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Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Washington County PA
Turkeys and flocks of turkeys are capable of covering lots of ground over the period of a day as they seem to be walking most of the day looking, scratching for food, occasionally dusting and chasing each other. Since is often difficult to tell the time of the days tracks are left, we can't know how far away they are roosting, feeding or strutting.
However, I have found that gobblers and hens will often come back to the same place to roost in the spring for many years if there are not changes made to the environment. For many years I scouted spring gobblers for at least a month and a fews days a week. In later years I scouted a lot less staying out of the woods/fields and going to high points to listen and still took my share of gobblers. Over those years I discovered there are prime areas that gobblers seem to group.
So now I do very little scouting and go back to the prior productive places early on and listen to pinpoint the first gobble and sometimes taking advantage of the darkness to set out decoys and on occasion a blind. When I hear them I know how to approach because I have done it for a few years now.
For example in PA there is location I have taken 8 mature gobblers in the last 9 years and a location in OH I have taken 5 gobblers in the last 7 years. I found this to be true when hunting in MO for over seven years. Those opportunities in those areas might have been higher if I hadn't hunted other places those springs.
This approach might not work for everyone and perhaps some like the adventure to hunt new areas which I share, but repeat of prime areas have been most productive for me with the least amount of effort.
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