WillowRidgeCalls wrote: Today would be a great day to be in the woods,
It was, even here with all the snow, it snowed lightly all day and we missed the high winds in the forecast, thankfully.
This is Vic's first "snow" season and with very little fur he needs to wear his fleece vests-
Then he seems pretty comfortable and with his long legs the snow does not slow him down.
We traveled back a mile on an unplowed field road yesterday afternoon. 7 gobblers were scratching in a disced cornfield about 150 yards from the road and just watched us drive by. I drove around and stopped behind a small bunch of 12 foot Austrian Pines which completely hid the truck. Waited about 15 minutes and got out to setup on the edge of those pines, the toms were within 100 yards. Vic did not understand setting up without him flushing the turkeys first so we a little snow wrestling doing on for a bit, he also did not think much of laying in the snow but he did it.
We did not have to wait long a few clucks and yelps followed by an aggressive purr on Willowrigde's gobbler glass--
The toms took to wing and flew 15 yards above us landing on limbs in the red pine stand behind us. They would occasionally yelp back and one gave a courtesy gobble but they were apparently quite comfortable where they had roosted. Yes, they were roosted for the night at 3:45 in the afternoon.
I released Vic he charged into the pines barking at the base of the roost trees with the toms just sitting there looking down on him.
Now I remember snow turkeys-
They use their wings a lot more rather than walking or running
Fly into trees to survey the ground and will flutter from tree to tree watching you
Stay roosted late into the morning, frequently until 10 or sometimes later depending on conditions
Roost well before sunset for the night
Yep they can be maddening to hunt.
Dressed in snow camo I snowshoed around the 800 acre field to check it all out, walked up within easy bow range of 7 deer including a very nice 10 pointer (4 were bedded and 3 feeding). All this while Vic was loping around searching for turkey scent.
Happily the truck did not get stuck even though it plowed snow with the bumper. All in all a fine day out indeed.