Here is a quick blog from Spring Thunder Pro Staffer Mike Versland. He is hunting in Minnesota and Wisconsin this year.
The Minnesota spring turkey season opened on Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 and the Wisconsin spring turkey season opens one week later. I will once again be hunting both states in hopes of shooting several big toms this spring.
My first hunt of the year will be with my daughter. This will be her third season. She was lucky enough to shoot nice toms each of the past two years, so I am hoping that we can keep her streak alive. Following my daughter’s hunt I will try to take another tom with my bow. I was able to finally put down my shotgun last spring and arrow a tom and I found it to be a very rewarding experience. I can’t wait to try it again!
Once I am tagged out in Minnesota I will then head to Wisconsin to first hunt with friends during the early seasons and then follow up with some tags of my own for the later seasons. I will be hunting a variety of both private and public land so I am sure it will be fun! A great tip to keep in mind when turkey hunting is to always have multiple properties to hunt just in case one of the properties doesn’t pan out as planned.
In preparation for the beginning of the first week of the Minnesota season I am still waiting on the birds. Most turkeys in my area are still in their winter flocks or near their winter flocking locations. Therefore, they have not yet dispersed enough to find their way to my land. I honestly get a little anxious waiting for them to show up each and every year, but as they have done in the past they will be here before opening day of the season. I have been driving around checking winter flocking locations and there is definitely not a shortage of turkeys in the area.
If you are planning to hunt early season this year it may be best to hunt on or near a winter flocking location as the turkeys will be in higher concentration there. Remember that even though it has been an unseasonably warm spring, temperature does not affect seasonal turkey habits nearly as much as length of day.
A good technique to use in early season is to pattern the flock and hunt close to the roost. Once toms and hens find each other in large numbers it can be very difficult to pull the toms away from the flock. A good friend of mine was able to capitalize on an early season South Dakota gobbler last week by slipping in close to the roost and drawing in two toms as soon as they flew down from their perch.
Best of luck this season!