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Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Russell, PA (Scandia)
Re: Is it worth tthe time/ effort to scout?
I try to scout as much as possible for spring turkeys. Usually from the last week of March til season opener I'm out every morning b4 work and on weekends and most evenings I'm cruisin the backroads with the Leupolds in the front seat. Most of the time they're in the same places from year to year, but a lot of places dry up eventually, so it's nice to stay on top of things and when and where the birds are sounding off in the a.m and evening, feeding, strutting, etc. The bad thing about scouting is the disappointment on opening day when you get to your spot and someone else is there. What I mean by this is, if your like me, I have a lot of hours and miles into the scouting, I take notes on location, times and even weather, right now I have almost 5 notebook pages full of notes. The funny thing is, since March 17th I have only seen "1" other gentleman out looking for birds and it will continue like that until this weekend and all of a sudden all the "wannabees" will be coming out of the woodwork.
IMO scouting is a very valuable tool in being successful in PA's turkey woods. Not only does it give you the edge, it gives you the edge when someone else messes up your plans or area. Good Luck to all this spring and be safe.
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