Go Back  HuntingNet.com Forums > General Hunting Forums > Turkey Hunting
Effect of long grass in fields? >

Effect of long grass in fields?

Turkey Hunting Whether it's spring or fall doesn't matter to this bunch. Great tips on calling, bustin flocks, using blinds and more.

Effect of long grass in fields?

Old 05-18-2017, 10:06 AM
  #1  
Nontypical Buck
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 2,358
Default Effect of long grass in fields?

Given the amount of rain we've had locally and now the sudden multi-day burst of sun and heat, the fields I turkey hunt are starting to SHOOT UP with grass.


It was very noticeable last weekend and this weekend will be even more.


The question is, once the grass is longer, does it effect Turkey movement in the fields?


The same field I called 2 jakes across opening day, now has MUCH taller grass, will the turkeys cross the field still or would they skirt the edges or stay in the woods
Bob H in NH is offline  
Old 05-18-2017, 10:22 AM
  #2  
Fork Horn
 
BIG DONNIE BRASCO's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Turkey-Town Kansas
Posts: 344
Default

Tall grass makes them VERY nervous! If they have other places to go, they will!
Tall grass can hide bobcats, yotes, etc.

If tall grass is EVERYWHERE, they are more likely to travel the bare edges of the fields when possible.

I have had to deal with the same issue this year.
BIG DONNIE BRASCO is offline  
Old 05-18-2017, 11:18 AM
  #3  
Nontypical Buck
 
Strut&Rut's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: SW Michigan
Posts: 1,905
Default

In addition to what Donnie mentioned, the tall grass holds large amounts of dew and moisture. Even on days without rain the tall grass is wet, so birds will tend to stay away from those fields until later in the day, after the water burns off.

Those fields can be especially productive late morning into the afternoon if the hens go there to search for insects, especially grasshoppers...
Strut&Rut is offline  
Old 05-18-2017, 07:56 PM
  #4  
JW
Super Moderator
 
JW's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 7,270
Default

In my opinion and what I have witnessed.
Birds don't shy away from tall grass. Many times I have seen the proverbial red periscope of the Toms head as that is all you will see. If you know what to look for.
They flat out can disappear quickly.
My brother and I watched a pair of hens feet on the fluffed dandelion tops eating like Bon-bons in a tall grass field. First time I saw that.
While we make think they shy away....
I'm beginning to suspect tall grass fields are used more.
Just like the cedar swamps of upper Mich. We once figured the birds squirted these.
In fact they go right thru them.
Seen them wade chest deep too.
Tis why I love this sport. 30 yrs of learning g new things of a very resourceful bird.
JW
JW is offline  
Old 05-18-2017, 09:00 PM
  #5  
Giant Nontypical
 
Sheridan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location:
Posts: 5,130
Default

So is it yes or no ??


I know, it depends ...................... !!
Sheridan is offline  
Old 05-19-2017, 04:24 AM
  #6  
JW
Super Moderator
 
JW's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 7,270
Default

LOL..
Does tall grass effect turkey movement?
Yes
Will tall grass stop a turkey from coming to you?
No.

I've seen turkeys go thru some of the thickest nastiest brush you could imagine.
I've had them swim to get to me.
If they want to come they will.
HOWEVER...there are times a single strand if wire, a little bit of puddle, a log, a row of corn stalks.....will stop them dead in their tracks.

Brings back to mind my last tom of last yr.
I sat this big pasture. 129 yards across from me was a mature alfalfa field. It needed cutting bad. It was well past knee high.
Where did the Tom come from? Thru that dang body hiding alflfa.
I caught movement....but only the red periscope.
His head would pop up and then disappear. I'd cluck but absolutely no resulting gobble.
This went on for sometime that I quit calling all together.
But Up scope.....and Down scope.
Do you know what he was doing?
STRUTTING!
When he finally stepped out..it all made sense.
He was strutting in alfalfa that was higher than his strutting tail feathers.
Only time I saw him is when he stood erect and peered at me. And then all I saw was a head. No neck at all.
I thought sure any bird would be coming along the edge.
Not thru that stuff.
JW
JW is offline  
Old 05-19-2017, 02:56 PM
  #7  
Nontypical Buck
 
JoeA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Waipahu HI USA
Posts: 2,912
Default

If the grass is wet, they will avoid walking through it. They'll stick to field edges and follow open trails and any roads that are going through the tall stuff.
JoeA is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.