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May tactics

Unread postby Bowhunting Brian » Tue May 10, 2022 11:16 am

My time period is this week. What's your strategy for this time of year. I've never hunted this late.


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Re: May tactics

Unread postby Bowhunting Brian » Wed May 11, 2022 5:18 am

Nobody? I guess loose lips sink ships. Lol
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Re: May tactics

Unread postby greenhorndave » Wed May 11, 2022 6:54 am

Well, I'm far from a pro, but I would say walk and listen. Don't be surprised with a gobble at any time, then go to work. They're looking for love in all the wrong places without hens in tow
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Re: May tactics

Unread postby Kokes » Wed May 11, 2022 6:58 am

what are your tactics for 80+ degree warm weather? curious to hear.. guessing in shaded areas, near water, etc
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Re: May tactics

Unread postby brancher147 » Wed May 11, 2022 12:28 pm

Hunting mountains my tactic is head for the high country. It’s just getting green and still cool up there and gobblers seem to be talkative later in the season than down at low elevations
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Re: May tactics

Unread postby Moose » Thu May 12, 2022 1:49 am

Kokes wrote:what are your tactics for 80+ degree warm weather? curious to hear.. guessing in shaded areas, near water, etc

I would be interested in this also. Heat index is gonna be near 100.
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Re: May tactics

Unread postby Hawthorne » Thu May 12, 2022 2:09 am

I’ve only shot one turkey in May so I’m not much help. Gotten most of mine the last 10 days of April. The THP has videos of hunting the first week of June in Michigan. They were successful.Might help watching it
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Re: May tactics

Unread postby Naturelives » Fri May 13, 2022 6:46 pm

Walk and call. Slow down when I find sign. Usually the last couple weeks of May are best for me. Tom's are looking for the last breeding hens and are covering a lot of ground. Just need to find a tom in the right mood. I've heard people say Tom's get call shy on public by this time of the year but this is actually when calling works best for me.
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Re: May tactics

Unread postby dan » Sat May 14, 2022 2:20 am

This heat has movement to a minimum, and they are really being quiet.... Im finding more huntable movements at dawn and the last hour or two... midday they seem to be staying in timber and unresponsive. its a huge difference from just a week ago
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Re: May tactics

Unread postby dan » Sat May 14, 2022 2:21 am

observing there evening pattern and then setting up and waiting seems the best tactic right now
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Unread postby greenhorndave » Sat May 14, 2022 3:43 am

dan wrote:This heat has movement to a minimum, and they are really being quiet.... Im finding more huntable movements at dawn and the last hour or two... midday they seem to be staying in timber and unresponsive. its a huge difference from just a week ago

I go past private fields that have tons of turkeys literally all the time throughout the morning and day so I get a feel for current patterns. Mornings the first few hours (sun up to like 9-10) they’ve been somewhat active, then not much, then late afternoon in shaded strut zones. The hens have scattered, so it looks like the toms are on the prowl. Last year I also experienced quiet midday.
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Re: May tactics

Unread postby DaveT1963 » Sat May 14, 2022 7:12 am

I scout for deer, that's my May routine as we don't have good public turkey close by
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Re: May tactics

Unread postby greenhorndave » Sat May 14, 2022 2:56 pm

Interesting on the way home tonight seeing multiple gobblers flocked together in fields a few hours before sundown. Saw it a few times in different places.
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Re: May tactics

Unread postby brkissl82 » Sat May 14, 2022 4:02 pm

Yesterday it was 90 here in WI and my trail cam in a field showed the most turkeys out of any day of the year so far. Seemed like Toms were going crazy looking for nesting hens.......i was at work


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