What is the minimum time you require between the last scouting trip and the first hunt on a property?
Long Detailed Version:
I own land that I intend to turkey hunt which is 3 hours away. I am trying to set up an appointment with the rep from the USDA to get the land enrolled in CRP. This guy will want to walk the land. I'd like to kill two birds with one stone and get the meeting taken care of as well as do some scouting. However, I am afraid that the meeting will take place too close to opening day.
Meeting/Scouting => Friday 4/16
Opening day => Monday 4/19
First day I can hunt => Saturday 4/24
So, this scouting trip would be about a week before I would be able to hunt, but only 3 days before opening day. There is a lot of public land VERY close by (measured in hundreds of yards vs miles) which will have some hunters traipsing thru the woods (and possibly trespassing on my land).
Would you combine the meeting and scouting, or would you do an earlier scouting trip and postpone the meeting until after turkey season?