Usually I am very good at posting my hunt good or bad afterwards to let everyone know how I did but this hunt and maybe this spring left a bad taste in my mouth. It was tough. I used the Polk county plat book to locate about 4-5 landowners and where they lived so I could ask for permission to hunt their land and struck out with everyone of them. They were all very nice and said that they hunted themselves or have people there hunting already. So I ended up hunting the WI state fish hatchery land after talking to some people at the fish hatchery there was a lot of land that was off limits. I hunted the fish hatchery land Thursday in the rain/mist and only saw 2 hens. I took a road South of Osceola that goes to the railroad tracks on the St Croix National Park land like Charlie Elk said and called every little while and never heard a gobble. I also accessed some St Croix national park land next to the Standing Cedars land off of 60th Avenue and set up there a few times and never saw/heard anything. I also hunted Straight Lake state park about 30-40 miles NE of interstate park up by Bone Lake and some signs of turkeys but never heard or saw anything. I got that recommendation by the park ranger at Interstate Park, very nice guy by the way. I saw 3 turkeys, at least one was a good tom, on one of the properties I asked to hunt but the owner had said he is hunting yet so I just watched them in the binoculars from about 400 yards away on the road. I felt like I hunted hard and just didn't have any luck but that is hunting. I would like to go to WI every year as it is a close hunt for me and I just love being out but I may have to try and track down some more land opportunities. I think the key might be trying to get permission from some farmers that have woods and farm fields where I could ambush the turkeys on their way to and from the fields for food.
I also think that the wifey and I are going to go on one of the paddle boats in Osceola for a date night because that looked pretty cool. Gotta keep the boss happy.
"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will." --Mahatma Gandhi
"Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat."--F. Scott Fitzgerald, American writer