MULHERIN: The search for birds is the basis; Learning to scout turkeys will increase your success rate Sports

Believe it or not, the weather roulette wheel will stop soon.

Instead of betting on white or wet, you can find a few dry plots of land next week. And then you have to start looking for a Turkish sign.

Scouting is more than just tracks, although they can tell you a lot. There is also a scat, which can show you rooster trees and live bells, which can give you a little information about the time spent by the birds.

Below are some tips for placing turkeys this spring.

Cover the ground

If you were someone who hunted deer in public lands, you probably remember the four-letter word M-VUM. The road use map is what the U.S. Forest Service developed while blocking dozens of “wild cat roads” in our area. I know people who have lost their hunting camp to this activity.

Unfortunately, their loss is your benefit if you are a Turkish hunter. These trails, which have been closed for the past 10 years, are still great tourist routes that keep Turkish trails open and allow you to travel miles in relative silence while exploring.

You are covering the ground for two reasons: to find a sign, as well as to find food that will keep the birds warm during the season.

Last year in our area Ox took over so much that relying on acorn patches may be a trivial strategy, but it can work. The turkeys also eat the seeds of maple and oats and dozens of other herbs.

Also keep in mind that insects abound in mid-May, and they are another source of food for turkeys – like worm-infested fields.

If you’ve found turkeys in the past in a specific oak or buck garden, it may be helpful to use an online scouting tool like the Mi-Hunt app in Michigan. This GIS map shows you the social boundaries of the land as well as the types of coverage.

I probably use OnX Hunt for hunting more than any other app. It shows not only the borders but also the names of the landowners. This is useful for my work on real estate, but also when you want to apply to someone for a vacant land permit. However, there are two caveats: First, the boundaries of these programs, generated by aerial balance photographs of the province, have a margin of error of about 20 feet. Second, they are not always updated. Therefore, keeping a current book in the car is always a good idea for traveling online devices.

And your plastic book will always have a signal when needed.

Use this fresh air

We all want things to be a little dry, but be careful of what you want. Our sandy soils – and our clay soils – keep the roads better when they’re a little wet.

So, the first tip is to find some sandals that are suitable for tracking and choosing your days when you go scouting. Ideally you want to go after a light rain, not a storm, because storms can scatter herds and leave trails that they wouldn’t otherwise travel on.

What types of soil work best? Empty land definitely works best. Thus, it means two roads, gravel shoulders, farm fields and sand or gravel areas. Induks love to dust regularly and for this they use all kinds of dry and loose soil.

MULHERIN: The search for birds is the basis;  Learning to scout turkeys will increase your success rate

The next tip is to study the difference between tom and chicken paths. The toms are bigger and deeper.

Now, which one do you want to find? Well, that’s a million dollar question, isn’t it. If you’re in the first season of the season and the birds are talking and moving, you’ll definitely want to find Tom’s tracks. They are located near food sources and are likely to be grouped in other ways. This means that you are more likely to find a bird that you actually shoot.

But let’s say you’re hunting for the May season. That’s when I pay more attention to Chicken and Tom tracks. Sure, Tom is a great way to find out, but is it reliable? When the bachelor groups disperse, single volumes (and jays) spread and travel many miles. The chicken finds a home area and clings to it. And he’ll attract the whole thing, just as a brand attracts a dollar.

Pay attention to all the tracks, but try to apply some common sense based on the calendar to what your eyes tell you.


If you find on the ground a black and white thing the size of a woolly worm, it is not a prediction of what kind of spring we will have, it is a piece of a turkey.

But hey, that could be a good sign for your spring. Scatter search gives you a lot about the residential area of ​​Turkey.

But what you really want is to find a whitewashed tree. It will be a tree with many horizontal branches and a lot of Turkish twigs under it. This is a rooster tree and here your birds are lying so as not to get away from predators.

A lone tree in public land can be as reliable as an apple only in public land during archery season.

There are several ways to confirm what you see, but you should always be careful when searching for them in the morning and evening. If you get too close and frighten the birds, they will change locations and you will return to the original state.

The safest way is to show the birds with a binocular before the leaves are too far away or you can listen to them in the morning when a thunderstorm or brown noise is approaching.


The turkeys are somewhat stupid at this time of year because they eat a barking dog, a raven that rings, knocks on the car door, or the sound of a car.

You have to be very careful when summoning blow gobs, because while turkeys aren’t smart, they have good survival instincts. You can drive straight to the herd and drive them out of the window just with your voice, but if you step on a branch in the forest, they will disappear before you see them.

I repeat this advice from the A-Way call company every year, as this is the best advice I’ve heard about using locator calls to get blown gobs – don’t use predatory calls.

Bum bells, horn bells, crow bells and other things will work at different times of the year, but they can also scare the turkey. They are actually scared cats, so respect that.

Instead, check for bells or even bells of sand taps. These are less threatening because turkeys hear them all day, every day in April and May.

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