It's going to be turkey season soon and now that it is late Feb and where I am, the snow is slowly melting. Though this year is a little odd with potentially an early spring. Though now is probably the time to start turkey scouting for the spring season. Most people are already out shed hunting and checking cams for deer to see about dropped antlers, so how about scouting while your out? This would only make sense, right?
So what is needed for turkey hunting and what do you look out for?
If you follow the standard five senses for the animal, you have the following in order of priority:
So, thus the reason for the title, unless deer hunting, turkeys don't care how bad you smell. They probably couldn't smell you if you no matter how bad you think you smell even if they were sitting on you. So don't worry about how you smell at the end of the day with that they don't care.
What they can do primarily is see movement and colors that are red and blue. If you are wearing red or blue, you might as well say hi, wave and go back home, because chances are they aren't going to come any closer than 50 or 60 yards. Movement on the other hand is what I find kinda convoluted with them, because I have had turkeys where I'm sitting in my blind walk directly straight into to me while I was moving around and they didn't seem to care. Though other people constantly tell me that once a turkey can see you, don't move otherwise kiss them good bye. I will probably think that is based on how you are hunting, if you are in a blind, I think you are going to be afforded more protection given that if you set the blind up right (meaning the commercial blinds), then it just looks like a black hole to them. So that probably makes that work. I bow hunting turkeys, so this is a little easier that way, most others use a shotgun for turkey hunting are sitting up against a tree and typically don't need to move even when a turkey comes into their "setup".
Turkey's rely on their hearing for gathering and high level locating of where things are, thus all the different types of calls out there and calling techniques. So, what do to with all these calls and what not, basically find what works best. Though, what I have found is that listening to Pro's on Youtube and having turkeys of my own that my wife is raising has helped tremendisouly in my ability and would highly suggest learning mulitple techiques between a mouth call, slate and box calls. Once you can tell the difference, if you are hunting public ground and all you hear are box calls, then with a call with a different tone from a slate or mouth, then you will probably get the turkey.
I'm not going to touch too much on touch or taste, though turkeys will follow the food. If you find a good spot of farm land where the farmer is working the land or in spring in a corn field. There's a good chance you are going to find turkeys there or around there. Though, if you find the sweet acorns or bugs, then you will have a better chance of finding turkeys as the bitter stuff, they don't really care for.
At the end of the day, make sure to keep movements small and slow, practice all the different calling techiques to try and be different out there. Then after all that, don't worry about odors all that much and guess what, hopefully you'll get your Stinkin Turkey!!