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#5447501 - 11/28/14 05:17 PM Where are the Turkeys?
papa45 Offline

Registered: 05/14/07
Posts: 571
Loc: Arlington
I've been on three or four different leases that had turkeys. It seems that on every one of them I saw turkeys before rifle deer season and into the first week or so, then they disappear until Spring turkey season. Where did they go? Have they patterned me and the other hunters? In warmer weather, they eat lots of insects, which can bring them out into more open areas. Do diet changes cause them to stay in heavier cover in the winter? How does their behavior change with colder weather? Any ideas?

#5450077 - 11/30/14 05:10 PM Re: Where are the Turkeys? [Re: papa45]
Pittstate Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 09/01/09
Posts: 5178

They were on my food plots eating my seed! Actually, they are eating the heck out of acorns right now on my place. I saw 2 toms come in at noon, then 14 hens/poults and finally group of 6 jakes around 4pm the other day. This was on a feeder that is inside the post oak woods (acorns galore!).

#5454889 - 12/02/14 07:35 PM Re: Where are the Turkeys? [Re: papa45]
Simple Searcher Offline
Extreme Tracker

Registered: 12/30/12
Posts: 4911
Loc: Helotes, Hext
Turkeys are on camera at our lease in the middle of the afternoon, almost every day.
It is odd how they move around.
They do come by the family family ranch during Spring season. up
They like to roost there and raise the little ones, then disappear till winter. Maybe lack of varmints at our place is attractive, who knows?

"Man is still a hunter, still a simple searcher after meat..." Robert C. Ruark

#5455733 - 12/03/14 09:22 AM Re: Where are the Turkeys? [Re: papa45]
Triplesnake Offline

Registered: 01/03/05
Posts: 651
I've found if you run a mix of protein with your corn in the feeder, they are more likely to come by. They seem to love that protein. Of course like everything with turkeys, it isn't a for sure thing. We only run a protein mix in three of our feeder in the area they frequent most often. We have plenty of pictures of them at our other feeders that are straight corn too. They move around a lot!

#5461632 - 12/06/14 05:15 PM Re: Where are the Turkeys? [Re: papa45]
shea.mcphail Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 11/27/14
Posts: 262
Loc: Mesquite/Canton
What parts of the state are you more likely to find turkeys? I've never hunted them before, so I'm just curious. I pretty much have zero knowledge about turkeys other than they taste good. food

#5464519 - 12/08/14 07:06 AM Re: Where are the Turkeys? [Re: papa45]
Gamblinman Offline

Registered: 09/02/04
Posts: 803
Loc: Yantis, TX
West of I-35, north to south is best bet. There are pockets of Easterns east of I-35.

I recommend getting a guide for your first hunt and let him give you a taste of calling in a big tom for you. You'll be hooked for life. Spring season will be here soon.


" I don't hunt turkeys because I want to, I hunt turkeys because I have to."

#5470679 - 12/11/14 12:11 AM Re: Where are the Turkeys? [Re: papa45]
n-all Offline
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Registered: 09/15/09
Posts: 3906
Loc: Lovejoy Texas
I had 26 hens walk by me two weeks ago..crazy

#5471021 - 12/11/14 09:19 AM Re: Where are the Turkeys? [Re: papa45]
BenBob Online   content
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 01/27/06
Posts: 6198
Loc: Undercover
Lots on our lease. You can have them all if you can round them up.
Tired, Wired, and Uninspired

#5473110 - 12/12/14 11:44 AM Re: Where are the Turkeys? [Re: papa45]
friocountyhunts Offline

Registered: 12/01/14
Posts: 527
Loc: Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas
We have quite a few on our place. We had a guy hunt hard for them and everyone else that was hunting bucks saw them at their feeders except for him lol.
Semper Fi

#5474787 - 12/13/14 04:51 PM Re: Where are the Turkeys? [Re: papa45]
Erathkid Online   content
THF Celebrity

Registered: 01/19/11
Posts: 15110
Loc: Dollas,Taxes Bluff Dale Tx
They move around a lot in winter. Probably eating pecans down in creek bottom areas.
Life is too short, as is. Don't chance it.
Don't text and drive.

#5483182 - 12/17/14 09:41 AM Re: Where are the Turkeys? [Re: papa45]
DeadRooster Offline

Registered: 04/09/14
Posts: 139
Loc: Spicewood, TX
Sitting in my stand in southern Mills County yesterday morning, and around 9:00 a.m. I had 8 beautiful toms stroll through and stop a while to munch on my corn. As they headed for the tank, they crossed single-file about 30 yards in front of my stand.

In retrospect, I wish I'da shot one...but I was "waiting on a deer" that never showed.

#5532747 - 01/10/15 01:03 PM Re: Where are the Turkeys? [Re: DeadRooster]
MoTex Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 09/11/12
Posts: 384
Loc: Allen Texas
I had 80+ show up last weekend. They flew down from the roost and then split up in four groups, came back that evening and roosted together again. I've bee on this lease for 12 years and have not seen this many in the winter.

#5533640 - 01/10/15 08:13 PM Re: Where are the Turkeys? [Re: papa45]
Tophers Offline

Registered: 09/03/14
Posts: 122
Not many birds at my lease so if anybody needs some help taking a few off I willing to. Spring turkey hunting that is. Thanks

#5533979 - 01/10/15 10:16 PM Re: Where are the Turkeys? [Re: papa45]
Buckenvy Offline

Registered: 10/11/13
Posts: 583
over a 100 rio's at the feeder last Monday...12 nice Toms! Bosque county

#5534228 - 01/11/15 07:36 AM Re: Where are the Turkeys? [Re: papa45]
Tophers Offline

Registered: 09/03/14
Posts: 122
Buck envy, that's a lot birds. Sounds like a good problem to have.

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