Over the years, I’ve glassed winter turkeys early as some of you have, then watched post-break-up spring turkeys appear in woods and fields elsewhere; places you won’t find them now.
Sure, some might ask why it might not be better to wait until after the flock break-up to scout. Got a tight schedule? Maybe that’s best for you. I like to get in the pre-season game, first by locating gobblers early, then by scouting the land nearby—especially if it is new to me.
I scout my usual spots first, noting turkey numbers, both gobblers and hens.
I then check out other locations new to me, expanding my range of possibilities.
As new locations go, I try to find turkeys there. Afterwards, I then scout the land nearby, knowing the habitat will draw hens (and the gobblers that follow) to those locations.
A Yamaha ATV or Side-by-Side vehicle is a great way to cover a lot of land this way. It’s not enough to look at the big picture though. Break it down.
Take note of potential roosting areas not far from open fields.
If possible, find open fields inside bigwoods locations which will likely draw turkeys but fewer hunters; a win-win.
Right now it’s all about scouting the land you’ll want to find spring turkeys on later.