Well, I see that "Ooops" lasted a bit longer than expected. Somebody pulled a cable in the back of the computer room at work and . . . I didn't have to spend any all-nighters, but my boss did and one contractor went 48 hours without sleep. However, yelping about the day job is not what we're here for, so I will attempt to pick up where I left off.
Back when I got these 200 acres, I was not really thinking about turkey hunting. My major motivation was deer hunting and camping, and then (just after 9/11) as a possible refuge should there be a SHTF situation. However, on the first visit, we had a hen and poults cross the road in front of us. I knew we were onto something. Now, going into my 13th season on the place, I can tell you that this has been a terrific windfall. Our 200 acres holds several year-round flocks.
As a guy who spent a decade looking for his first shot at a gobbler, I can say that having a situation where hens are roosting 200 yards from the back of the house is a distinct advantage. Up until I started hunting this property, my view of turkeys was limited to a series of unrelated shapshots scattered over 20 years. Being on the property helped me to sort it all out. For instance, I now realize that the absolute hands-down best time to hunt turkeys in my area would usually be late March-- well before season, and just as the late-winter super flock breaks up. As the spring opener starts, the gobblers are usually in their latency phase and are extremely hard to call off the roost. My hunting experience down near the Tennessee line indicates to me that the seasons are timed for better hunting conditions somewhat to the south of us. It is funny, because when I used to hunt Ohio, everyone claimed the season started too late up there. I try to be out and about the last part of March. By law, I can't call, but I can watch. By the Yute Opener, the next weekend, the farm has gone to sleep, and we do not start to find gobblers receptive to calls until we start seeing lone hens in the field at mid-day.
I can also say without reservation that warm weather seems to do more to buoy a gobbler's spirits than anything else. In agreement with the dewpoint theory, in the few years it has happened, an unseasonably warm dry spell has caused the gobblers to be receptive. Other than that, it is crapshoot. I have seen gobblers come to calls at 25F and wind or 70F and rain-- normally without rhyme or reason. In general, when I start hearing a lot of shotguns going off, I know I will probably see a gobbler. Also, when I get do get a shooting opportunity, there is usually more than one gobbler in play.
I've got to run out on you again-- this time to get ready for granddaughter Mooselette's 2nd birthday party. She is getting a plush turkey and a turkey picture book along with her own tent and a camp chair. You can see where this is going
She already has camo clothes, calls and a 20-gauge shotgun.