Why Woodsmanship Is the Most-Important Key to Taking Gobblers
By John E. Phillips
USA -(AmmoLand.com)- Woodsmanship is the key to turkey-hunting success.
I define woodsmanship as the hunter’s ability to learn all he can about the woods he’ll hunt. A good woodsman scouts for turkeys when he’s squirrel hunting, deer hunting and any time he’s in the woods. A good woodsman is one who’s constantly thinking about where turkeys will be during the spring.
He’s someone who knows where every stream, clearing, thicket, fence, pond and puddle is located in the woods he hunts. Your knowing the lay of the land prevents turkeys from getting hung-up and not coming when you call them.
Most of the time turkeys won’t come to your calling due to natural barriers the turkeys don’t want to cross.
If you know your woods, when you hear a turkey gobble and begin coming to you, you’ll immediately be able to see in your mind’s eye what will cause that turkey to stop coming to you or to go around you. Then you either can change your calling position, so that the turkey may reach you by a different route, or, you’ll cross that barrier well ahead …Read the Rest