Great post Cut.
WH, the first thing I would recommend to you is to go to Wally world and buy the how to book on turkey hunting. The are located in the hunting department. Read that baby from front to back. It contains a buttload of useful knowledge from habitat to patterning your gun. Next find land that has birds on it and scout, scout, scout. For example, I hunt public land. 3 weeks before the season I go out every weekend before sunrise and listen for the birds at dawn. I mark these areas with a gps. I try to find out where they are and what they are doing ( are they flocked up, hens nesting etc ) DO NOT take a turkey call with you. The urge to hit it will be to great and all your doing is educating them that the season is about to open. Stealth is what you want at this time. After 1 hour after sun rise I SLOWLY walk through the woods listening and looking for fresh signs ( dropping, scratches etc ). Come opening day I know where I`ll be hunting and what to expect...hopefully.
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