Spring Turkey Hunting

Like many places around the country the weather can play a major role in the outcome of our hunting season. Here in Missouri it’s no different.

This last spring turkey hunting season the rain just didn’t want to stop, at least on the days that I was able to hunt. This last spring was filled with severe thunderstorms and major flooding. The flood waters closed off most of my hunting ground so I couldn’t even get there. Most of my season was spent finding areas to hunt that I could actually get to. I couldn’t plan on anything because the river and the creeks could come up overnight and change everything. This was very frustrating to say the least.

There was an area that I usually hunt that is along the river and the drainage ditch. The turkeys always roost on the drainage ditch where they can fly down into a pecan grove on one side and a field on the other. It’s about a 50/50 shot on which side they will fly down on. I’ve set up on both sides and had them blow the tree tops out with their gobbling knowing that they would fly right to my setup and then…they don’t.

So, with the flood waters we had this year the pecan grove would hold more water and was more like a swamp most of the time. This made the turkeys stay on the other side of the ditch. The problem is, yep, you guessed it, I couldn’t get there. I knew that I could have some success if the weather would cooperate sometime before the season ended….and it did.

Watching the weather and going down the night before and checking the water level I decided to try it again. I get there the next morning and sure enough just as I had expected the turkeys where there and ready to talk. I set up on a small field next to the ditch about 150yd from where they roosted. Strutting on the limb and gobbling their heads off. With a few few yelpls and clucks on the slate call, here they come sounding like a 747 airplane coming in for a landing. This was textbook turkey hunting. After about 30min and a pull of the trigger my hunt was over. The turkey was 23lbs and 11″ beard with 1 1/8″ spurs.

Sometimes no matter how much you do your homework and put in your time mother nature can still put the brakes on your hunt. This is one factor that many of us wish we could control but can’t. Mother nature is just going to do what she’s going to do and that’s all there is to it. Just improvise, overcome & adapt.

I was able to get it on tape also. I had to shoot the video myself so bare with the quality. The video is 14min but is to large to upload. Here is a short clip from the hunt. Hope you like it.

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Spring Turkey Hunt

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Chad Wiley

Chad Wiley

Chad Wiley lives in Missouri and has recently started tournament bass fishing, which has become an obsession.