Alright well i guess yesterday went ok lol, other than someone stealing one of my trail cams... but I went out there a little after noon and started looking around, didn't find anything right away, (i found a great new spot for deer season tho!) but a little while llater i found 3 trees (about 25-40 yds separating each) over looking a big field, and all 3 had a decent amount of "scat" under em. ) I made the assumption that they are, or were roosts) So i made notes, what kind (all oaks) the scat was mainly on the east side of the trees (don't know if that is significant) and just about all of the scat had corn and in it (cut down cornfield about 10 min walk from the trees) all the feces seemed at least a couple days old, some was relatively fresh tho. After that i followed the length of the field in the woods a little to the corn field looking for trails, more feces or feathers, didn't really seem to find anything. That led me to the creek on the property, so I walked the creek almost the entire length of the property didn't find one turkey track, or anything turkey for that matter.. which seemed odd to me. Then i came across where my cam should of been and it wasn't there so i got a little upset and decided to go back home for a few hours to relax and calm down.
I came back at around 7 and decided to sit on this small hill that overlooked the field(s) that the tress i talked about before were overlooking. I plopped down with my binoclars and waited to see if I could catch em coming back to any of the trees. I sat for bout 45 mins with no action (the weather was so nice though so it was great just to be out there) then i heard a faint "yelp" to the SE of me, my heart dropped lol! I'm not comfortable with my call yet (Knight and Hale Slate Hammer) so I didn't bring it with me, plus i heard don't call until you are out there hunting, so I just left it at home) but it sounded like one lone hen, she did it a couple more times but never came out, neither did any other birds. She was on the other side of the small section of woods that the aforementioned trees are in i tried looking thru with my binoculars but didn't see anything. I know I wasn't just hearing things tho lol! But but i waited around until 8:10 or so and it was getting kind of chilly so i got up and left.
On my way home all their is are fields, so I tend to look into them as i drive lol, and i came to one and saw a few dark spots in it, as i got closer a few become a lot! Their were 27 birds in the field (grass field) eating! I pulled over and pulled out my binocs, i think their were 3 males- 2 jakes and a more mature tom, and the rest were hens i think, (it was getting dark) but i could tell at least 3 were male. The one Tom was decent sized tho, had a pretty long beard and i could see his spurs from the road without the binocs. I watched em for about 10 mins and then they walked off into the woods (about a 20-30 minute walk from where i would be hunting)
So what do ya think? lol! I don't know if those would be the turkeys on the property im hunting. Will turkeys go that far to eat? What do you make of the trees I found? I know Im not going to pin point all i need to in one day of scouting so i'll be sure to get out there more. But just looking for some feedback, thanks!!! Any comments on what to do next would be great as well, thanks again!!
St. Clair County, MI