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#6109860 - 12/30/15 12:57 PM Turkey Hunt From Ground Blind?
ndhunter Offline
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Registered: 09/03/05
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Considering setting up a ground blind near roost, climb in next morning before LST and wait for them to come down.

Anyone have any experience hunting turkeys from a ground blind?

Waste of time to use ground blind?

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#6109871 - 12/30/15 01:05 PM Re: Turkey Hunt From Ground Blind? [Re: ndhunter]
Erny Offline
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Registered: 02/26/11
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Loc: Smith County
Ground blinds work great for turkey. They seem to not pay any attention to them at all. Most of my turkey hunting experience is on public land where you Cannot set up a blind in advance. I have had them come to a decoy in an open field in a ground blind, I had just set up a couple of hours earlier. I like using them because it hides your movement and allows you to sit in a chair.


Edited by Erny (12/30/15 01:07 PM)

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#6110871 - 12/30/15 10:50 PM Re: Turkey Hunt From Ground Blind? [Re: ndhunter]
Gamblinman Offline
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Registered: 09/02/04
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Loc: Yantis, TX
Hunting near your roost is not a good idea. Good way to move the birds. Watch them off the roost and set-up to ambush them at a different spot.
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#6111316 - 12/31/15 09:39 AM Re: Turkey Hunt From Ground Blind? [Re: Gamblinman]
ndhunter Offline
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Use a ground blind at the ambush point?

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#6111701 - 12/31/15 01:18 PM Re: Turkey Hunt From Ground Blind? [Re: ndhunter]
Gamblinman Offline
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Originally Posted By: ndhunter
Use a ground blind at the ambush point?


Correct. I use ground blinds all the time, especially if I'm filming. Great for those rainy days on fields too. For the most part, ground blinds don't bother turkeys at all...even in the wide open.
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#6129819 - 01/10/16 11:42 PM Re: Turkey Hunt From Ground Blind? [Re: Gamblinman]
Tkanderson Offline
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Registered: 05/15/15
Posts: 14
Loc: Texas
It's a great idea if you know their travel paths. If you don't it can be a pain to lug around if your ridge running.

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#6130754 - 01/11/16 03:02 PM Re: Turkey Hunt From Ground Blind? [Re: ndhunter]
CharlieCTx Offline
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Registered: 05/27/13
Posts: 780
Loc: Flower Mound, TX
Been turkey hunting twice in ground blinds, have two beards on the wall. Worked great for us.

Charlie

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#6141367 - 01/18/16 11:56 AM Re: Turkey Hunt From Ground Blind? [Re: ndhunter]
TurkeyWhisperer Offline
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Registered: 01/28/08
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Loc: Aledo, Tx
Ground blinds work great for turkey hunting. Especially for kids since they tend to move around a lot. Also good for bowhunting turkeys since it requires much more movement to draw back a bow as compared to a shotgun. The only negative is the time it takes set up/breakdown. I know it doesn't take THAT long, but if you decide to move you have to take it down and move it again.

So, for shotgun turkey hunting I just find a tree to lean against and use a small little 2' wall blind that folds up in the backpack. For bowhunting turkeys I use a pop-up blind. Either way it's turkey hunting so it's FUN!!!
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#6141705 - 01/18/16 02:46 PM Re: Turkey Hunt From Ground Blind? [Re: ndhunter]
Gamblinman Offline
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When I go on out of state hunts, I like to set up a popup blind for cold mornings or rainy days. I leave it set-up while I'm there, just in case. The rest of the time I hunt with a turkey chair and vest so I can move around. So many places here in TX and the Midwest, you spook more birds walking around then anything. In these more mature years, I like to find a good spot in a turkey rich area and just sit and call. Patience is a benefit turkey hunting.
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#6142162 - 01/18/16 07:22 PM Re: Turkey Hunt From Ground Blind? [Re: ndhunter]
JT Evans Offline
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Registered: 08/21/07
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Loc: Arlington, TX
Anytime you can use something to mask your movement is good. And it depends on where you are hunting and time of year. Fall Turkeys tend to group up and have a certain route they follow every morning. Spring Turkeys scatter out and you have to locate Gobblers in late afternoon or before daylight. We have hunted Oklahoma upper end of Broken Bow Lake (walking ridges or driving roads calling to get a Gobbler to sound off to a lease in Coleman county). Its harder to hide yourself in Mesquite country. Up in Oklahoma typically would wear tree bark upper and brown camo lower and sit down at the base of a tree. Nothing wrong a portable net that you can carry with you especially in Mesquite country. The only time I have seen birds move their roost is when you shoot them off the roost at night. The neighboring landowners used to do that down at Gouldbusk and they would push the birds up the creek our way.
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#6142649 - 01/19/16 06:50 AM Re: Turkey Hunt From Ground Blind? [Re: ndhunter]
Gamblinman Offline
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Registered: 09/02/04
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Loc: Yantis, TX
Nothing like hunting them Easterns in the hill country. Their gobbles seem so much louder then Rios in the open country.

Gman
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#6143008 - 01/19/16 10:29 AM Re: Turkey Hunt From Ground Blind? [Re: ndhunter]
Cajun Raider Offline
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Registered: 07/23/11
Posts: 486
Loc: Texas
Ground blinds have worked overtime for me, only way to go IMO, 71 yrs is too old to ridge run!
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#6143156 - 01/19/16 11:33 AM Re: Turkey Hunt From Ground Blind? [Re: Cajun Raider]
Gamblinman Offline
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Originally Posted By: Cajun Raider
Ground blinds have worked overtime for me, only way to go IMO, 71 yrs is too old to ridge run!


I hear ya. I used to chase these darn things all over hither and yon. In my younger years, I ambushed more than I called in. Now, I sit quietly and call them to me. Nothing like having a big old gobbler blow up and gobble right in your face.


Gman
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#6149932 - 01/22/16 10:02 PM Re: Turkey Hunt From Ground Blind? [Re: ndhunter]
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Registered: 12/12/11
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Loc: Grayson County
Ground blinds are great and they will not pay attention to them.
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#6155568 - 01/26/16 11:24 AM Re: Turkey Hunt From Ground Blind? [Re: ndhunter]
ndhunter Offline
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Registered: 09/03/05
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Thanks for all the feedback. I bought a ground blind to use on a temporary basis in place of my box blind for deer hunting due to some bee issues. I was going to return it but the turkey population at my lease has been stronger than years past and it occurred to me that I could use it to get closer to the turkeys with a shotgun. I have had pretty good luck last couple of springs keeping hens around and calling Toms in to my box blind. I'm hoping the popup blind will give me more options.

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