Gopherlongbeards wrote:starting to get bored with fishing
Fishing is grossly overrated.
It is never too early to scout or spend time in the woods. So go for it. If you had gone out last weekend you might have met Vic, we were checking out some of our common areas.
Gopherlongbeards wrote: would poults be making much noise this early?
The turkeys are talkative all summer. If you have good wingbone
take it with you. A lot of the poults will make peep y kee kees, brood hens will kee, yelp, yelp, yelp...... And sometimes a tom will gobble. Some of the early born jakes are in their own gangs sparring and making those half gobbles.
Gopherlongbeards wrote:sunrise tomorrow and look for some roosts?
Sunrises are beautiful and you might get lucky and find a roost. But rarely do they use the same tree this time of year.
Gopherlongbeards wrote: locations holding birds now will still be occupied come mid September?
Maybe, maybe not depends on the turkeys.
Gopherlongbeards wrote:Would love to hear some of the scouting regimes employed by you more experienced fall hunters.
Right now I love to find turkeys and usually do, most of the time they are not in the same places by season opener.
What I look for and make notes of:
What crops are planted and where, is manure spread on any of the hay fields or harvested grain fields. What grains were harvested. Are the oaks, particularly the burrs going to have a good mast. Any hickory, bitter nuts or hazel nuts.
Any soft mast in the area, dogwoods, grapes, plums, crab apples, elderberries, cranberries, rose hips etc. This tells me where turkeys are likely to be later in the season.
Look for open woodlots, especially those with trees that have large lateral branches that clear for fly ups.
Dusting bowls and exposed gravel areas.
If you are hunting any MFL has a cutting been done, if so, hunt these in the winter season.
What kind of grasses are seeding and types of weeds and stickers; I'm not and expert on these but I do recognize those found in previously killed turkey crops.