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Out on a scouting/listening mission this morning and I haven’t heard this much gobbling in 20 years.

 

There’s gobbling and n 360 degrees from close to as far as I can hear. Let’s hope they stay this vocal until youth season!

 

 

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I took a walk down the tracks towards a new chunk of public land they opened up last year. Once I was about 1/4 mile away I laid on the hooter. I was shocked myself when I heard them sound off not just from the WMA land, but also from the property behind me.

 

Two other areas seem quiet this year.

 

I'm seeing a ton in fields where I never seen a single bird in the 5 years of driving past them. I don't know of there was a population boost or they are relocating due to growth in housing tracts popping up all over the place.

 

Part of me is looking forward to the Spring season and part of me just isn't feeling it this year. I just seem stuck in a rut the past few weeks and seem to be struggling to maintain the will to do some things. I haven't even wet a line yet this year.

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Sounds Great!

  I am going down to New Jersey soon and get out and hike around 5.30am and listen.

   New Jersey should also have alot of Feisty  2 year olds because last year- Gov Murfey Closed down all State Parks + Forest because of the Chinese Virus. 

He reopened  them around May 20th of last year . 

 

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April is always hot with birds fired up. I don't scout until few days before May 1st. Same old spots produce at some point yr after year if any birds are around. Just got to find out where they are which is easy and if you can get to them.

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I'm planning on going out tomorrow am, I haven't been out yet this spring. I have been doing a lot of cruising lately and i have yet to see any birds out in the fields? I heard that the population is way down in Chat. Co. but seriosly not a single bird in any fields? I really hope I hear some gobbling in the morning.

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What’s the wisdom on spooking turkeys? With mature deer you typically don’t want to bump them in their bedding areas weeks before a hunt as they’re likely to vacate those beds for a while. I typically do a lot of scouting during the season once noon comes around. I’ll grab my dog and go look for sign. Do you see similar behavior with turkeys were they’ll avoid a spot where they’ve been bumped from for weeks? Since dispersing a flock and calling them back in is a common way to hunt turkeys in the fall, I take it they’re not as sensitive as old deer. 

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1 hour ago, Versatile_Hunter said:

What’s the wisdom on spooking turkeys? With mature deer you typically don’t want to bump them in their bedding areas weeks before a hunt as they’re likely to vacate those beds for a while. I typically do a lot of scouting during the season once noon comes around. I’ll grab my dog and go look for sign. Do you see similar behavior with turkeys were they’ll avoid a spot where they’ve been bumped from for weeks? Since dispersing a flock and calling them back in is a common way to hunt turkeys in the fall, I take it they’re not as sensitive as old deer. 

Normally if called in and spooked, missed, they will tend to be a little call shy in that area.  

As far as walking around after noon time, you take the risk of bumping a hen off her nest. But if it's a new area, it would be the best time. Like deer, turkeys know if your hunting or just walking around especially if people walk around that area frequently. 

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12 hours ago, Versatile_Hunter said:

What’s the wisdom on spooking turkeys? With mature deer you typically don’t want to bump them in their bedding areas weeks before a hunt as they’re likely to vacate those beds for a while. I typically do a lot of scouting during the season once noon comes around. I’ll grab my dog and go look for sign. Do you see similar behavior with turkeys were they’ll avoid a spot where they’ve been bumped from for weeks? Since dispersing a flock and calling them back in is a common way to hunt turkeys in the fall, I take it they’re not as sensitive as old deer. 

Bird will move if bumped off roost a couple of times in a few days.  They do not like pressure , I think they are more sensitive than deer personally.. in the fall your dealing with " fawns" that dont know any better  break up a group of mature gobblers and it might be 3 or 4 days before they get back together.

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9 hours ago, Brow Tine said:

how else to you use them. Last year made some butter out of them. 

Make a white chedder leek dip, pickled, like onions in any recipe, grind them and make ham and leek sausage 

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Scouting mission one in Ontario county :) I heard two in the distance this morning :) I talk to the farmer this morning and said he heard them Tuesday in the property I hunt :) It’s good just be out getting my exercise before online church :) 

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On 4/17/2021 at 8:58 PM, Brow Tine said:

how else to you use them. Last year made some butter out of them. 

Venison, broccoli and wild leeks stir fry.

 

 

 

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On 4/17/2021 at 7:23 AM, Versatile_Hunter said:

What’s the wisdom on spooking turkeys? With mature deer you typically don’t want to bump them in their bedding areas weeks before a hunt as they’re likely to vacate those beds for a while. I typically do a lot of scouting during the season once noon comes around. I’ll grab my dog and go look for sign. Do you see similar behavior with turkeys were they’ll avoid a spot where they’ve been bumped from for weeks? Since dispersing a flock and calling them back in is a common way to hunt turkeys in the fall, I take it they’re not as sensitive as old deer. 

I believe  that can happen  if you get a bunch of people  out Scouting the last 2 Weekends before May 1st in the Pre- Dawn and some Gobblers get Spooked off the Roost . Or at least fully alerted on the Roost by the presence  of Camo Giants now seen to be skulking in their Roost area.

    Now Turkeys are not really Spooked by Hikers who start to show up after 8am or so . Turkeys get used to seeing these Hikers as they Travel Around.

    I have not done any pre Dawn Scouting this Spring. I get out around 9am and look for Soft + fresh Droppings, + Brand new Tracks. Turkeys Gobble way up into the morning in April, so,I  am also hearing them at 9am.

   

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