5 Merriam’s Turkey Hunting Tips

Now that spring is here, so is spring turkey hunting.

To make sure you don’t come back empty-handed, here are few tips for bagging a Merriam’s Turkey.

1.     Scouting

Before you head out to hunt, be sure to do your homework. Find a general area where the turkeys inhabit. From there break it down to a smaller area, then to a property and then break that up into different hunting sites.

To get more information on where the turkeys might be you could consort with local wildlife biologists, conservation officers and even hunting club members.

2.     Keep Hidden

Once you have found your spot and traveled out to it, be sure to keep yourself well camouflaged. The reason is because wild turkeys have great vision.

Any type of clothing that can give you away probably will, leaving you with nothing to hunt. In terms of how much camo you should wear, a suit, cap, facemask, and gloves should suffice.

3.     Be Locked And Loaded

When you finally get a turkey in your sight, be sure you have the right weapon for the job. Have a shotgun and ammunition delivers a dense, hard-hitting pattern at 40-45 yards so that when you pull the trigger you hit what you’re aiming for.

4.     Make The Right Call

If you’re going to call for a turkey, it would be a good idea to practice first. You can do this with another hunter or buy an instructional video that will teach you the proper technique.

Then once you feel comfortable with your call and you head out, don’t overdo it. Less is more in this scenario because the more you do it, the more likely you are to mess one up.

5.     The Hunt

Then when you finally find one, do your best to move in close and attempt to call him into gun range. You’re going to want to get as close to the turkey as possible without being seen because if you are, they will flee quickly. Once you are close enough, pull the trigger and bag that turkey.

JACO Outfitters is a licensed hunting guide service in New Mexico offering hunts for big game such as elk and turkey.

For more information on our hunts or to book one with us, call us today at 575-387-2665 or at 505-379-5551.