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First year for PA Spring Gobbler, looking to plan

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I want to do a spring gobbler hunt this year, I have never hunted turkeys before so I was planning to hire a guide/go to an outfitter, but something came up and I won鈥檛 have the $ to do that. Instead I鈥檓 hoping to be able to plan a public land hunt. Anyone know of any good public lands in South East, Central or North East PA for turkey hunting? Keep in mind that I don鈥檛 have any experience hunting turkey, so general turkey hunting tips will be much appreciated as well.
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I can鈥檛 help you but the number one thing you need to do is make sure you identify your target and enjoy the spring woods. Good luck!
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I don t hunt public land too often...but can point you to a spot..but you ll have to do your scouting...I also hunt in 5c&5d...
Honkers, if you could point me in the right direction that would be great.
bucksbeware said:
I want to do a spring gobbler hunt this year, I have never hunted turkeys before so I was planning to hire a guide/go to an outfitter, but something came up and I won鈥檛 have the $ to do that. Instead I鈥檓 hoping to be able to plan a public land hunt. Anyone know of any good public lands in South East, Central or North East PA for turkey hunting? Keep in mind that I don鈥檛 have any experience hunting turkey, so general turkey hunting tips will be much appreciated as well.

DON'T DO IT!!!! You'll never be the same again, you won't be able to sleep, you'll be run down and worn out, all you'll think about is turkeys, turkeys, turkeys.
lol, I see your a self described turkey huntin addict 鈥 HI MOSS
Moss hit it on the head. The spring gobbler hunting thing is very addictive and you have already been bitten. You will lose sleep and much of your money will go to more turkey hunting stuff. You see I got it bad as I prefer to hunt turkeys most of all now. I even travel to other states to hunt. Now most of my deer hunting is actually scouting for turkey spots. Dang this is the best addiction I ever had. Just beware this could happen to you too.
Like the others have said, beware. This thing called turkey hunting WILL consume you!
bucksbeware said:
Keep in mind that I don鈥檛 have any experience hunting turkey, so general turkey hunting tips will be much appreciated as well.
I haven't hunted in the general areas you mentioned, but I can tell you that, starting from scratch as you are, THE biggest factor in your success will likely be how much time you can put into scouting. You may luck out and show up at a new spot & find turkeys all over the place, but by scouting before the season, you can know where those turkeys like to spend their time. For a newbie, that knowledge is more than half the battle, IMO.
Hey bucksbeware if you arent too far from Ft Indiantown Gap im very familiar with the area over here as well as a seasoned vet with the elusive gobblers, and would love to spend some time with you this winter/spring leading up to the season will show you what i know and have learned, as well as take you hunting this spring as well, you shoot ill run the camera! PM me if you want to! talk to you soon
I'm also going to be making my first attempt at spring turkey this season. Wasn't there a sticky someone came up with for tips for a first timer? I've done fall turkey but that's just me carrying a gun as I'm scouting for deer.
Just some basic advise. get out and run the roads try and locate turkeys in fields or crossing roads way before season. as soon as you see an area with turkeys try and get permission if it is private land even if you don't end up hunting it. If you wait until a week before you might miss out on an opportunity. ask the people with posted signs sometimes they don't mind turkey hunters just deer hunting. once you find an area with turkeys get up early and go listen. the gobblers in my area are like clock work. they will gobble from 5:45 to 6:15 every day. start at the road listening and try to pinpoint where they are at. if you don't hear anything from the road, move in a little closer the next day. keep and eye on the trees at the edge if they are roosting trees. roosting trees usually have limbs that are horizontal to the ground, hemlocks are a favorite. I try to get as close as i can 50 yrds or less. the father away you are the more that can go wrong. cherry woods are usually good, ridges, edges of fields.
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Get plenty of sleep this winter, because it's hard to come by in April and May!!!
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Also play with different calls now and get a little practice in.
Jason Zimmerman said:
Also play with different calls now and get a little practice in.
Pattern you gun, know your range and stick to it when hunting.
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