Disrupted Turkey Hunts

Disrupted Turkey Hunts

Catch up with Jason Cruise as he delves into his experience hunting birds on private land. From the importance of patience to avoiding excessive calls, whether you're a seasoned hunter or a novice, these insights will help improve your chances of a successful hunt.



Boy, that 940 Pro has been the thing this spring. Let me tell you something, I learned a long time ago—everything I've learned is by mistakes. I've said that many times—but I saw four strutters out in this field. I love hunting after rain. I literally was waiting on it to stop raining and I slipped in here and killed this bird at about 10:00.

I'll tell you, one thing I've learned is don't freak out if something happens. I hadn't called to these birds—that's one of the first things I would tell you—don't just walk through your farm calling.

I kind of knew where I thought they'd be when I got here. Sure enough, they were in a field a long way away, strutting.

Within five minutes, here comes the farmer, and he was just checking on his cows, and they ran off.

A lot of times when I was younger, I thought, "Oh, the hunt's over. He scared them."

No! They live here, man. They don't go far. They just get in cover.

I waited an hour. I set up in this area. I knew that's where they wanted to be. I set up, I waited an hour, and when I called, about 45 minutes later, he gobbled and then he gobbled again.

Then I started working him, brought him right in, and sealed the deal.

I think the key is don't call them if you can help it. If you spot them and something happens or you bump them—I've even bumped turkeys before and just I hadn't been saying anything—so I was just another person.

Sometimes if you go silent for about an hour or an hour and a half, they'll come back around. Just treat that quietly and go from there.

About the Author

Jason Cruise

Jason Cruise is a published author and the host of Mossberg’s Rugged American Hunter series.
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