Hunting turkey out of season
I have never hunted turkey out of season, but if I did I would have a solid plan. Lets run down the best ways to kill turkeys out of season.
Baiting turkeys out of season
Turkeys love bait. Corn, sunflowers, bird food. It all draws them in. Guys down south run a lot of cracked corn to hold their birds. You almost have to bait if the neighbors are. Bait will flat out hold a group of birds on your land. Take hunting Texas for turkeys. Those feeders are the social hubs of the property, and you can’t fight them. Face the feeders and shoot them like chickens because that is what they become. I have hunted some places and left because of the problem. Cracked corn is hard to see, and squirrels and Jays don’t fly off with it. They turkeys keep coming back to salvage every last scrap, and if you dump it in the cover, it looks natural unless you know how turkeys flock to the bait. You don’t need a turkey decoy to hunt turkeys over bait.
Spotlights are great for turkey hunting out of season
Find where they roost and shoot them in the dark. Sounds simple but turkeys are very hard to see in the trees at night. You have a black bird against a black sky, and even with a light those birds look like the sky. Wait for grey light law abiding citizens may call the sheriff. Better to use a bow maybe? Be careful you don’t blow the roost. Mess with their safe spot more than once and they may abandon the area all together.
Nets for killing turkeys
Rocket fired nets are too much work. Granted you get a lot of birds when the plan comes together, but you must bait for a week or more, and a pyrotechnics background really helps. If you don’t
have patience, or pyrotech experience, bait or lights may be a better option for you.
Best option is to wait for season to open, scout for birds, practice calling and run a realistic turkey decoy. I hope more turkeys are killed this way than any other, because it is a lot of fun. Focus on the plan and enjoy the ride. Spring turkey season will be here before you know it.