Hunting Turkey: What’s the Best Time of Day?

What’s the Best Time of Day for Hunting Turkey?

As avid turkey hunters know, timing is everything for bagging that prize gobbler. But what is the best time of day to hunt turkey? Learn the answer to that question, plus key tips every turkey hunter should know.


Best Time of Day to Hunt Turkey

The best time of day to hunt turkey is early in the morning, just after sunrise. This is when turkeys are most active and vocal, making it easier to locate them and call them in. Turkeys tend to roost in trees at night and fly down to the ground at first light to forage for food. 

Another good time to hunt turkey is in the late afternoon, just before sunset. Turkeys are also active during this time as they prepare to roost for the night. 

By setting up in an area where turkeys are likely to be feeding or roosting, hunters can increase their chances of a successful turkey hunt.


Bonus Tips for Turkey Hunting

1. Scouting

Scouting for the best hunting spot is critical. Knowing the terrain, roosting areas, feeding locations, and travel patterns of turkeys can greatly increase your chances of finding a trophy gobbler. Use trail cameras, map out the area, and spend time observing turkey behavior to gather valuable information.

2. Calls and Decoys

Using turkey calls and decoys can be a highly effective way to attract turkeys and bring them into shooting range. Practice different calls to mimic a variety of turkey sounds, such as gobbles, yelps, purrs, and clucks. Experiment with different decoy setups to see what works best in your hunting area.

3. Concealment

Turkeys have excellent eyesight and can spot even the slightest movement. It’s important to blend into your surroundings and use proper camouflage to remain undetected. Set up your hunting blind in a hidden location with good cover, and make sure to stay still and quiet while waiting for turkeys to approach.

4. Patience

Turkey hunting requires patience and persistence. It’s not uncommon to spend hours waiting for a shot opportunity, so be prepared to sit quietly and wait for turkeys to come to you. However, any hunter will agree that being out in the field for hours on end is honestly part of the fun. Avoid unnecessary movement or distractions that could scare off your prey.

5. Safety

Safety should always be a top priority when hunting any wild game. Be aware of your surroundings, know the location of other hunters in the area, and always identify your target before taking a shot. Follow all firearm safety rules and wear blaze orange clothing to increase your visibility to other hunters.

Turkey Hunt on Your Own Land

To recap, the best time of day to hunt turkey is early in the morning or late in the afternoon when turkeys are most active. Follow the key points above for successful turkey hunting and bring home that prized gobbler. If you’re ready to own hunting land, contact us to see what properties we have available. McMillan Land & Realty will help you find the best spot to hunt turkey all season long.

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