Pub­lic land is way too crowded.

Outdoor Life - - NO EXCUSES -

If you bumped into too many other hunters on pub­lic land last year, find the best-look­ing farms in your area on a map­ping app, and then drive around on a Satur­day af­ter­noon be­fore the sea­son opener and ask for per­mis­sion to hunt those spots. Make it clear that you only want per­mis­sion to hunt tur­keys (you’ll be long gone by deer sea­son), you won’t be hunt­ing with a big group, and you won’t rut up the fields. I bet you’ll land at least one in 10 of those spots—prob­a­bly more. Why? Peo­ple might pick up the phone and call these days, but not as many are will­ing to knock on doors and shake hands. With many farm­ers, that goes a long way.

If you swing by af­ter the hunt with a thank-you card and a case of beer, I bet you’ll gain per­mis­sion on that farm for years to come too. —A.R.

The sec­ond gobbling peak hap­pens later in the spring, once most hens are on the nest and lone gobblers are look­ing for love.

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