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. Our Aluminum Carriers are made from a 7075 aluminum alloy which is typically used in aerospace programs. It is the strongest aluminum alloy in the market and made to resist high velocity impacts.
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 an easy to read LED screen. Available only in the Pro-Tracker® System
The Pro-Tracker® Custom 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 trophy with durable state-of-the-art technology.
The compact receiver can track up to 6 different transmitters at once. Displaying signal strength, transmitter number, current time, time spent tracking, and current battery life, all on a easy to read backlit LED screen. By watching the receiver you can even determine if the animal is moving or is stationary.
Once activated upon impact with the target the transmitters have a 12 hour battery life. They are also waterproof and rechargeable so they can be reused over and over again. They come with a charging station that can be plugged into wall outlets or vehicle USB ports for extended hunting trips.
The Pro-Tracker® System has been field tested by top experts in the archery industry. With the Pro-Tracker® System you’ll see virtually no difference in the trajectory of your arrow because of the aerodynamic and lightweight design of the carriers and transmitters.
Tests have even shown the system does not impact the level of penetration the arrow has. The Pro-Tracker® System has the durability and precision to recover your trophy.
Not only does the Pro-Tracker® system not interfere with ethical shots, but numerous wounded loss studies have shown just how much it is needed in bowhunting. According to one study done by the Oklahoma Fish and Wildlife Agency, 50% of deer that were shot were never recovered.
There are many reasons why it could become nearly impossible to recover an animal. Sometimes game only bleed internally and don’t leave a blood trail, or flee into impossible terrain. Sometimes the weather takes a sudden turn.
Whatever the reason, the Pro-Tracker® System is designed to overcome these obstacles and recover the animal without detracting from the method in which you choose to hunt. Whether in a tree stand, ground blind, or stalking your favorite game, the Pro-Tracker® System is the one sure method for the ethical recovery of all wounded game.
Q. Is the Pro-Tracker® Legal in my State?
A. ‡ Indicates states where we believe based on our reading of the State regulations the use of the Pro-Tracker System are prohibited. In no way is this considered to be a legal opinion.
‡ Alaska: No
Arizona: Use at your own discretion (unlawful to use electronic night vision equipment, electronically enhanced light-gathering devices, thermal imaging devices or laser sights; except for devices such as laser range finders, scopes with self illuminating reticles, and fiber optic sights with self-illuminating sights or pins that do not project a visible light onto an animal. I is unlawful to use tracking devices to aid in the taking of wild game).
‡ Arkansas: No (It is unlawful to use electronic tracking devices to locate wildlife or computer assisted hunting equipment)
California: Use at own discretion (has several municipalities, most of which have their own additions or addendums in regards to legal hunting equipment)
Colorado: Use at own discretion (Colorado does have specific restrictions in regards to battery operated equipment on bows and arrows. Tracking devices, specifically, are not mentioned in the regulatory manual).
Georgia: Use at own discretion (it is unlawful to kill or cripple game without reasonable efforts to retrieve. Unlawful to use electronic communications equipment to aid in the pursuit of game).
‡ Idaho: No (cannot take big game with aid of radio telemetry)
Illinois: No (electronic devices, including but not limited to those that use radio telemetry, are not permitted)
Iowa: Use at your own discretion (it is unlawful to use dogs, domestic animals, bait, radios, handguns, rifles and crossbows , automobiles, aircraft, electronic calls or any mechanical conveyance or device to hunt deer. You cannot use a two-way mobile radio transmitter to communicate the location or direction of game or furbearing animals, or to coordinate the movement of other hunters).
‡ Kentucky: No
‡ Minnesota: Yes
‡ Montana: No (electronic or battery-powered devices attached to a hunting bow. – A bow sight or arrow which uses artificial light, luminous chemicals such as tritium, or electronics).
Nevada: No (it is unlawful to hunt any wildlife with an arrow that has any chemical, explosive, or electronic devices attached).
New Hampshire: Yes
New Jersey: Yes
New Mexico: Yes
‡ New York: Yes
‡ North Carolina: Yes
‡ North Dakota: Use at your own discretion (Telescopic sights, range finding devices, battery- powered or electronically lighted sights or other electronic devices attached to the bow, or the arrow, are not permitted (exception: lighted nocks and recording devices which do not aid in range finding, sighting or shooting the bow are permitted). Handheld range finding devices are legal).
‡ Oregon: No (electronic devices may not be attached to bow or arrow).
South Carolina: Yes
‡ South Dakota: Yes
‡ Washington: No (It is unlawful to have any electrical equipment or electric device(s), except for illuminated nocks, attached to the bow or arrow while hunting).
West Virginia: Yes
*Disclaimer: This research was obtained by the staff of Pro-Tracker and is not to be considered a legal representation as to law. When using the Pro-Tracker system the user must assume any responsibility as to the State regulations that they are in. This is only a guide.