im down in southern ohio hunting around Wayne and zaleski national forests. where in these parks are the turkeys. ive hunted zaleski alot and have only had one bird gobble. any tips would be greatly appreciated
How good is your hearing? For the past several days, I have been hearing a single gobble and the bird shuts up and moves quite a distance, like 500 yards. Obviously the weather, wind etc, changes a lot and you may be hearing a single gobble and not realizing what your hearing.
It may also be timing. right now, you should be in the woods between 515 to 530am.
I've been out probably 10 times so far and only heard the traditional gobbling roosting tom, one of those mornings. Most mornings, I've heard nothing except hens on the move. If I'm lucky, I'll hear a single gobble at some point while I'm out. Just enough to give you a vague idea where he is, if you're paying attention. The hens I've seen are still milling about and the gobblers are around too, but silent as ghosts this season for some reason. It's tough out there.
Those vinton county birds are a breed of their own. They don't talk much.....I hunt in Vinton, Adams, Highland and Warren and by far the quietest birds are the vinton birds. They just don't talk much. Keep in mind vinton was one of the first counties in ohio to have birds and to be hunted.
Call me crazy, but I think over the years hunters have literally shot the gobble out of the birds. Meaning, the birds that gobble get shot and ones that don't breed hens and then their off spring have the same traits. That's my theory.
Birds in Hocking Co have been gobbling off the roost then flying down across the other side of the ridge with there hens and then shutting up. Last Friday I had one gobbling at 11 o clock on the other hill side then it never came in.
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