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Re: Scouting for public land turkeys and what’s spots to look for?

Postby mauser06 » Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:37 pm

Probably going to depend a lot on where you are.


For me, public land, I head for big woods and typically find ways I can access deep woods easily..power lines, gas lines, hiking trails etc.

My birds usually roost on the ridges. Usually just off the side. Points are also hot. Usually the big gentle points.


They'll travel and feed and strut certain areas. But it's going to carry based on the habitat.


Public land though, I try to avoid birds near the road and parking areas and try to avoid fields and such. Just because they get messed with constantly...though I've had some good hunts close to the road or parking areas..


A lot is dependent on the local area and how the birds use the area.
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Re: Scouting for public land turkeys and what’s spots to look for?

Postby Ack » Tue Jan 30, 2018 8:47 pm

Depending on the number of birds you have around, it can be real easy to locate them or a real challenge. The obvious things to look for are tracks, scratching and droppings, but where to find those things can vary greatly over different types of terrains.

Roosting will typically be on "edges".......ridge edges, woodlot edges, water edges, etc. Food sources can be anything from acorns in big woods to bugs in open meadows. Birds also need to have some sort of "grit" to digest their food, which they will typically find near two tracks or roads.

Like Mauser mentioned, birds near the roads and two tracks will usually get hammered by the road hunters, and while you can kill birds that way, the birds found back in the woods will typically commit to calling much easier.

Best way to locate is to get out a couple weeks before your season early in the morning and listen for them to sound off first thing....no calling is needed. Once you have the roost pegged you can see where they go after they hit the ground. While you're out there look for the above sign and you should be able to get on a bird or two come season.
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Re: Scouting for public land turkeys and what’s spots to look for?

Postby Jon308 » Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:08 am

Mostly hunt hardwood swamps and leased logging land with pines. There is public land with hills I could hunt too.
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Re: Scouting for public land turkeys and what’s spots to look for?

Postby yungbuck » Wed Jan 31, 2018 1:41 pm

i bust a lot of turkeys in the spring and fall when I am scouting/ hunting near water creeks, rivers etc
they seem to love to roost in those big trees near the moving water

last year I was 3 sticks up in zero dark thirty when a turkey busted out of the tree i was climbing, woke me up pretty good because I though the tree was coming down hahah

if you can get to some water away from parking and easy access that can produce (has for me on public land birds)
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