On the first 2 days after the ducks quit flying, I headed to the farm where I have hunted turkeys for several years.
The first order of business was to visit with the landowner. This gentleman is a man in his mid-seventies and has the good health of a 35 year old. He is just in excellent condition and hikes all over the farm with his dog. Because of the previous cold weather and frost in that area, I asked if the turkeys were flocked up and where they were running. My experience had shown me that the turkeys are somewhat creatures of habit, and they will run in the same general area on a daily basis. Several years ago an area was discovered where a small flock came out of the woods down a deer run to another section of timber. This happened at 3:30 PM. The following day, I was hidden next to the run at 2:45 PM. At 3:20, here they came. This was a great story and true, but it was circumstance. I believed they would be pecking and scratching as they moved through the area.
Sitting up high on a ridge, turkeys had been spotted this year by the landowner in the afternoon. He also told me that a neighbor had seen a big cat, and thought it might be a mountain lion. They have been spotted in the area. With this in mind, sitting with my back against a big tree was the safe thing to do. A 40 cal Springfield Armory pistol was also carried since a big cat had been spotted.
Great sales going on at each of these outdoor outfitters. You cannot own enough gear.
Good fishing, good hunting, and good luck. Hank