Finding gobblers in
the spring is easy, if you do some pre-season scouting. Prior
to season, on any quiet, sunny, nice day, gobblers will sound off in the morning before
flying down even if you don't torment them into gobbling with Locator Calls.
Pre-season scouting is essential in remote
areas of large, continuous forest tracts. In habitat that is mixed with agricultural
crops and forest, turkeys should be easy to locate with binoculars and a spotting scope
and by listening for gobbling.
In large forested areas, turkey populations
are usually not high, turkeys may be scattered in the spring, and not every timbered ridge
will have a gobbler.
If the terrain is mountainous and access poor,
it's doubly important to be on the right ridge at daybreak. If you aren't you may
hear birds gobbling on a nearby ridge, but have no way to get across a deep ravine or
hollow in time.
Even where woodlots are small and scattered,
it may be difficult to move between them after sunrise without spooking turkeys.
Knowing where turkeys are before you hit the woods in the morning is the SECRET.