Turkeys are starting to tip across the country and it's not from eating fermented batteries. Lead and carbon have been instrumental in the beginning of the season to stock tasty turkey parts in freezers across the country.
Most of us are in the early stages of the turkey season and there's plenty of season left. If you're having a difficulty like me in setting time aside to get some grilling fodder, put your deer trail cameras to use to expedite your hunt when time allows.
Trail cameras provide great intelligence on whitetails in the preseason, but they can serve double duty in the spring to aid in patterning turkeys when you're not around. You can place trail cameras strategically around your turkey hunting property to confirm roosting sites, feeding areas and loafing spots. Be sure to set the time and date to give you an accurate reading of when the turkeys are hitting the ground in the morning and at what time they are scratching on a field edge for food.
My favorite trail camera is the Bushnell Trophy Cam (www.bushnell.com) with its 8 megapixel image quality and video capabilities. It's also easy to run, small and light. If you want to put your camera out without worrying about finding the perfect tree you may want to try this new product. It's called the Stic-N-Pic and it's a portable tripod of sorts that spikes into the ground to stabilize your camera virtually anywhere. In fact, the top mounting bracket can accommodate as many as three cameras to give you a virtual 360-degree view of a field or opening if you wish. You can put the device in bush, a brushy cedar or even in standing corn to capture movement along any corridor. It retails for $39.95 and more information is available at www.sticnpic.com.
Turkey hunting season will slip away before you know it so let your trail cameras speed your success along.
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