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April 08, 2013
Turkey Scouting: Birds Not Gobbling or Not There? - 1
by Gerry Bethge
I, admittedly, enjoy turkey camp debates—even the heated ones. Perhaps my favorite is the one that begins something like this: “Been out there scouting every day, but I haven’t heard a thing. They’re really quiet this year. I think they’re henned up.”
Well, I don’t buy it. If there are gobblers in your hunting area, they will gobble early in the season—they can’t help themselves. If you’re not hearing birds, move on and find them.
So, I’ve come up with 3 rules for scouting turkeys that I try to abide by as each season approaches. For you guys who’ve already been chasing birds, give these hypotheses a thought. They work during the season, too.
1) Completely Disregard Old Information
It’s not until you delve more deeply into those statements that you realize that those turkey sightings are weeks if not months old. When it comes to scouting spring birds, old reports are utterly useless. Birds won’t be in the same places now as they were then and the information you need is time sensitive.
2) Think Back Two Years
3) Find Your Top 10
How many birds do you guys try to locate before the season opens?
Photo: National Wild Turkey Federation