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March 31, 2011
Gobbler Forecast April 1-8 - 3
by James Nelson
As we head into the first weekend in April virtually every region is heating up with pre-breeding gobbling. The only problem is weather in some areas is just not cooperating to make things really hot. But a mix of interesting moon changes should help. The moon crosses the equator on Friday, there is an apogee (point at which the moon is farthest from the earth) on Saturday and a new moon on Sunday.
These lunar occurrences happening all in close proximity to each other should really get the toms vocal this weekend. Here's the regional forecast:
NE – It will be cooler and wetter than average for most of next week. The good news is fair weather on Saturday and Sunday, the next best bet is the following Friday. Best days: April 2nd, 3rd and 8th.
SE – This region will be warmer than normal and along with that comes passing systems. New moon day looks great! Best days: April 2nd, 3rd, 6th and 8th.
SC – Hot, Hot! Warm and dry throughout most of this region should make virtually every morning good. Best days: April 1st-8th.
GL – Cool and wet for the most part. Winter hangs on here, but there are some exceptions for the evening of the 2nd and the following morning which looks good. Best days: April 2nd, 3rd and 6th.
NC – A lot like the Great Lakes region, many northern states still have snow on the ground. A storm system for Sunday and Monday will slow things up, before it hits it looks very good. Best days: April 1st (pm), 2nd (am), 5th and 6th.
NW – A windy Thursday leads to a Friday that looks great. Off and on rain next week and cool. Best days: April 1st, 3rd, 4th and 8th.
SW – Get out Friday if you can. High winds in many areas over the weekend, but after they die down the weather factors look great. Best days: April 1st, 4th –8th.
Moon – The new moon on the 3rd and two days on either side of the new moon are great bets if weather permits.
Tip of the week – Research shows dry days with low humidity are the best days to call. It takes 12-16 hours after rain has stopped to really get the birds talking again. Good Luck!
To find the turkey hunting conditions in your area go to OL Weather.