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Old February 22, 2013, 02:25 PM   #1
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Best Way To Attract Turkey?

I'm looking to attract turkey to my land, what are the best ways? Just looking for ideas, thanks!
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Old February 22, 2013, 03:26 PM   #2
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Corn feeders work good but in most states that allow supplemental feeding, e feeders have to be removed before hunting season.

A better way is with food plots using food that turkeys eat.
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Old February 22, 2013, 06:23 PM   #3
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Food plots and supplemental feeding are good, but there are other things turkeys require too. If you are in a northern latitude where it gets below freezing for periods of time, turkeys need water to be able to process the food they find and create the body heat needed to prevent them from freezing to death during the cold winter months. This means a spring or some other form of water that is always open. Then there are desirable roost trees. While turkeys will travel long distances to obtain food, they generally return to areas that have preferred roosting trees. These areas hold birds year after year regardless of the food crops around them. Southern exposure during the fall means bugs will be active later into the year, along with easier scratching thru snow in the winter. It also means faster greening up in the spring. Hens need high protein greens early in the spring to stimulate egg laying. This too is more important in the northern areas of their range. They also prefer certain types of terrain and habitat that cannot always be easily changed. This means you can't always draw turkeys to a particular small area, regardless of what you do. During breeding and hunting seasons, giving turkeys an area where they are not continuously harassed or spooked keeps them close. In other words, come the middle of hunting season, one will find the most turkeys in areas where they are disturbed the least. This does not necessarily mean hunted the least. Gettin' in and out without being noticed or spooking birds is the key.
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Old February 22, 2013, 06:27 PM   #4
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This stuff and this guy happens to be right up the road from me...

http://www.chufa.com/

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Old February 22, 2013, 06:32 PM   #5
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Chufas are a type of ground nut, and in a recent thread I recommended ground nuts to attract turkeys. They are high in protein and taste great, and as long as you have water the thurkeys will stay pretty close to your plot.

And no, Brent, ground nuts don't hurt at all.
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Old February 22, 2013, 07:25 PM   #6
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I'm looking to attract turkey to my land, what are the best ways?
Set up a deer feeder and a hog trap.

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Old February 22, 2013, 07:28 PM   #7
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Thanks!

Appreciate the replies, but I live in Florida. Anything different about that?
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Old February 22, 2013, 08:03 PM   #8
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Appreciate the replies, but I live in Florida. Anything different about that?
Yes. No hunting turkeys within either line of sight or 200 yds of a feeder.
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Old February 22, 2013, 09:09 PM   #9
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I go to Publix and get a fresh Butterball.
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Old February 23, 2013, 10:16 AM   #10
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Hogdogs is spot on about the chufa. Too, chicory and sunflowers are excellent as well.
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Old February 23, 2013, 10:27 AM   #11
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Mauser8mm....you have another thread here asking about attracting deer and hogs. This makes me believe you may be a new hunter. While there has been a great amount of hype in the last few years about feeding, food plots and other ways of attracting and holding game in a specific area, my experience has been that one needs to know the game and the area first. Then one knows what is needed. Sometimes nothing is really needed to be successful other than that basic knowledge. In many cases, the feeders/food plots/attractants are just a substitute for that basic knowledge.
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Old February 23, 2013, 10:42 AM   #12
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The best way to attract Turkeys.

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Hide in the bushes and make noise like corn kernels. Sorry, couldn't resist.
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