Did some scouting in the Croatan National Forest Game Lands before the season begins on Saturday, April 13, 2019.
My usual turkey hunting spot was inaccessible due to closed roads. Clean up has yet to be completed from Hurricane Florence last year, so I ran across a lot of these below.
It’s a good 4 miles or better walk past the first road closed sign to my normal turkey hunting areas. Two bridges along the way that I am sure are washed out as to being why the road is closed. Once you get to the gate where I would normally hunt, it is probably another three miles back in the woods to get to prime hunting areas. Not wanting to make a 14 mile round trip hike, I decided to check out other areas that I’ve never explored. The Croatan is over 150 thousand acres, so there is plenty of other areas to scout.
I found a area that has a nice hardwood bottom, that is outlined with towering pine trees and has a clear cut field near by. Looks to be very promising. In this area I found plenty of tracks and scratching’s.
Here is a faint gobbler track I found in this area I’ve never ventured out in.
This is a video of some more faint gobbler tacks I took while walking along the path. I was seeing good signs of turkeys being around. This is very promising since the area I normally hunt turkeys is closed off for now.
I came up to a hardwood bottom area that had towering pine trees lining it with a clear cut field close by. A gave a crow call a few times and got a response from a tom not very far off. Once I learned the area was holding turkeys, I headed back to the truck. You can hear the tom gobble back at the crow call, he was maybe 80 yards off from where I was standing. I’ll use this area for opening morning Saturday, April 13th, 2019.