By: Brennen Nading (@nadingbr)
You just never know what you are going to get when you draw a 1st season tag in Wisconsin. Some years you are looking at a foot of snow, other years you are looking at sunshine and 50 degree weather. Thankfully this year didn’t include the snow. We had a handful of tags spread amongst the crew this last week and fortunately for us, we were able to fill all of them over the course of the past 5 days. Check out this weeks action by clicking HERE to watch this weeks Turkey:30
As expected early in the season, the toms are spending a lot of time with the hens. Roost hunts are extremely difficult unless you can find a way to get set up in between the toms and their hens. Simply put, it is hard to call a tom away from real hens. With this being the reality of early season hunting, you can’t let it get you down. This is the time of year where patience is king.
Many of the birds are still running in larger groups (10-15) birds. They have yet to split up, and they are fairly patternable this time of year. Scouting pays dividends right now. Find out where the birds are roosting, where they are feeding in the morning, and where they are feeding in the evenings before heading back to roost. The run and gun tactics, even though it is our favorite way to hunt in the spring, usually isn’t the way we find success the first week or 2 of the season.
Gobbling was good in the tree this week, and fair at best during the rest of the daylight hours. This is going to continue to change as the weeks progress and the hens begin leaving the toms to go lay on nests. Until that time gets here, stay patient and post up in the areas that you know birds are frequenting. It’s turkey hunting, action can from from 6 to midnight before you know it. Stay with it, and shoot straight.