Spring gobbler season looms like a giant, glowing sun on the horizon, beaming down rays of hope and anticipation to warm our hearts and boost our spirits. If it only melted snow! This darned cold and snow will subside as the calender pages turn and your thoughts should be turning toward the spring turkey season.
Mark Kayser is one of America’s best writers. Here, he reveals his top tips for opening day in this post from the North American Hunt Club.
Opening day for most turkey hunters is just around the corner. Turkeys are gobbling, strutting and even separating from large winter flocks. It’s time to start thinking of moving one of those pasture giants to the Crockpot. Turkeys haven’t felt any hunting pressure yet. They’ll be more susceptible to calls. There are more toms in the field than later when many have made the journey to the Crockpot. In brief, it’s the perfect window to take advantage of inexperienced toms. If you want to take advantage of the benefits of opening day then consider a few of the following strategies. Your Crockpot may thank you.
Think whitetail. Turkeys are still on a pattern on opening day. Watch where they land in the morning, where they feed at midday and the path they take back to roost in the afternoon. One of these areas will provide you with the perfect pinch point to waylay a wandering tom.