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Turkey Hunting Tips from Terry Drury

Day 3: What to Do if You Don’t Take a Turkey as Soon as He’s Flown Down with Terry Drury

Editor’s Note: Mark and Terry Drury of Drury Outdoors ( are two of the most-successful TV producers in all of outdoor television. They produce “Bow Madness,” “Dream Season,” “Wildlife Obsession” and “King of the Spring” that air on the Outdoor Channel, and “Natural Born” that airs on the Pursuit Network. They’re brothers, business partners, friends and hunting buddies.

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger ViewQuestion: Terry, what do you do when you don’t take a turkey within the first hour or so after he leaves the limb?

Terry Drury: First thing in the morning gobblers will breed hens, fight with each other and chase jakes away from the hens. Then about 9:00 or 10:00 am, the woods will get quiet, and the turkeys will settle down. Mark and I generally will go to a restaurant, eat breakfast and then return to the woods again. We have a little saying or tactic called, “feed them forward.” We know where the turkeys like to hang out in the late morning and in the middle of the day - often a strut zone or a loafing zone. We go to where the turkeys want to be, and we’ll set-out a couple of decoys, usually a gobbler and a hen. Even though Mark is a World Champion turkey caller, knowing where the turkeys want to be and getting to that place before they do is much-more effective than fancy calling. We mix up our decoys too, depending on when we’re hunting during the season. We know when to set-out King Strut decoy, when to put out our hen decoy, the Shady Lady, and when to put out a jake decoy (

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger ViewSometime we won’t call at all. We just wait for the gobbler to show-up. We even may switch between taking a nap and looking for the turkey. Mark also may cluck and purr to sound like a disinterested hen that’s feeding. We just want the gobbler to know that there’s some turkeys where he’s accustomed to turkeys being, and they’re staying in that same area where he always meets them. We want to become a part of that turkey’s natural daily routine. Ninety-eight percent of the time, woodsmanship will pay more turkey dividends than great calling will.

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John Phillips, winner of the 2012 Homer Circle Fishing Award for outstanding fishing writer by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA), the 2008 Crossbow Communicator of the year and the 2007 Legendary Communicator chosen for induction into the National Fresh Water Hall of Fame, is a freelance writer (over 6,000 magazine articles for about 100 magazines and several thousand newspaper columns published), magazine editor, photographer for print media as well as industry catalogues (over 25,000 photos published), lecturer, outdoor consultant, marketing consultant, book author and daily internet content provider with an overview of the outdoors. Click here for more information and a list of all the books available from John E. Phillips.

Tomorrow: Better Guns, Shells, Chokes and Optics for Hunting Turkeys with Terry Drury

Check back each day this week for more about Turkey Hunting Tips from Terry Drury

Day 1: Terry Drury Says Mossy Oak’s Toxey Haas Called in the First Turkey He Ever Shot
Day 2: Terry Drury on Getting Close to Take a Turkey’s Temperature
Day 3: What to Do if You Don’t Take a Turkey as Soon as He’s Flown Down with Terry Drury
Day 4: Better Guns, Shells, Chokes and Optics for Hunting Turkeys with Terry Drury
Day 5: Terry Drury on Why to Scope Your Turkey Shotgun

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Entry 815, Day 3