This is update from Jason Lupardus at the NWTF. He is their Conservation Field Manager for the Midwest region. He was recently hunting Georgia during opening weekend. You can also listen to my podcast with him at this link. Tons of great information there as well!
The turkey hunting has kicked off in GA this week with some isolated action in different regions. Most of the reports from the field are that the Toms are henned up. I witnessed the same when hunting both public & private land. Additionally, we have seen overcast to almost foggy mornings which have kept gobbling to a minimum.
The tried & true method is to find active Toms mid-day after they have left their lady friends and are searching for new love. I was able to pull in a Tom with some cutting & excited hen yelps at 1:30 in the afternoon using an aluminum pot call in the high winds.
During mid-morning we had success again with the similar strategy. We used the AvianX jake & hen decoy set-up & coaxed in a bird. We had some help by luring in a dominant hen & kept her in the set-up for 30 minutes while Mr Tom came to us. He only gobbled twice, but he drummed at 20 yds for almost 5 minutes!
I anticipate action to slowly increase later in the week as we move out of the breeding lull!
Jason Lupardus, Certified Wildlife Biologist®
Conservation Field Manager-Midwest
National Wild Turkey Federation