When you think of elusive creatures, you mind might jump to the cat family of panthers and jaguars, beasts of the hunt. Those animals with cunning and wit. One bird that never enters your mind is the turkey. Turkeys have been fooling hunters for decades with their sharp intellect and wary gaze. They’re unpredictable at times, making the hunt more thrilling and the kill more rewarding. This is possible only by scouting. Go grab some portable blinds, a couple of buddies, and follow these tips to have a successful scouting and turkey hunting season.
1. Scout Now
Get out there. Now is the time. Carpe Diem. Seize the day. Scouting for turkeys takes time and patience. The early worm gets the bird. You’ll be able to make turkey hunting look easy and fill all your tags for the season. Be ready for the first gobbles of spring.
2. Go Early, Go Often
This might be the toughest part of your scouting routine. Going early, at least by 5 AM, will grant some exposure to the turkeys roosting in their trees for the night. As the sun rises, you will hear the turkeys sound off. Make a circuit of your hunting area and especially the turkeys’ roosting grounds. Visit these sites often and look for signs (excrement or torn-up ground).
3. Get Grounded
Make sure you are familiar with the hunting ground you have selected. Know the break points and things that turkeys might consider as obstacles. This will go a long way to helping you understand your prey. Spend time scouting around your hunting spot at midday, when the birds are out feeding or are likely to be away from their roosts. You can use your portable blind for scouting, as well as on the day of the hunt.
4. Call Rehearsal
Do not, and I cannot say that emphatically enough, call the turkeys until you have that tag in your pocket and are legally able to hunt. You might think that a call here and there will help your chances, but your turkeys will become call shy. Essentially, you will be giving the bird a well-rounded education. Practice calls away from your territory as to keep your birds as dumb as the day you began scouting.
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