Play it safe
Safety in turkey hunting can never be stressed too much, no matter where you hunt. When you hunt a farm, find out from the owner if anyone else will be hunting there while you do. Try to hunt the farm alone. Certain setups, such as lying in a depression with decoys all about you, can be an irresistible invitation to an unknowing hunter. Sneaking into woods or a field can put you in danger if another hunter is already there.
Know the layout of the property you hunt. If another hunter approaches your position without seeing you, always shout very loudly, letting that hunter know that you’re already there. Keep an orange hat close by too; you can wave it if needed, or wear it when moving about the property. No doubt some of these actions may spook a tom turkey, but no bird is worth risking your life for.
One tough bird
The wild turkey is a noble bird, and the farm tom is no pushover. In many ways, hunting the farmland tom requires hunters to bring forth their best hunting abilities. If you’re skilled enough, work hard at scouting and planning your hunt, and get downright lucky enough to bag a turkey down on the farm, then you’ll understand the unique feeling that is the reward of hunting the farm-country tom.
Remember, pass it on or it will surely pass on.
Sunderlin is a freelance writer from Geneva. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.