Outdoors Angle: Fall Turkey Hunting

The Flag Outdoors Expert Steve Carney has your weekly Outdoors Angle right here!

     Turkey hunting in the Spring of the year doesn't do it for me.  I love sitting in a treestand for hours chasing whitetails but sitting in a ground blind for Spring turkey  bores me. But come the Fall turkey season, I am all in!

     Fall turkeys have a tendency to flock up into large groups in October and they are easily hunting by stalking. I recently shot my turkey by stalking 40 turkeys all flocked up loafing along a tree line. A short sneak along the treeline and I flushed dozens. I picked a young-of-the-year bird and made the perfect wingshot. The trick is to get ahead of the flock and try to set up an ambush spot in the direction they are walking. Their eyesight is amazing and it takes skill and patience to make the perfect stalk.

     Great places to find turkeys in the Fall are along picked cornfields as well as alfalfa fields. Early mornings and late evenings are the best. I really like stalking turkeys in light rain as they are very active in those conditions.

     After spending a lifetime of hunting pheasants and ducks, the sight of a turkey flushing from a tree top is very exciting. They almost look mystical as their huge bodies take to the sky.

     With so much going on in the outdoors these days, working in a day or so chasing turkeys is a great change of pace. You can't beat a turkey smoked to perfection as your reward!

Steve Carney is The Flag WZFG Outdoors expert. He can be heard every Thursday morning at 8:05 on AM 1100 WZFG. Check out his weekly podcast on am1100theflag.com and hear his Outdoors Angle reports every Friday on AM 1100 WZFG. You can also visit stevecarneyoutdoors.com for more information.