Turkey scouting agricultural land in Missouri, eastern Kansas (western Kansas is different) or Iowa. It consists of row crop adjoining river, creek bottoms, timbered draws, tree lines, large to small timber plots.
Just more examples of what to expect. It seems many folks enjoy lots of pictures with text to set up reasonable expectations.
Long Range Scouting
Background trees appear far thicker than they actually are. Ground pictures as do aerials exaggerate cover.
Majority of non-resident hunters relate prime cover to large timber. Large timber is unquestionably prime habitat in many turkey areas, not all. We have several large timbered ranches leased to suit those who prefer big timber. However, most MAHA leased land is involved in productive agriculture, we would like to pass on a few turkey scouting tips gathered over years relating flock behavior to crop land.
Compared to heavily timbered regions where mouth locator calls being a primary source to locate gobbling birds, on cropland habitat where visible by sight makes them easy to follow from a distance with or without binoculars. One main advantage of open range turkey scouting is gobbling birds can be scouted just as easily as birds not gobbling.
Putting a bird to roost by sight rather than sound gives hunters a better understanding of where to set up come morning. But like turkeys anywhere they can slip out a back side on any given day. Frequently found drainages provide good concealment covering hunter movement to cut off or sneak up on one which may have slipped him on his first approach.
Patterns of cropland cause flocks to change with weather. Agricultural practices of farmers further weather based similar effect flock patterns. Short green fields become prime feeding and strutting areas, but once plowed then planted birds typically move to higher ground or nearest green field around. We recommend scouting a day before your hunt to assure conditions have not changed to your disadvantage. Changing reservations a day before the hunt is permissible and understood by us.
As seasons progress it is common to see cropland turkeys move to isolated fields often not visible from roads. Keeping long distance from flocks, toms or any singles is best. Turkey scouting from a ½ to ¼ of a mile with an aerial photo in hand is a good tip for scouting late season cropland turkeys.
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