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Old 01-03-2002, 02:43 PM
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This will be my first spring turkey hunt at the age of 34. The turkey population in Ohio is outstanding, and I see turkey almost all the time when I'm bowhunting. I'm going to bowhunt for them. Besides my camo and bow, I really have nothing for turkey hunting. Any suggestions on calls and setups for a first timer?
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I agree that your first purchase should be a box or slate call or both. Some will come with a tape of real turkey calls. Since you're going to try bowhunting for them first I would look into buying or making a blind. It is difficult to draw on a turkey without a blind. Simple wall blinds can be made from 20' of camo material and a few old arrows or dow rods or bought for less than $100. Assuming your state allows decoys I would purchase a hen and a jake next. I'd then purchase a locater call like an owl hooter or crow call. To organize all of this I would then buy a turkey vest with a built in seat. If you have a limited budget, just buy one or two items each year.

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Old 01-03-2002, 08:58 PM
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practice on the calls you decide on alot i like to buy any number of the spring turkey hunting videos on the market and i'll sit down to watch them calls in hand and try to mimic the guys on the video's rythem and tone rythem is very important
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Old 01-03-2002, 10:43 PM
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Welcome to the board F-I-C!A real key to bowhunting is getting your bow drawn without that bird seeing ya.Even in great camoflauge turk's main defense is their eyesight and they make a living on picking up movement.Good camo,proper backing,a blind,a decoy or two,and learning to use a diaphragm turkey call will all help in this regard.So is knowing and anticipating when to draw your bow.Using the lay of the land,a stump,a tree,or maybe the birds tail fan,all may give you an opportunity to draw your bow.Understand your taking the ultimate challenge and thats harvesting a gobbler with your bow,and its your first turkey season.So expect some exciting moments along with some frusterating one's as well.Even though the friction type calls are probably the simpilest to use learning to use a diaphragm aids a bowhunter greatly in leaving your hands free to operate your bow.Use a friction call to bring him your way and when he gets close switch to a diaphragm.Learn to cluck and purr on a diaphragm and dont worry about all that hard agressive stuff.To much emphasis is put on being a great turkey caller.Put your energy into a good set-up, in front or the direction the bird intends to go and you'll be on your way to harvesting your first spring gobbler! Good luck and keep posting! <img src=icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle>
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Patience. That's what you'll need, especially if you are going to bowhunt them.

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might try a blind it will give you good concealment and you can get away with a little more movement
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