Understanding The King of Spring


Hearing the spine-tingling course of a gobbler is the real thrill of any spring gobbler hunt but outsmarting and harvesting a gobbler is the ultimate challenge and experience. Locating and calling up your spring gobbler will prove far easier and much more fun and meaningful if you understand spring and the habits of gobblers at this time of year. In any good turkey country, there are many more gobblers than required for reproduction needs. Spring Gobbler seasons are usually held during only a brief window of the spring mating season

As the season pushes on a lonesome gobbler is normally a loud gobbler.

Gobbler Haunts

In the spring gobblers tend to cover a large area in search of hens and prime feeding locations and each individual gobbler will seek to establish his own area and harem of hens. These areas are frequently held to the course of thundering gobbles and the marching of a love-sick fool. Some gobblers will gobble continuously from the crack of dawn until mid or late morning. These gobblers are very easy to locate and usually have no hens roosted nearby. Other gobblers roosting with hens may only give a few courtesy gobbles off the roost or as they normally do have a case of lock jaw. Gobbling and strutting and occasional fights slowly increase in frequency as breeding intensifies, but all activity is centered around breeding flocks. Their showing off is not for the benefit of the hens, who could care less at this point, but solely to deter other toms from infringing on their harem.

Vulnerability Increases Daily

Following minor peaks in gobbling is peak breeding. This period, during mid-March and into early May, often offers challenging hunting opportunities because hens are with gobblers most of the day for breeding purposes and gobbling activity is sparse and inconsistent. They will be much more vulnerable when these groups begin to break up and hens begin sneaking off to lay her clutch of eggs. As the season pushes on a lonesome gobbler is normally a loud gobbler. This is great news for hunters, because those lonely toms will be gobbling more and coming in easier to calling hunters. That doesn’t guarantee success, of course. But, gobblers’ vulnerability to hunters increases as their “go-to harem of hens” drop out of circulation and the competition for those remaining breeding hens becomes greater.

Some gobblers will gobble continuously from the crack of dawn until mid or late morning.

Hunt The Full Season

The gobblers’ vulnerability to hunters increases when hens begin to nest earlier, because their normal gaggle of hens is reduced as nesting hens drop out of the dating pool and competition among gobblers grows more intense for available hens. Although few Spring Gobblers can ever be described as easy for hunters to call in and kill, a lack of interested hens could make for some lonely toms that could be gobbling more in search of hens and coming a bit more eagerly to hunters’ calls. You can many times judge what an individual gobbler will do by the way he responds to your first series of calls.

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Jason Ashe
Jason Ashe is an avid whitetail deer enthusiast and avid hunter from the finger lakes region of New York. A full time social media specialist in the outdoor industry and habitat specialist with Mid-Lakes Whitetails, Jason has been featured in such publications as Quality Whitetails numorouse times and been paired with hunting greats in Outdoor Life for his knowledge and passion for hunting mature deer. Turkeys, Coyotes also top the list of game that Jason pursues in any down time he has from whitetails. He consideres himself lucky to have whitetails and hunting be a part of everyday life. His wife Laura also shares in his passions along with their 2 children.