First light, mid-day, or late afternoon

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When do you do your best turkey killing

Early morning
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47%
Late morning/mid day
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49%
Evenings
3
4%
 
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Re: First light, mid-day, or late afternoon

Unread postby Haus86 » Fri Mar 04, 2011 1:31 pm

I have to vote for first light. I love to cut and run mid morning, but nothing beats getting in close to a couple of toms at first light.
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Re: First light, mid-day, or late afternoon

Unread postby matt1336 » Fri Mar 04, 2011 3:13 pm

First light is the coolest time. 10-3 is the deadliest for me.
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Re: First light, mid-day, or late afternoon

Unread postby Dewey » Fri Mar 04, 2011 8:51 pm

WOW!!...these answers have really been a learning experience for me. :shock: I just started getting serious about turkey hunting a few years ago. Looks like I have been doing it all wrong by hunting hard early morning and quitting by late morning. Didn't draw a tag this year but you can bet I will be focusing on mid-day next season!
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Re: First light, mid-day, or late afternoon

Unread postby Wrinkleneck » Fri Mar 04, 2011 11:46 pm

Dewey wrote:WOW!!...these answers have really been a learning experience for me. :shock: I just started getting serious about turkey hunting a few years ago. Looks like I have been doing it all wrong by hunting hard early morning and quitting by late morning. Didn't draw a tag this year but you can bet I will be focusing on mid-day next season!


They go on sale over the counter sometime towards the end of the month. Maybe you could pickup a tag for a different season or different area. Check the WIDNR website for over the counter sale dates and times maybe you will find something that works for you.
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Re: First light, mid-day, or late afternoon

Unread postby Hilts » Sat Mar 05, 2011 1:51 am

Like many have said, sunrise is an amazing time to be in the woods, but as far as tagging out mid-day has been much more productive for me.
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Re: First light, mid-day, or late afternoon

Unread postby Brandon » Sat Mar 05, 2011 3:41 am

Spysar wrote:First light while the bird is still on the roost is the best time to kill one. In NY the season closes at noon daily. The second best time is after 10:00, if you can find one gobbleing. They are easy to call in then if they are looking for a hen.


This is exactly how I feel.... only thing i would add is if you cant call in any of the gobblers at fly down time, come back at 10... they will rememebr and the hens they where with may have went to nest.... that is why guys have success in mid morning.... the hens left the toms.

i can only hunt to noon, but this season last 2 weeks is all day.
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Re: First light, mid-day, or late afternoon

Unread postby Stuart » Fri Mar 18, 2011 12:48 pm

:shock: not a bird turkey hunter and did not know that!
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Re: First light, mid-day, or late afternoon

Unread postby muddy » Fri Mar 18, 2011 3:12 pm

Zap wrote:This spring will be my first go around with them.
Thanks for the info.

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Seriously Zap? Kansas is freaking amazing hunting when you get on ground with good numbers. That early archery season is KILLER!
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Re: First light, mid-day, or late afternoon

Unread postby muddy » Fri Mar 18, 2011 3:13 pm

Here in Iowa I'm a huge fan of afternoons. In most of my experiences the gobblers don't roost right in with the hens (they sometimes do) and if you can find his roost tree and set up a hundred yards from it you're golden. I cant' lock down a "best time" to kill for me though, killed birds all day long over the years.
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Re: First light, mid-day, or late afternoon

Unread postby BigHunt » Sun Mar 31, 2013 2:59 pm

i like to kill birds any time of day but my favorite time is right away in the mourning! right off the roost!!! in a way its like setting up on a bedded buck knowing hes there just waiting for him to step out to get a crack at him 8-)
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Re: First light, mid-day, or late afternoon

Unread postby gjs4 » Sun Mar 31, 2013 3:15 pm

Ack wrote:I truly feel sorry for those who can only hunt until noon......you have no idea the amount of "mature bird" action you are missing out on!


Most upstate NYers wonder why they live there; surely i do


For me it is the first 45 min of light or 10:30-noon......depends on weather, foilage thickness and my tolerance of swamp skeeters
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Re: First light, mid-day, or late afternoon

Unread postby BigHunt » Sun Mar 31, 2013 3:21 pm

Dewey wrote:WOW!!...these answers have really been a learning experience for me. :shock: I just started getting serious about turkey hunting a few years ago. Looks like I have been doing it all wrong by hunting hard early morning and quitting by late morning. Didn't draw a tag this year but you can bet I will be focusing on mid-day next season!

ive have killed numerous turkeys mid mourning in late season! hens leave the toms to go sit on there nests and what ever else they do during the day leaving the love hungry toms out by them self's ... :lol: works out pretty good, i sleep in till 9am or so wake up, go out listen for some gobbling or drive around and check Fields until i find a lonely tom, sneak in and put the smack down on them... :twisted:
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Re: First light, mid-day, or late afternoon

Unread postby Stanley » Sun Mar 31, 2013 4:28 pm

I like between 10 and 2
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