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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-29-2020, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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When do you start trying to locate?

Just wondering if itís a waste of time to start trying to use the owl and crow call to locate birds. Will they respond this early? Tks
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-29-2020, 04:07 PM
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I usually start scouting around the 1st week of April and into trout season, once I find a strutting zone or roosting area I stay away until the opener...Good Luck...
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Just wondering if itís a waste of time to start trying to use the owl and crow call to locate birds. Will they respond this early? Tks
Turkeys definitely could respond now. It's really of little value now as they are most likely going to move (or they aren't there yet).
Of course it's always good to hear them gobble....at least you know there's birds around. This IS a good time to get to know new terrain!! JMHO.
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agree with fall gobbler, also I would wait to closer to the opener to pin point there location. but is a good time to scout and shed hunt.
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I think yes and no. Some roosting areas are roosting areas year around. Some aren't. Depends upon the food sources. Right now like NorthernPotterCo said, I am shed/deer scouting, but also turkey scouting along the way. If it is unknown areas that you are checking out it is always good to know the lay of the land. For turkeys I do more listening and locating roosting places starting a few weeks before season. Even that is mostly just for that first week or so of hunting as after that I am relying more on what I am hearing in the mornings.
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good points cspot.
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I'll start making my rounds about a week or two before the season.
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It largely depends on the type of area you are going to be hunting. In the small woodlot areas of farm country many of the birds don't make the major seasonal moves big woods birds to. In the big woods though the turkeys aren't even back to their nesting areas yet.

I usually don't even bother scouting anymore until the opening morning. I might get out in a couple of my hunting areas a morning or two the week before the first day just to have an idea of where I might get one gobbling on the roost the first morning. But, usually I just jump on the mountain bike and start in listening and calling from the most likely locations until I find one that wants to play the game.

The short answer to your question though depends entirely on the area you are hunting and scouting. It varies greatly across the different habitat types this state has to offer, sometimes even within a single county.

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Well if you just want to get out and break the cabin fever. Always good to get out at daybreak and here some gobbles. Itís March they will start to get fired up! I like getting up now filling my coffee cup up and going to listen. No snow or ice on the roads here now ! Weather has been mild. Will probably make my first excursion this weekend.
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I live in the woods of Susquehanna Co. I can see birds literally everyday for 2 weeks and then they are completely gone for months, maybe many months, even traveling up and down the dirt road. Been like that for 40 years. Where I'm at they seem to frequent an area for 1-2 weeks.

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