A feathered trail can point you in the right direction, and on rare occasions you might even be able to follow the feathers, or a blood trail, to a downed bird.
“It happened to me in Texas a few years ago,” says Streb. “I rolled a gobbler at about 25 yards, but then he flushed. I heard him crash, and when I got to the spot, I saw some feathers and blood. I followed the trail like you would a wounded deer trail—slowly, on hands and knees a few times. I flushed him twice more before I got close enough to shoot him again.”