Video: Field Strategies for Bowhunting Wild Turkeys

Decoys are a vital component to most wild turkey bowhunts, which makes open fields prime ambush locations.

Video: Field Strategies for Bowhunting Wild Turkeys

The guys from The Hunting Public pursue whitetails and other big game during fall, then they change their focus to wild turkeys during spring. You can follow their 2019 Turkey Tour online by checking out their Youtube channel. As with their deer hunting content, they offer outstanding information for the DIY turkey hunter, regardless of whether you choose a bow or gun.

In the 20-minute video below (episode No. 15 of their 2019 Turkey Tour), you’ll see co-host Greg Clements of The Hunting Public as he joins up with some friends who live in southern Kansas. The show begins with some killer footage of 2018 bowhunts, then transitions to the strategies they’ll use to try and tag Kansas birds this spring. The conditions are a bit challenging due to high winds and cold temps, but they figure out how to get the job done.

As you’ll see on these small properties, patience and long-range observations without spooking birds are keys to their success. Rather than run and gun (with bows), they do their best to pattern birds and then put a plan into action. It works.

Greg Clements of The Hunting Public draws as a Kansas tom struts toward his gobbler decoy.
Greg Clements of The Hunting Public draws as a Kansas tom struts toward his gobbler decoy.

Greg also provides helpful tips on gaining hunting permission on private property, his favorite broadhead style for bowhunting wild turkeys, shot placement, and why it’s important to have a second arrow ready to roll. As always, The Hunting Public knocks it out of the park. 

P.S. Like Greg, I also like the now-discontinued Rocket Turkey Tom-O-Hawk mechanical for shooting turkeys in the body. However, I switched a decade ago to shooting birds in the head or neck with fixed-blade broadheads such as the Magnus Bullhead. Check out this article about why I prefer these heads for bowhunting wild turkeys.

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