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1.) Deerminator - 05/06/2014
Try'n to figure out turkey behavior. We can only hunt until noon here in NY.
Light rain doesn't seem to bother them at all. Is all I know.

SO how does a cold almost frosty morning effect the turkey behavior for that morning?

What type of morning do the birds seem more active than other mornings?

And windy mornings as well. Dioes a breeze seem OK while WIND not so much?

Over cast-vs Sunny ---?

Why is it that some times there's activity in the early mornings while other times it seems like it's the late morning that has the activity?
Then the next day nothing---dead silent no birds:cf:
2.) Deerminator - 05/06/2014
I said [B]e[/B]weather
3.) NEBigAl - 05/06/2014
I always feel like a dreary rainy day brings em in closer and faster, but quieter too.

A good windy day is excellent for sneaking up on em too
4.) bluecat - 05/06/2014
The only thing that I know that is certain is when it's hot, they will duck into the shade. Those black feathers really soak up the heat.

I've had them come in very windy conditions too. Good luck.
5.) Swamp Fox - 05/06/2014
I don't like a lot of wind for run-and-gun because you can't hear them well. They can hear you, though. I have no problem plopping down and calling in high wind, even soft purring and clucking. You are at a disadvantage to hear them coming, though, for sure. I like to be watching an open area in wind for that reason, plus there's the old piece of advice that turkeys are very spooky in the woods from all the wind movement, so they move into the open. This seems more true than not.

I know guys who really like cold and frosty. Can't say I have a lot of experience with it, though, LOL. From being in the woods pre-season and on a few odd mornings here and in Nebraska in March, cold-ish weather isn't a turn-off. They gobble on chilly mornings as well as on warm ones, if they're going to gobble at all. I'd rather have a high or rising barometer than a low or falling one for gobbling, though, and I don't expect good gobbling three days in a row no matter what the weather. Even two days in a row is a miracle, a lot of times. I do believe turkeys can "gobble out." I don't think sunny vs. overcast makes any difference on anything (activity, gobbling, etc.). For me, it's the barometer, and of course the phase of the season. Gobbling will go quiet if hens are easily gathered, if subordinate toms get kicked around by a dominant gobbler, or if jakes and/or 1- 2- year olds are few/shot out. They're the ones that are most vocal. I also think some toms don't think they have to gobble. They just like to strut in the open and let the girls find them.

Time of day is all about the hens and your location in your hunting area. The turkeys always fly down relatively early (assuming they are not spooked or walked in on) and they always go to feed. Our job is to be in the right spot along the route. I think they might be slightly more predictable in the early part of my season than they are later, but that might also be because they switch patterns and I don't pick up on it too fast. I've seen them completely abandon fields they were all over just two weeks prior. They find food elsewhere, or whatever's in the field gets too high (e.g. wheat), or they start hanging out in a different area because that's where they have their nests.

But I mean, like, who really nos all this stuff anyway?

6.) Swamp Fox - 05/06/2014
Also, you might be able to find info on gobbling peaks and activity patterns from your DNR.

Here's one resource:


I don't take all of it as gospel (actually haven't read it recently, so I'm posting it "blind"), but it's a place to start for your original question.

Also, the National Wild Turkey Federation is likely to have info you can use on their website.
7.) Hunter - 05/06/2014
Different species have different behaviors also. I've found that these Rios are much more vocal than the Osceolas,
8.) Deerminator - 05/06/2014
Good stuff keep it com'n
9.) Ventilator - 05/06/2014
[QUOTE=Hunter;19502]Different species have different behaviors also. I've found that these Rios are much more vocal than the Osceolas,[/QUOTE]

Understatement of the last couple centuries im betting!