Turkey Hunting 101: Where is OSCEOLA Turkey?
Osceola (turkey), named after the famous Seminole warrior and leader, is difficult to recruit and hunt. Years of predators hiding in swamps and dwelling on water make the wild turkey subspecies one of the most challenging species in the bag. However, this species is famous in the Grand Slam turkey tournament, so if you want to complete the Grand Slam, you will hunt Osceolas at some point. One of the most challenging aspects of hunting Osceola is their alertness and relative quietness, which is the difficult terrain to distribute them. If you want to complete the Grand Slam by bagging Osceola turkeys, then here are some details about their residence and what they want to do in the habitat.
Public land Osceola
There are two distinct wild turkey species-North American wild turkey and Central American finned turkey. There are five subspecies of wild turkey from North America-Merriam, Gould, Rio Grande, Eastern and Osella. The Eastern Turkey is the most popular and abundant species in North America, occupying 38 states and many Canadian provinces. Usually, they have the longest beards and the loudest gobble. Osceola turkeys are native to central and southern Florida, mainly south of Orlando. There are also hybrids of Osceola and Eastern turkey, and Eastern wild turkey have also been found in North Florida. The estimated quantity of Osceola turkeys in Florida is about 100,000. Osceolas has a shorter beard than his eastern cousin and less pitched gobble. Hunters describe Osceolas as the most cautious and elusive of all wild turkeys.
Historically, Oséola turkeys and eastern turkeys were isolated in remote areas composed of woodland. These areas are very suitable as turkey habitats because they are almost inaccessible, which makes it impossible for legal and illegal hunting to forage.
Terrain also makes cultivation of these forest lands difficult. Initially, wildlife biologists associated the habitat of turkeys with these dense forests, but this is not entirely correct. Thanks to the trapping and transfer program of the United States, the number of turkeys throughout the United States has increased rapidly. Biologists can better understand where turkeys like to live. Generally speaking, wild turkeys need some necessities, such as water sources, cover trees during the day and inhabitable trees at night, as well as adult grass for feed, and poultry for insects. Scientists have identified the four main habitats of wild turkeys-riparian zone (river and stream), grassland, pine prairie and deforestation. For Osceola turkeys, there is another important habitat-the swamp. Cypress, pine or oak habitats and palm beaches are some of the habitats chosen by Osceola.
These turkeys originated in Florida and are considered the most cautious of all turkey subspecies. Osceolas usually live on water, mainly because all carnivores on the ground are ready and willing to eat them. With so many predators lurking, Osceola Turkey has been on alert and is particularly sensitive to any sounds or movements that he cannot immediately distinguish. Usually, a turkey hunter will place a call anywhere between 100 and 150 yards where the turkey roosts, but if you are chasing Osceola, you will most likely be sitting in the water. Therefore, to catch up with Osceola, you must find the whereabouts of the turkey after flying off the perch. Once the turkey flies from his roost, he usually spends the day wearing out food. That is when you want to see him. Another challenging aspect of preying on Osceolas is that they learned that the more they swallow, the more predators they will find. Compared with the turkey brothers, these turkeys are relatively silent.
Wants to hunt Osceola Turkey, you will have to get used to hunting in two types - pastures and swamps. Some turkeys spend day and night in the swamps of Florida, so bringing high boots with you when hunting in Osceola is very important for your comfort. When searching for Osceola in the swamp, the distorted sounds of dense vegetation and the distance they cover. The turkey is hard to measure where his gobble is sounded, and bringing him to your own call will be even more difficult. You may hear the gobbling sound of a turkey and feel that it is only 50 to 100 yards away from you, which is a quarter to half a mile away. This is the same as your turkey call. Osceola may not be able to hear them through the thick bushes, or, if he hears, he may not be able manuvear to the call quickly.
Other Osceolas inhabit the water and then fly to nearby pastures which may be large. They then spend a day in this pasture before returning to their habitat. In this open terrain, you may see many Osceolas, but it is a challenge to get close to or bring close to you the timid Osceola
Looking for Osceolas
Osceolas gather in fresh burns or on the edge of the forest to find food. Look for the turkey signs such as , turkey droppings, struts and feathers to see if you are in the right location. Some successful hunters will not waste time searching for Osceola's roosting trees, but will find out where the turkeys fly from the habitat. If you see any signs of a resident turkey, set up or shelter and be prepared to wait.
Looking for Osceolas in Cold Weather
Just like other turkeys, Osceolas that become cold quiet down. Florida will encounter some cold snaps in the early spring. At this time of the year, turkeys are henned up, so it is difficult to evoke a gobble from a tom.
Hunting in Turkey in cold weather may be a silent sit. In this case, you may never use a call, or you may never hear Osceola's talk. However, if you study him carefully and choose your location carefully, you can pack-out yourself an Osceola Tom before the end of the hunt.
Those that pursue Osceola turkeys, hold these birds in high merit. Their distribution is limited to the southern peninsula of Florida. Also these birds are very alert and difficult kill, so make sure you have the right equipment and be prepared to wait.