If you’ve been reading our blog for awhile, you guys are probably aware of our love for turkey. If not, we here at Pro-Tracker LOVE us some wild turkey. Homemade turkey bacon, turkey burgers, turkey jerky; chances are if anywhere in the contents it include wild turkey we have at one point or another tried to stuff it in our collective faces. That being said, one of our favorite traditions is going on a fall turkey hunt for our Thanksgiving turkey. Unfortunately, when you tell your family you’re going out to bring home a key aspect of your holiday feast there are expectations that you will, in fact, bring home a beautiful bird. This pressure can sometimes throw you off your hunting game, but fear not friends. We here at Pro-Tracker will help save the day by offering you our Top 5 Fall Turkey Tips to help make sure you’re bird is the highlight of this year’s fantastic feast!
1. Charge that Pro-Tracker! Did you know that you can even use our Pro-Tracker, Ultimate Recovery System on small game, like a turkey? Well, you certainly can! This is incredibly helpful in case you get in a bad shot and your bird takes flight, or as tricky turkeys often do, launches into the air or speedily flees into some heavy coverage brush. No one wants to come home empty handed because they had a bad shot and their turkey had little or no blood to follow.
2. Do not underestimate the need for scouting. Pre-scouting in the fall is an absolute must. As there is less food, the flock will need to cover a much broader area in order to find sustenance. Turkeys as a whole are often a lot quieter in the fall as well, so knowing what to look for is important. You’ll want to keep a keen eye out for turkey scratching, feathers, and droppings. The more scratching, the more likely that that area is frequently traversed by the flock and would be a good place to set yourself up.
3. Do not underestimate the power of calling. Especially in the fall, a lot of people tend to rush in and break up groups of birds, similar to flushing out a pheasant, in the hopes that the birds will go in all different directions and then slowly trickle back to your location to regroup. While this can work, it’s tricky business and doesn’t guarantee that they birds will break properly or that they will actually return to your location. Rather we’ve found that if you exhibit some patience you’ll have much more success. Set up in a good location, where you’re hidden but still have a clear view of an area where there is evidence of a flock, and just begin to call. Make sure to start your call off in a plaintive manner and then try to match the tone/cadence of any responses to be extra convincing. Chances are it will draw some birds into your area. Don’t shoot the first ones though unless they look like a winner; since turkeys like to flock where one turkey goes, others are soon to follow.
4. Embrace the dummies. Turkeys are a bit odd in that they like to flock, but are also quite territorial and a bit aggressive. This means that once you shoot a turkey, the likelihood of another turkey hopping on top of them like they are playing ‘king of the mountain’ is pretty high. Play off of this aspect of their nature by placing a few dummies out in prone or weakened positions on the ground. Once your birds come in from your amazing calls, there is a good chance one or two will set up camp on top of your dummies and will also help to give you a great shot.
5. Aim for closer range and use the right tip. Using a blind can be helpful this time of year, especially because if you want your best chance to hit your bird you’re going to want to be within around 20 yards. You’re also going to want to make sure your point is geared towards turkey hunting so that you don’t unintentionally decimate your dinner due to too large of a tip.
Our last tip is to remember to be grateful. Life gets so hectic from time to time that many of us forget to take time to look around and realize all the blessings we have around us. So, this Thanksgiving, remember to stop and smell the roses, to smile at your kiddos crazy antics, and to enjoy your Thanksgiving feast; even if the bird is a little burnt and Uncle Fred forgot the stuffing. Happy Thanksgiving everyone, from our family to yours!
The Pro-Tracker® Transmitter is a rechargeable, lightweight, water resistant transmitter that disengages from the arrow upon impact; allowing for pass-throughs. The transmitter hooks into the animal’s hide and begins sending Radio Frequency (RF) signals every three seconds for the duration of the battery life (10-12 hours). You will need the Pro-Tracker® Receiver to read and track the signal.
The Carrier is what screws into your arrow and holds the transmitter. It is aerodynamically designed to compensate for the weight and shape of the transmitter. Meaning minimal adjustments to your equipment for the same precision. This item comes in a pack of four.
The Pro-Tracker® Radio Frequency (RF) Receiver is a compact system with an easy to attach antenna. This state of the art receiver can track up to 6 different transmitter signals at the same time. Displaying signal strength, transmitter number, current time, time spent tracking, and current battery life, all on a easy to read LED screen. Available only in the Pro-Tracker© System
The Pro-Tracker® custom metal carrying case helps you keep track of your Pro-Tracker system and ensures everything stays together. Its lightweight and durable design ensures your equipment is protected while being as easy as possible to carry during your hunting trip and recovering your trophy.
This dual-charging station allows you to charge up to two transmitters at a time. It includes both a USB and outlet adapter. The outlet adapter allows you to charge your transmitters at home while the USB adapters allow you to charge your transmiters in your truck for extended hunting trips.
The patented Pro-Tracker® Recovery System will help you locate your kill with durable, state of the art technology. The compact system can track 6 different transmitters while using the same RF receiver with an easy to read LED screen. Best of all, our transmitters don’t require the purchase of batteries and can be recharged both at home and out in the field.
The Pro-Tracker® System has been field tested by top experts in the archery industry. With the Pro-Tracker® Archery System you’ll see virtually no difference in the trajectory of your arrow because of the aerodynamic carrier. Tests have shown the Pro-Tracker® Recovery System will give you many hours of use and the precision to recovery your trophy.
In the reports, we found that while many of the deer either die (Ditchkoff) or are recovered within 24 hours (Pedersen), that some can survive 5-7 days with wounds before they perish. When looking at these numbers and percentages for any individual state, the number of animals that are not recovered seems miniscule. However once you look at the entire population of bow hunters within the United States alone, the amount becomes much more significant (Ditchkoff). This more significant number of unrecovered animals has been causing animal rights and anti-hunting activists to state that bow hunting is both cruel and inhumane. It is because of this that the Pro-Tracker was invented. Our goal is to eliminate the possibility of losing even one animal while maintaining the integrity of the hunt. Pro-Tracker has been in use since 2010 and thus far we have a 100% accuracy rate in animal recovery. The Pro-Tracker system, while not ideal for every hunter, is thus far supporting the goal of striving to ensure bow hunting is appreciated for the skill it requires and given the support it deserves, rather than seen in a negative light. With technology and advancement in the archery industry, we can help in recovering the animals wounded and work to improve the loss rate. We all have a responsibility to the natural resources we are given; no one is perfect every time. Accidents do happen, and we need to be prepared for those occasions.
1. Ditchkoff, Stephen S., Edgar R. Welch Jr., Robert L. Lochmiller, Ronald E. Masters, William R. Starry, William C. Dinkines. 1998. Wounding of White-tailed Deer with Traditional Archery Equipment. Proc. Annu. Conf. Southeast. Assoc. Fish and Wildl. Agencies 52:244-248. Website: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ronald_Masters/publication/237609363_Wounding_Rates_of_Whitetailed_Deer_
2. Pedersen, Andy M., Seth Berry, Jeffrey C. Bossart. 2008. Wounding Rates of White –tailed Deer with Modern Archery Equipment. Proc. Annu. Conf. Southeast. Assoc. Fish and Wildl. Agencies 62:31–34