PSE’s Terry Drury Says to Check Your Range of Motion When Bowhunting Turkeys
Editor’s Note: PSE has asked nationally known outdoorsman Terry Drury to give us his tips and tactics for taking a wild turkeys with his PSE bow.
One of the things you always have to remember, when you’re using archery tackle to take turkeys, is that the turkeys don’t read the same books, articles, webpages and blogs that we hunters do. Many times, a tom turkey will do just the opposite of what he’s supposed to do. If you’re a left handed shooter, you’ll want to swing the bow to your right to aim at the turkey, and you’ll have a difficult time swinging your bow to your left, if a turkey comes in on that side to where you are. A right handed shooter easily can swing his bow to the left, but oftentimes has trouble swinging it to the right. So, when you’re sitting in your blind in a chair, you want to line up your butt and your feet, so that you can make that swing, easily and comfortably. Hopefully, you can set up to be in the right position to take the best shot when the gobbler arrives. I like to have my feet planted toward the left. Then I can swing my bow toward the right and be lined up perfectly to take the shot. Always practice drawing and shooting, before the turkey gets to the decoys. Then you’ll know you can get in the proper position to make the right shot, when the gobbler comes in, because turkeys rarely do what they’re supposed to do when they’re supposed to do it.
Terry Drury’s Calling Tip:
I’m often asked how I call to a turkey, after I’ve set up my blind and set my decoys out. Mark and I believe in taking a turkey’s temperature right off the bat. Our technique of calling is best illustrated with a ladder. We like to start calling on the lower rungs of the ladder, with soft calling, low calling, soft yelps and some clucking and purring. If that turkey’s ready to breed, he’ll fire back immediately with a gobble. If he’s got hens or another gobbler with him, he usually won’t gobble back immediately. If the turkey is really gobbling well and starts coming toward us, we’ll probably call a little bit louder and somewhat more aggressively. We want to get that gobbler excited, so that he doesn’t get distracted or become uninterested. When that turkey is at 30 to 50 yards from the decoy, we start soft calling, purring on our M.A.D. calls and scratching the leaves. Or, perhaps we’ll give the sound of a turkey’s wing beating the ground. However, we mostly use soft clucking and purring to bring the gobbler within bow range.
Also, remember to be patient. Don’t try and call too much. Watch the bird’s body language, and don’t rush the shot. If that turkey comes running in and is really locked in to your decoy, don’t call any more. Instead prepare to draw, and shoot, because that bird has bought what you’re selling. When he gets to your decoys, you need to be ready to collect him.
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