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Author Topic: Pre-Season Scouting...  (Read 1375 times)

Offline Duane72

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Pre-Season Scouting...
« on: March 15, 2010, 01:58:52 PM »
Other than the obvious, seeing the birds themselves, what do you folks look for when scouting for turkeys? I have only turkey hunted when I was on a private farm and the owner had them pretty well pegged. I am going to be doing some public land hunting for them this year and truthfully am not sure what to look for besides seeing the birds themselves.

Any information would be helpful. I imagine tracks are one thing, but their not always visible across fields and such where the grass and crop keep them from marking the dirt below.

Our season starts April 29th so i have a month + to pin them down.

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Re: Pre-Season Scouting...
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2010, 02:26:35 PM »
Hey Brother First off  @--0--0101 to you I hope you harvest a big Ol' Gobbler. I look for everything such as Places were they scratch up the leaves and pine needles I also look for Dust bowls and Droppings. All of this sign will let you know were they like to hang out. Even a roosting tree is helpful. A trail cam or two never hurts either. It is much harder to scout for turkeys than deer but the good thing about turkeys is when they find a place they like they do not usually move very far unless they are pressured alot. I also use pre season turkey scouting for scouting for deeer for the up coming season.  @--0--0101
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Re: Pre-Season Scouting...
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2010, 04:32:33 PM »
look for where they are feeding and their travel routes.


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Re: Pre-Season Scouting...
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2010, 04:39:22 PM »
Go in early and shock call - if nothing I look for dust bowels droppings and I get on th ehighest point of land and look for a roost sight alot of droppings and featers will reveal the roost @--0--0101
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Re: Pre-Season Scouting...
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2010, 09:45:16 PM »
All good advice.  Around here the soil is real sandy.  This is great for finding tracks, but other places aren't so lucky.  If you aren't  fortunate enough to have good sandy soild to find tracks in you can always lay down a small layer of play sand along where you think they may be walking (trails, etc.)  if you smooth it over and come back periodically you'll know if you've got some birds pinned down or not.  This works good for deer, hogs, turkeys, pretty much any game animal.

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Re: Pre-Season Scouting...
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2010, 09:51:33 PM »
If  I'm scouting a new piece of public or private land I'll get in their before daylight and listen and listen and listen for gobbling on public hunting land its usually forested so sign is sort of hard to find...usually a place to look is ridges and steep banks I have seen several scratching areas in the heavy leaves but sometimes squirrels like to do this but if theirs a feather their or turkey droppings...u found them but mainly I get to where I'm looking early and listen for gobbling. @--0--0118 Good luck
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Re: Pre-Season Scouting...
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2010, 06:46:06 AM »
I look for scratchings and signs the turkeys have moved through. I also check just turned over farmers fields. Turkeys seem to love them because the bugs are exposed. I see alot of birds come to these fields.
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Re: Pre-Season Scouting...
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2010, 06:47:55 AM »
Thanks guys!
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Re: Pre-Season Scouting...
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2010, 07:26:10 AM »
The other thing to checkout is trails in the woods , look for feathers on the ground droppings and dusting areas and look on the ridges for their roosts , the one other thing to look for is food sources , newly plowed fields are another good place to look . Once you find them you can almost set your clock by their daily route .  @--0--0101
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Re: Pre-Season Scouting...
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2010, 12:16:30 PM »
Cool. I wasn't sure if they were big creatures of habit or not. Good to know once you find them you most likely have them patterned.
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Re: Pre-Season Scouting...
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2010, 01:04:11 PM »
they are if someone else doesn't bust them for you-- On Private ground that isn't a big problem on pubic ground you got a bunch more hunter in there to get them stirred up!! @--0--0101
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Re: Pre-Season Scouting...
« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2010, 08:25:48 PM »
All good advice.....whatever you do don't use any of your turkey calls till you hunt....don't educate them before season even opens........Good luck.........Mack

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Re: Pre-Season Scouting...
« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2010, 10:47:49 PM »
I havent gotten into turkey hnting yet, but I am thinking pretty hard about it, and will be scouting them and deer as soon as the snow melts enough to let me in the trees
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Re: Pre-Season Scouting...
« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2010, 12:04:07 PM »
Glad I' not the only newbie to scouting them bberger. Hopefully this thread helps you some too then!
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Re: Pre-Season Scouting...
« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2010, 03:26:57 PM »
All good advice.....whatever you do don't use any of your turkey calls till you hunt....don't educate them before season even opens........Good luck.........Mack
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