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might help you tag turkeys for many years
in the same area using the same tactics.

Listen

Listening can help you sort out a
lot when spring-gobbler scouting. Pay
attention to whether a gobbler sounds
off to a particular-sounding hen, if he
gobbles much after flying from his roost,
or what his vocalizations indicate about
how he's moving through an area.
This last piece of the puzzle, might
well be the most important, because it's
easier to call in a gobbler that's headed
your way than call him back to somewhere he's already been.
Charting a gobbler's calls on a topo
map also will help you see how he's
using terrain to travel. Once you know,

you can make a play on a particular gobbler, even if he doesn't sound off on the
day of your hunt.

Visual Signs

There's no substitute for being afield
to scout and find turkeys, but a lot of
hunters don't have much spare time.
Mornings are not good for hunters who
work daytime hours, and what precious
little free time they have often is committed to family.
But even if your free time is limited,
you're not out of the game. Turkeys
usually leave a fair amount of sign
that's easily interpreted. Just by taking
a walk in the woods, you could be better
prepared.
So, walk your hunting areas where
turkeys always seem to be about and
watch for turkey tracks or droppings.
Seeing either will help you determine
if the birds are spending time there.
Look for scratches in leaf litter made by
turkeys looking for food, perhaps even
wing marks in the mud, showing where
a gobbler was strutting for his hens. All
are sure signs of turkey activity.
If the area contains enough food or
a warm-weather water source to draw
turkeys back, consider putting up a trail
camera to learn how often and when they
use the area.
Finding out how and why the birds
use habitat can help you better understand local turkeys, and will increase the
chances of you filling your tag.

Scout your Competition

Jacob Dingel

APRIL 2021	

If there are a lot of turkeys in your
hunting area, you probably won't be
alone in your quest to harvest one.
Take note of others who are scouting
there and look for clues on how they
intend to approach a gobbler you also
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