Turkey hunting is a well-known kind of sport. It is fun and really exciting to undertake even if you have no experience. In fact, plenty of states allow it; and a number of hunters engage in this sport every spring and fall. But for those who are not in the know and still learning the ropes of how to turkey hunt, turkey hunting involves tracking down and capturing or killing a wild turkey, specifically the North American Wild Turkey. The Native Americans have been hunting such wild fowls even before they were taken over. And the history of this sport can be traced back to the time prior to the arrival of the European colonizers. Nevertheless, the sport developed and the turkey hunting tactics have been ubiquitous these days.
Basically, there are a couple of turkey hunting tactics that hunters typically use today. These are stalking and calling. Stalking is actually what hunters may call the most unproductive tactic. It involves the pursuit of the prey in a surreptitious manner. This entails a hunter to move real quietly and slowly after his quarry. However, stalking can also be dangerous, especially if it is done on public property. For instance, a hunter that moves or walks in the woods can possibly attract the attention of other hunters; thus, being mistaken for a turkey and drawing fire from them. So, for general safety, this tactic must only be used on a private land with no other hunter around.
On the other hand, calling is the contrary of stalking. Of the two turkey hunting tactics, it is the more commonly used. It involves the usage of various female turkey sounds to entice the male turkeys. A few examples of such sounds are the tree call, the yelp, the purr, and the cackle. But the male gobbling call is also sometimes used to make other male turkeys deem there are intruders on their areas. So, instead of tracking down a turkey, the hunter lets it move toward him. Turkeys, after all, are very vocal. Nonetheless, turkey hunting tactics like this can become perilous if not done cautiously.
The calls can become truly believable that some hunters tend to shoot their fellowmen. So, in order for such turkey hunting tactics to be safe and effective, hunters must let their colleagues know they are in the area by wearing brightly colored vests on top of their camouflage or by yelling out to them. They must also never shoot until turkeys are in actual sight.
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