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NWTF Turkey Hunting Tips and Tactics
- Set up against a tree that is greater in diameter than the width of your shoulders and taller than your head whenever possible for maximum safety.
- Should you see other hunters (especially close to your line of sight) call out to them in a loud, clear voice. Their presence has already compromised your location and a soft call may only confuse them instead of alerting them to your presence.
- From a seated position, identify the clearest line of vision to your front. Establish a sight line that allows you 100 yards visibility. Then set your decoy(s) approximately 20 yards from your position on the line.
- If you are calling over decoys and elect to move to a new location, check carefully to ensure that no one is stalking your decoys. Check before leaving your set up. Should you see someone in the area, call out to them in a loud, clear voice.
Make a Pill Bottle Caller
A tube caller can easily be fashioned from a plastic pill bottle. A snap-on lid works best.
- Use a sharp knife to cut a half moon shape through the lid.
- Turn the bottle over and cut a small hole into the bottom. It can be made with a hot knife point or ice pick. The larger the hole, the greater the volume.
- Cut a piece of thin balloon or latex and place it over the open end of the bottle. Replace the lid, making sure the straight edge of the rubber is aligned with the cut edge of the lid.
Tone is varied by increasing or decreasing the tension of the latex. To make it yelp, place your lower lip against the rim of the lid, with your upper lip barely touching the rubber. Exhale sharply on the rubber to make it vibrate.
Estimating when a gobbler is within range is easy, if you practice. Range estimation is a skill that must be learned through repetitive practice. A lot of novice turkey hunters do their homework—practice calling, pattern their guns and outfit themselves in full camo—only to go afield without a skill that is equally as important.
It has been proven in military field tests that the average person estimates range with a probable error of 30 percent. If the average untrained person has a 30 percent error handicap it’s a pretty sure bet that a lot of turkey hunters go afield ill-prepared.
Borrowing a method from the bow hunting fraternity is the simplest way to accurately judge distance. Several range-finding devices are available to help you estimate distance. When a gobbler is coming to your call is obviously not the time to try out a range finder. Find various landmarks, trees, rocks, etc., to note distance when you first set up. By the time a tom strolls within range you should be ready to shoot rather than squinting through a peephole.
If you go the route of using a range finder, don’t make the mistake of trying it out the first time the morning you go turkey hunting. A little practice at home will go a long way toward success later.
There’s another method that works well if you don’t choose to use a range finder. Have a partner place a turkey decoy at an unknown distance in the woods, sit down and guess the yardage. Vary the terrain, lighting conditions, thickness—or lack of—brush to offer true hunting situations. Remember to sit down to estimate range because things look deceptively different from different heights. Take turns at this game and your range estimation will dramatically improve. Several NWTF chapters have incorporated this game into their JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) youth events with a lot of success.
Accurate range estimation could help you in another way as well. There seems to be a threshold at about 25 to 30 yards where mistakes, usually hunter movement, seem to be more critical than when a gobbler is beyond this distance. When a bird walks into this “hyper zone” practically any hunter movement can spell disaster. On several occasions this writer has watched birds within gun range, but beyond 25 yards, hesitate when they see something they don’t like and often calm back down if they don’t see something to confirm their fears. Inside 25 yards, a gobbler’s best judgment is full retreat if he becomes suspicious. This isn’t a hard and fast rule, but it’s something to consider when afield.
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Feral Swine Hunting Regulations
Ohio and federal hunting laws are presented in a summarized form. Ohio laws in their entirety can be found by consulting the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) or the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC). These laws are subject to change. It is the responsibility of the hunter to be aware of the most current laws when hunting.
Feral swine are a non-native, invasive species. Feral swine are also known as wild boar, feral hogs and feral pigs.
Hunters are encouraged to report all sightings to the Ohio Division of Wildlife at 1-800-WILDLIFE (1-800-945-3543), firstname.lastname@example.org, or via the online Wildlife Species Sighting Report page.
Feral swine have no bag limit and no closed season. You must possess a valid hunting license to hunt feral swine.
If hunted during the deer gun season, hours and legal hunting devices are the same as for deer gun season. Rifles and night vision scopes are legal for feral swine hunting; however, rifles and night hunting between 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise are prohibited during any deer gun and deer muzzleloader seasons.
It is illegal to transport a trapped feral swine in Ohio. It is legal to live trap feral swine at any time, provide the feral swine are immediately euthanized at the trap location. It is illegal to use a foothold trap or snare for feral swine.