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TOPIC: Any Spring scouting tips with the cold weather

Any Spring scouting tips with the cold weather 5 years 2 months ago #996

I've been out a couple times seen sign no birds or calling. any tips to further verify the birds presence?
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Any Spring scouting tips with the cold weather 5 years 1 month ago #1013

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Unless you know where they tend to hang out, I usually spot em when I'm out doing my deer scouting or just driving around. I try and take different routes home everyday if I can and normally I hear them early in the mornings. I'm sure there are probably better ways and certainly would be open to suggestions.
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Any Spring scouting tips with the cold weather 5 years 1 month ago #1014

The area I can get tags for is 90 mi. I do drive this for work occasionally. That's how I got onto birds in the first place. I figured out where they went in winter stress. other than sign knowing the turkeys are there I have been unable to get a visual or hear any talk. From tracks in mud and droppings I know they are coming back into home summer range. Maybe I'm getting too anxious or SAD's and cabin fever have effected my feeble mind. I'm optimistic "every thing is going to be alright!"
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Any Spring scouting tips with the cold weather 5 years 1 month ago #1080

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I will usually go listen a couple mornings before season opens to try and locate areas where birds are roosting. With a 90 mile drive that will be difficult for you.
Is this an area you have hunted before? Birds, generally speaking, will use the same areas year after year. If you have a spot that birds were last year chances are they will use it again.
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Any Spring scouting tips with the cold weather 5 years 1 month ago #1082

I have been there twice since last post. There are plenty of tracks and droppings no talking at shock call. I am down to the opening soon April 5 and I believe will be able to go a day before, I'll Listen and glass and see if I might roost a group. Appreciate the input I'm sure not many out there have my mileage dilemma. Best of good fortune in your turkey pursuit to all who have responded and all those that took a look!
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Any Spring scouting tips with the cold weather 5 years 1 month ago #1086

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I would pack a lunch with you. Plan on spending the better part of the morning there if time allows. I have had a ton of luck on birds on up into the morning.
If you find an area where birds are roosting and you don't mess them up, you can always try to get back to that spot the following morning.

Other than that keep a set of binos with you at all times. If the birds shut up, and they usually do, take your time and walk the field edges glassing looking for birds. A crow call or box call is handy to when trying to get a shock gobble. For whatever reason I have more success getting a gobble during the day with a box call.

On new ground, just be patient. More birds are spooked by people not taking their time. Good luck. Keep us posted on your results.
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