods is I like to give a little bit of a call before I get there. I'll call a little bit; I'll use my ears and I'll listen and what I'm listening for is I'm listening for those turkeys. Turkeys like to hang out up on the tops here. I'm listening for scratches in leaves. I'm listening for that spit and drum is really what I'm listening for.
One of the new crazes today is using full body or full strutting gobbler decoys. And one thing I like to do to make them look extremely real is I use a real fan.
We had an amazing day today. I'm here today with field staff Dave Griser for TurkeyHunting24/7 and I'll tell you we ran into a situation today that was absolutely the ultimate obstacle that we've ever, ever had to deal with. And Dave, talk to us a little bit about how this went down and dealing with obstacles overall with turkey hunting.
You know, on all these pretty, green, beautiful hills here in Tennessee, people's got cattle on it and these turkeys love cattle. They like to be around cattle for some reason. I think one of the main reasons is turkeys like to get out here where these cow patties are and this time of year in particular, insects get under all these cow patties. They'll scratch and turn over, look, lots of scratching here where they've turned over and got the insects.
57 The Florida wild turkey, also known as the Osceola, is found only in the peninsula of south Florida. (turkey call)(turkey noises) Its name comes from the Seminole chief Osceola. The Osceola is similar to the Eastern turkey, but smaller and darker in color with very little white on the bars of its wing feathers. Like all turkeys, the feathers are iridescent, which means that as light hits the feathers, the feathers display a spectrum of rainbow like colors.
You know, what another awesome hunt today. This morning, when Matt and I got out, you know, we got the birds gobbling on the roost. (turkey noises) One bird actually, we only heard one bird that we think this morning gobbling on the roost. And what really made us successful today was that kept one thing in mind and that was variable change.
Um, you know, there's a lot of opportunities for using decoys for different reasons and all that. But today there was a special scenario that we had in mind to really attack these gobblers. Why don't you talk to us a little bit about what we used and why.
It's an absolutely beautiful morning out here in April. Our season starts in a couple weeks and I'll tell you a great way to get out there and really tune yourself up for the season. If you notice, there's not a lot of leaves on the trees, so you're cover is really slim. You really got to be careful how you move in on birds. One thing that I really, really enjoy doing is getting out preseason and working some birds. But believe me, not on the properties you're going to go hunt because you're going to educate.
These short trigger sticks we got just for that, for sitting on the ground. You can get steady on a turkey, come in and really get down and aim like you're supposed to.
I'm Seth Bogdan and today I'm going to give you a couple of tips on how to use decoys while hunting spring turkeys that hopefully will make you more successful in the woods next spring.