It is now the middle of March and New York State is beginning to thaw. If you're serious about bagging a couple birds this spring, you should be out walking and scouting for Turkeys NOW!!!!!
I start my walking in March to get myself ready for Turkey Season. The snow is melting and the ground is muddy. This makes finding animal tracks easy to find. Turkey tracks help me determine the population of the local Hens, Jakes, and Toms.
I look at March as the time to prepare mind and body for the upcoming Turkey season. March is a great time to educate myself on the local Turkey population. It's also a great time to get myself physically ready to climb the ridges in Bristol, NY easily, while chasing these birds.
I walk in the very early morning, so that I can be at one of my many listening spots at daybreak. Once there, I simply stand and listen. These listening spots are places located on a hill or ridge, the edge of a wooded lot, on a quiet road between two hills, or in a middle of the woods. A listening spot can be any place which allows me to hear well enough to determine the location of the gobbles coming from Toms and Jakes.
This early scouting takes the guess-work out of my later scouting and ultimately, my hunts. By the end of the March, I know that the Toms will be displaying for the hens. When that starts to happen, I know that the morning gobbling on the roosts will begin. I'll learn where individual Toms are roosting both while in a group, and after they break up to form their own personal territories. This knowledge gained by my March scouting leads to more successful hunts.