Check It Out
Even if you're confident that your land holds birds, get out there at least a couple of weeks prior to the season and check things out. Listen and watch from the edge of the property to avoid disturbing the local turkeys' typical habits. Unless you're in a mountainous area, you should be able to hear birds gobble as far out as a half mile in the East, a mile and a half out West. If you don't hear anything, walk field edges and muddy roads later in the day searching for feathers, tracks, and droppings to confirm a flock's presence. Check open pines and hardwoods for evidence of recently scratched-up leaves, indicating where birds have been seeking out insects, seeds, and acorns. Find scratchings where the soil is still damp and dark, or tracks and droppings are clearly fresher than the most recent rain, and even if you don't hear gobbling, you'll know turkeys are there.