First Timer needs advise.

Discussion in 'Maine Turkey Hunting' started by jackal, Feb 17, 2005.

  1. jackal

    jackal

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    Just found out that my son and I have received our first Turkey permits. We live up in Jackmman, looking for a hand in locating a spot or two to check out or any generous suggestions. Thanks AL & Marc
     
  2. kenton6

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    Congrats on the permits. I'm sure some of the other guys can give you some assistance and point you in the right direction. I've yet to go turkey hunting myself but good luck to you.
     

  3. My late father was THE authority on Turkey hunting, but I never could get into it. I know one thing about Turkeys. Those birds have the sharpest eyesight you could possibly imagine!

    A few years ago, I took a treeclimbing stand and my binoculars to a point along a powerline, for the sole purpose of observing deer. It wasn't "season" yet. I had paced off the distance between the power poles and knew each pole to be 150 yds apart. Using my binocs, I spotted a gobbler herding his hens in my general direction, not too long after sun up. They were over 600 yards away. About the same time I spotted the turkeys, I saw a small buck cross the powerline between me and the feeding birds. They, like me, stopped and watched the deer amble across the opening.

    When the deer had gone I shifted my eyes back to the Tom and his harem. At this point they were approximately 500 yds from where I sat, fully camoflaged and sitting stock still. The old Tom was herding his brood in my direction, but to see them I had to keep the binoculars to my eyes.

    Absently mindedly I reached up and scratched my back with my free hand while continuing to stare at the turkeys. I saw the "boss" immediately crane his neck and call a halt to his little friends. Incredibly he had spotted my slight movement from a distance of at least 450 yards! After a few moments, during which I didn't move an eyelash, the cagy old bird turned his flock around and headed back they way they came.

    I was (and am still) amazed at the their visual acuity. So if you're gonna hunt 'em, you'd better have your ducks in a row.

    Good luck