Strategies for Success – Scout Now: Score Later

Published by Bob Humphrey on

Picture of Bob Humphrey with Turkey
Pre-season scouting is often critical to success and much of it can be done by merely driving the roads in potential turkey country, looking and listening for turkeys. But the visible birds often draw a crowd on opening day. To avoid this, use a technique called triangulation.

A typical scouting mission begins about a half hour before sunrise. Drive the local roads, stopping every quarter to half-mile to get out and listen for gobbling. Take a compass bearing from your location to the gobbler’s. Now drive another 1/4 mile, preferably turning up a side road, stop and to the same thing. Once you’ve heard the same bird from two or three different locations, plot your bearing lines on a topo map. The intersection of those lines is the unseen bird’s location.


Bob Humphrey is a certified wildlife biologist, registered Maine guide, award winning outdoor writer and turkey hunter of some renown. In addition to thousands of magazine articles, he’s authored two books on turkey hunting, available at:


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