Spring Turkey hunting isn’t easy.  Their vision and overall wariness to predators makes harvesting one quite the challenge. Step one in killing a mature Tom is to ensure there are birds in the area. Outlined are five ways to locate birds. 

Drive.

It may sound funny, but a lot of my best turkey spots have come from door knocking on parcels that I consistently see birds on from the road. I have discovered that while some are very protective of their deer hunting spots a lot of guys will have no issue with someone chasing turkeys around. You need to go to where the turkeys are- after all, you can't kill them if they’re not in the area!

Find their roost.

This can be done by walking around the woods either right at daybreak or dusk to hear or see them in the trees. Sometimes, when a visual is not possible, locator calls such as owl hooters or woodpecker calls can be massively beneficial in getting a vocal response from roosted birds.

If the aforementioned are not options, try to find their roost during the day by locating large open trees that would support the weight of a turkey. Roosts will often have many feathers within a thirty to fifty-yard radius and have turkey scat directly underneath the tree.  

Find their direction.

Once have you gained a good idea of where turkeys may roost, now locate where they go as soon as they fly down. During the mating season, most toms will fly down in search of a lady friend. But where do they go from there? They may be traveling to a food source or a water point. If the tom has roosted alone the evening before, maybe he will travel to the area he believes will hold the hens. Think of hunting a buck during the rut. Often times, if you are able to find the women, he will be there. 

Locate midday Hotspots.

It could be a midday dust bowl where turkeys will fluff their feathers and rid of any unwanted bugs that may have a caught a free ride. It also may be a grassy open field where toms will be able to strut their stuff in hopes a hen will notice from a distance and come in for a better look. If you struggle to find a midday hotspot try to beat the birds to the roost and observe what direction they return to the roost from. 

Observation is the best kind of Scouting.

If you think you have found a turkey’s roost or midday hangout, the best thing to do is keep your distance and observe. Watch where that big tom goes after flying down and observe where turkeys enter a grassy field. All this information will come together to ensure you are in the right spot to take that big Tom you’ve been looking for.  





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