I have been traveling around western and eastern WI & MN over the last couple of weeks and I have been noticing small scattered flocks of turkeys across the landscapes rather than the large winter flocks. Looks a lot like spring break up has started or maybe the winter flocks didn't form this year due to the mild weather.
Northern Carlos Avery in MN looks like it has good numbers of birds.
Across northern Polk county (unit 4) the turkey numbers look promising; good news after some slightly down years. South part of 4 & 1 are as usual looking good. Gobblers are gobbling, yelping, strutting and sparring making it hard to focus on things not turkey related.
Turkey dog Vic encountered seven field toms which he promptly charged only to find they didn't fly or run away. Rather they began running and flopping pell-mell around him. Vic did not mind this one bit his hyper drive kicked in along with excited barking; had he focused on any one tom he probably would have caught it. Vic just is not getting the season closed concept at all. He looked over at me as if saying; "What? You idiot, did you forget the gun for?"
Not a single time during the fall season did turkeys of any kind behave in this fashion. They never did fly, Vic circled opposite me and drove them running right by.
Anyone else seeing turkeys out and around?