Our lease is in timber management. There is a small section I intened to hunt Saturday (which is the last day of our season here in NC) where we have seen birds passing through (2 longbeards were spotted last Saturday using a fire lane along that strip of woods when a buddy of mine was on his way out of the woods). I went by there today to find the best place to set up a small stake blind so all I had to do was show up and wouldn't have to make any noise shuffling around in the dark. As soon as I pulled into the place I realized that the underbrush had been burned off, including all the way down to where I intended to hunt leaving tall trees and nothing else to hide behind. After swearing many times under my breath (couldn't this have waited another 4 days?!?), I decided to walk up toward the powerline cut and check for any sign up there. I found some droppings, including one large J shaped one not far from the blind (never been so excited to see a turd before) confirming some activity.
I really wanted to hunt someplace different, but since so much of the underbrush has been burned off, my hope is that the Turkeys will go to where there has been less activity and more cover remains. The forester said that he has seen turkeys move back into a burnt area a couple of days after the fire. I was just wondering if anyone else has had any similar experience with this same sort of thing?
The timing could not be much worse in my opinion, especially when we knew which route the Turkeys were preferring to take when they left the roost. The area they are roosting in is so thick that there is no possible way of getting in there undetected. Even if you got in there, they could fly down 30 yards away and you might never see them.
Hopefully, the Turkeys will are still using where I will be forced to go, as I don't know how old that sign was. I really hope the burning didn't freak them out & cause them to roost somewhere else (like the neighboring farm). No matter, I'm going hunting rain or shine.
Otherwise, does anybody have a good recipe for an unused Turkey tag?
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