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  • Need Help with Winter to Spring Pattern

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    This is my fouth year hunting turkey's and for the fourth year I am having the same problem. I spend a lot of time in the woods on public land near Winnsboro. After deer season is over I squirrel hunt this area. I've got the winter pattern for turkeys pretty much pinned down. Opening day I was in the middle of five gobblers within 1/4 mile. Missed the closest one as he took to a hen right off the tree and she walked away from me. That pattern lasted until Wednesday of last week.

    Now... The turkey's have moved or at least they aren't gobbling. I lean towards.... both. I think they have moved and aren't gobbling much.

    I'd like to hear some ideas on where they may have moved to. I suspect it's up away from the river bottoms and towards higher ground nearer grass fields but that is just a guess. I think the hens are starting to nest on drier ground and feed in fields near their nests and the gobblers are following.

    Any ideas on that?

    Also, does anyone switch their calls about this time? For the winter pattern, I'm usually close enough to the roost that a few yelps about 10 minutes before dawn is enough to bring one in but now.... not so much.

    I'm wasting 2/3rds of the season because I don't know where to find them at this time and can't get the gobblers to respond.
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    Pattering Turkeys
    Turkeys go from a large winter group of 'friends' establishing a pecking order, to a bunch of lonely guys looking for love.
    They also like to eat; after a few months of scratching up grub in the woods, it's no wonder they venture out into fields looking for spring shoots, and bugs.
    Be patient, MOST of the time a tom will come in silent. It is in their nature to gobble and the hens will come to them. At first light, let out a couple series of calls, fly down cackle, agitated clucks....... and wait.
    For me the waiting game goes best in a ground blind or a tree stand with netting. They are out there, they have been hunted. Rarely do they come in running.
    Lastly, be persistent
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