What are turkey patterns? I know where 3 flocks are in Sept/Oct/Nov and there daily routine is pretty much the same. What i'm wondering is do you think they will be there in April/May or do they move to a breading area like elk do?
Turkeys don't move to a "breeding area". This time of year the birds are bunched into their winter flocks, normally large bunches of hens with their broods and a few jakes. The toms will be in the area but don't really mix with these winter bunches except to share a common food source. In the spring the bunches will spread out, generally moving up in the hills and start grouping in smaller bunches as the toms begin gathering their harems. Using the areas you are seeing the winter flocks as your stating point, follow drainages for up to a mile or so and you should find birds.
I thought you were talking about this kind of turkey pattern.
In April they will move up the canyon and typically follow the melting snow line and by May they are spread out all over the canyon typically. What you know by finding them now is how many turkeys will be up the canyon in the spring, nothing else really.
I was hopping that they stayed in this general area. It would be easier to get my kids in on them. It's about a two mile bike ride and then 1/2 mile hike. That's not to hard for an adult but a new hunter is gonna be frustrated if we don't find them every time. Me, I'm a hunter I like just hiking all over a mountain finding new stuff but kids don't see the fun in that stuff lol
It's very possible that some birds will stay right in the same general area. By all means re-visit the area a day or two just before your hunt. If you find some birds are still using that area, locate a good ambush spot and be there before daylight on opening morning, get set up (hid up...decoys optional), hold still and quiet, and see what happens. Remember, turkeys are the most cautious of any prey you will hunt. They pick up the slightest movement and immediately leave the area...no, they won't stop and look back.
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