Here is Wishing you good luck turkeytracks,
Sometimes a hunter gets lucky; or is it the harder he hunts the luckier he gets? Not sure, but hunting as much as possible can't hurt.
The turkeys in my area have been scarce this year in the valleys I hunt. During all the flood rains many I found many drowned poults not sure the affect of those rains on the total population. Since WDNR does not actively manage or count turkeys they could not answer my question. My hope is the hens renested which accounted for the very small poults I encountered in the early fall.
Usually I see flocks numbering the 100's where as this year the flocks are smaller in the 30-50 range.
Still plenty of birds.
Orange clothing is a serious disadvantage for turkey hunting. This weekend is the last of the gun deer seasons; good riddance, no deer hunters are out anyway. Apparently too cold for those tenderfoots. [;)]
A few mornings ago it was -4 the coldest hunt so far for me. Turkeys did not come off roost until 10 but then I had to get to work.[:@]
You asked for tactics; not sure where to start there. Let me know your questions. Last season was my first experience winter turkey hunting and did really well.
Steve Hickoff's Fall and Winter Turkey Hunter's Handbook got me to understand what it takes to kill a fall / winter turkey on purpose rather than opportunistically as I did before.
I will post up some winter pics when I get some time later,
If you agree with me call it fact; if you disagree - call it my opinion.
After all - we are talking turkey.