Driving down the road you are still seeing gobblers in full strut as they put on their best act to attract a willing hen. Dressed in black, as their feathers have a black tinge to them, the gobbler appears jet black, almost a shiny black, while the hens look more brownish out in the field.
We are heading into the final quarter of the spring gobbler hunt in the Badger State. Wisconsin turkey seasons run consecutively for five day periods since they began back in early April. It spreads out the hunting pressure and makes it like you are the only other hunter in the turkey woods. According to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wildlife technician Mike Soergel who not only manages turkeys well, he hunts them successfully. He says right now is one of the best times of year to take a big bad beautiful boasting boss gobbler! Here is what Mike had to say about the best times to hunt wild turkeys!
“I think a lot of folks believe in the misnomer that if you aren’t hunting during the first or second time periods then you are missing out of some of the best hunting for the biggest and oldest gobblers. But I think that nothing can be further from the truth. Turkey hunting is excellent all through the various time periods”
“Theoretically first period is the best and the sixth season, the last period are the best. In the first periods hens are not receptive to the breeding season and avoid the Toms and Jakes. The sixth period the hens are all sitting on the nest and the Toms are now very lonely birds and quite susceptible to hunting.”
Of course weather and the number of turkeys per farm can affect this scenario. That is why Soergel says you have to get out and scout even late in the season to see what the “action” is like on the property you intend to hunt. Are the birds susceptible on the land you intend to hunt? “You have to search these birds out. You need to spend some fuel money, do some leg work and wear out some boot leather and find those birds.