Wednesday, May 31st, 2023
Wednesday, May 31st, 2023

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Shirley Grenoble

Try a laid-back approach to get on call-shy gobblers

The last couple of seasons, hunters have thought there was a curse on the wild gobblers. They just didn’t want to gobble! It has been frustrating and bewildering. Yet the Pennsylvania Game Commission assures us that there are plenty of turkeys in the woods.
I’m not a biologist so I cannot give you scientific answers. I’m simply an avid turkey hunter since day one, so all I can tell you is what I have learned from my experience.

The decoy debate: used wisely, hen decoys can help get a gobbler

If you spook a gobbler near a decoy, don’t go back the next day with the same decoy. That sets up a hindrance to success for sure. If you must go back there next day, take a different decoy and set it up at a different place in the field or woods.
Make sure your decoys are staked out naturally. In a grassy field, the stomach should be touching the top of the grass. Do not use stakes that are too high. Turkeys do not stand 6 feet above the ground. That will be unnatural and a hindrance for sure.

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