Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Fayette | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Warren | Webster

Outdoors with Big Country—Turkey Scouting Time

TurkeyabcKENTUCKY (3/27/13) – It's the last week of March and it’s time to start your scouting for spring turkey hunting! The best method for locating birds is to get out early in the morning, at daylight, and get in a location that is high above the usual place that you expect birds to roost. Listen for early morning roosted gobblers sounding off their call of hens; toms will gobble several times to try to call to hens to gather for the morning routine. Depending on the weather, gobblers will be most vocal early, in the early part of the season. After the birds fly down, if the gobbler gets with his brood of hens early and follows and struts, the tom may go silent and strut and put on his show for the brood of hens. This is nature and as the season goes along the hens will breed and separate themselves from the group. By the middle of April the groups of hens will be smaller.

With early scouting the best method is to be silent and try not to disturb the birds. Location calls can legally only be used 30 days prior to the season and no hens calling to the birds. This will eliminate educating the toms.  A good pair of binoculars is handy to have while scouting. If you do decide to go scouting throughout the woods on foot, try not to bump the birds. Look for tracks and drag marks, small lines made in the dust by their wing tips, in the dust or road beds for these are signs of a strutting tom.

I highly recommend scouting in the early morning hours to get a better idea of where the roosting areas are and how many toms are gobbling on roost. Also, remember that as the season proceeds the birds will change their feeding and strutting areas, and how they handle hunting pressure. Large groups of birds are together at this time; I've seen groups of 20 to 50 birds with several strutters along the side of the flocks. As we approach the opening week of the season (April 16th) birds will break up into smaller flocks. Get your backpack ready for your hunt and gather and organize all the items needed for your hunt, such as calls, gloves, a mask, hats, mosquito repellant, a first aid kit, gun cleaning kit, tick repellant spray for clothes, GPS and orange hat for safety. Good luck to everyone this year and for the hunters that are already started in the Southern states, good hunting to all. Stay safe! Till next week...I'll see you in the woods or on the water.

 
Randy Adams
Outdoors with Big Country

Disclaimer: The content supplied by columnists and letters to the Editor on this site does not in any way, shape or form, implied or otherwise, necessarily express or suggest endorsement or support of any of such content, statement, or opinions therein. SurfKY News does not necessarily adhere to or endorse content provided by outside non-staff sources.

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

April 16, 2014 19004

UPDATE- Sheriff's Office Following Leads…

in Top Stories by Taylor Riley, SurfKY News Reporter
April 14, 2014 6405

U.S. Bank Hanson on Lockdown Due to Bomb…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
April 14, 2014 5271

Pedestrian Killed During Two Vehicle…

in Top Stories by Chris E. King
April 17, 2014 3738

KSP Nabs St. Charles Man Wanted by U.S.…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
April 15, 2014 3064

Police Searching for Sureway's 'Baby…

in Top Stories by Taylor Riley, SurfKY News Reporter

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

April 14, 2014 5271

Pedestrian Killed During Two Vehicle…

in Top Stories by Chris E. King
April 17, 2014 3738

KSP Nabs St. Charles Man Wanted by U.S.…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
April 15, 2014 3064

Police Searching for Sureway's 'Baby…

in Top Stories by Taylor Riley, SurfKY News Reporter
April 15, 2014 2720

Multi-Agency Investigation Leads to Drug…

in Top Stories by Lori Blakeley
April 15, 2014 1053

State Approves $500K for Hopkins Archery…

in Top Stories by Rebecca Hanchett

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

April 14, 2014 2099

Grow Garden Grow - Spring Has Sprung

in News by Barbara Cecil Russ
April 15, 2014 1648

Owensboro Police Investigate Auto Accident

in News by Michael Hathaway
April 15, 2014 1300

Owensboro Parks Offers Tennis Lessons

in News by Britni Bunn
April 15, 2014 940

Happenings and Meetings Owensboro

in News by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News
April 14, 2014 678

Owensboro Health Hosts Tours for…

in Top Stories by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

April 16, 2014 2941

Sheriff's Deputies Nab Central City…

in Top Stories by Sheriff Curtis McGehee
April 14, 2014 2560

MCC Staff Shares Good News with…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News Reporter
April 15, 2014 1939

'Walk Right Back' An Everly Brother's…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News Reporter
April 15, 2014 1772

Local MCHS Students Train at Job Corps

in Top Stories by Karen Robinson
April 15, 2014 1438

Thumbpickers Unite at Mose Rager Day

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News Reporter

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 06social 21social 22social 04social 03