Hey Hunter1, I actually just got in from doing some scouting at my favorite public hunting grounds. As for time, I try to get out in the morning at least before 10, but it doesn't matter all that much really because I will stay out there for several hours. I bring my crow call and a small box call, using the crow call 95% of the time and even using that very sparingly. The last thing you want is to sound like a parade making its way through the woods. Basically, my opinion on calls and scouting is that you can learn more from what is right under your feet than you can by what you "might" hear a couple hundreds of yards away. My scouting today is a great example. I covered miles of ground and never heard a single gobble. However, I did see a lot of fresh footprints and ground scrape marks from their foraging. I know those birds are there, and despite not hearing any gobbles, that's where I'm going when the season opens on April 19th. So if you do decide to go out and scout using a crow call, don't count an area out just because you don't hear anything. You very well might be passing up a great spot. It's kinda like fishing... just because you don't get a bite doesn't mean fish aren't there. Lastly, as for staying in the truck or getting out and walking around, I get out and walk. I don't hunt from my truck or right near the road, so I know I need to get out and in the woods to be productive. Good luck to you!