Scouting the Area Before Opening Day

Before you can go turkey hunting for those wild turkeys, you’ve got to come across them. The easiest way is to start with the big picture, locating general places of turkey habitat, then gradually narrow it down to a certain region, then a certain piece of land, then specific hunting sites. Wildlife biologists, conservation officers, sporting goods dealers and hunting club members are good places to begin. ask about federal and state lands, wildlife management areas, reservoir properties and military reservations. Don’t overlook private lands. Some landowners will give permission to hunters who inquire courteously, or perhaps you can wrangle an invitation out of a buddy.<br><br>Field scouting starts after you have identified several possible hunting locations. Get a excellent map of the location you prepare to hunt. Drive the back roads during the first couple of hours after dawn, stopping along ridges, high points, power lines, open creek and river bottoms to listen for gobbling.<br><br>Use a turkey call or a locator call, such as an owl hooter or crow call while turkey hunting, to try to get a reaction. When you hear a Old Tom, tag the location on a map. If you get a bird to reply to you, don’t continue to call to him. This generally causes gobblers to become call shy and they will not reply to you once the season opens. Furthermore, birds that continue to gobble also tend to entice the attention of other hunters who might be scouting the location.<br><br>Finally, scout your ideal locations on foot. Check for signs of scratching where birds have been feeding. Droppings and feathers can also provide you with information about turkeys in the region. Gobbler droppings tend to be club shaped, while hen droppings have a corkscrew appearance. A gobbler’s body feathers are black tipped, while hen feathers are buff colored. Check along river banks and around mud holes for footprints. In the evenings listen for birds flying up to roost. If you are able to roost birds, come back the next morning and listen for gobbling.<br><br>Make as many journeys to the location as possible before the season gets going. Learn the land features: creeks, log roads, fencerows, fields, etc. This will help later on when you are moving during an actual hunt. Hopefully, by opening day you will know the area of many gobblers.<br><br>Go to http:www.turkeyhunting247.com for more info on <a href="http://www.turkeyhunting247.com/turkey-hunting-tips-channel/" target='_blank'>turkey hunting tip</a>, as well as a wide variety of articles and videos on <a href="http://www.turkeyhunting247.com/" target='_blank'>turkey hunting</a>.

Kentucky Turkey Hunting Tips- 2010 Season-David Hale

Pioneer turkey call expert, David Hale, of Knight and Hale Game Calls, visits with Mark Putman, KentuckyTurkeyHunt.com, about the 2010 gobbler season here in Western Kentucky. The Pretty Boy decoy is big on David's list not just because Knight and Hale designs it but because it works so well for both gun and bow hunters. To book a hunt, guided or unguided, call visit KentuckyTurkeyHunt.com and get it done!

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