I got one place where the birds have just went ghost on me. Only a few hundred acres so no worries yet,
Will know tomorrow if I can pick up another 90 acres 1 1/2 miles from the house. Heard 2 firing off this morning on it...swamp bottom that meets a ag field.
Might sound like a different approach but instead of finding a huge tract I just approach local landowners with tracts that I have either seen or heard birds on. As little as 30 acres to around 240 all within 3 miles of my house. Generally once one landowner hears another neighbor is letting me hunt they have know problem with it.
Got one I am just paying in a few ribeyes (240 acres) to another who has 80 acres and am paying him 1.25 per acre (100 bucks). Working good so far.
Have told all that I will only harvest one bird off their property even though some of these birds might travel across 4 properties I have permission for along with several I don't and with a 2 bird limit down here no worries about me wiping out the population.
Going up to GA next weekend for a little scouting. Turkeys around the house are not in one area long. To quick of a greenup so they are no in pastures as usual with the winter wheat, etc.
Far as I can tell place in GA is holding steady with birds and down here in FL they are on increase. Lot of jakes from last hatch, few mature gobblers but that ratio ought to start flipping after this year.
Ain't don't much about turkey's this weekend. Been catching trout fishes at the coast (reds weren't cooperative). Had a really good time.
Got back this evening and been cleaning up boat and fishing stuff and making bullets. No clue what gun i'm gonna shoot opening weekend, and ain't caring too much as long as I'm out there and have something to shoot. Whatever it is I'll have bullets (I'm guessing I'll be shooting the light recoil 20's).
Went to our place in GA yesterday to do some looking. Long story but the next property over where I saw ol "Thunder Lips" pitch down 4-5 times 75 yards off ours got burned and they cut a fire break right under the pine he roosted in. No sign of him anywhere on that side. Afraid the neighbors pushed him elsewhere.
He had the perfect spot to roost....huge gallberry thicket to the East and behind him and nothing but 40 acres of clear cut from January of 2018 in front. Bird never had to face the sun looking for danger. Who knows in a week or so he could be back.
Left one this morning down in FL in a river bottom due to church...not great bird weather. He gobbled twice on the roost maybe 300 yards from me. Thought I heard him pitch down....could have been hens closer to me. 20 minutes after I thought he pitched I yelped once, he gobbled but still sounded far. Waited another 15 or so and yelped/putted with nothing. Sat for a few more looking at clock for me to get with close to a mile walk out Got all my stuff together, sling gun over my shoulder and take two steps and he gobbled on his own.
Was a tough decision but had to leave him, If the wife was in the right mood she would understand but you never know. When he gobbled on his own he was still aways out....be like a 2-4 hour bird that gets to you eventually.. Open river bottom you can close the gap some but can't be to aggressive.
Be heading down to Port Orange this afternoon, got accountant appointment at 10 tomorrow but gonna hit a WMA briefly in hopes an Osceola will cooperate quick. Be heading in blind since I haven't hunted this tract in about 20 years.