-By Rich Miller
Well you guessed it; rain was in the equation again this past week. Not only did it rain again but there was some really bad weather. Strong thunderstorms, high winds, hail, and dreaded tornadoes ripped through the South on Friday afternoon. Though we had some trees down and lost power for a little while I feel like we were fortunate compared to a lot of other areas of the Southeast. Even though Friday night’s weather was so bad, Saturday turned out to be one of the prettiest days that we have had this year. As nice as it was I don’t think I could have found a turkey if I had been on a turkey farm. I guess the tornadoes and thunderstorms blew the turkeys into another county.
Even though I didn’t get on a turkey Saturday it did end up being a productive day. Just because you are in the woods turkey hunting doesn’t mean you can’t do a little scouting for deer season. I have found some of my best places to deer hunt while wandering around in the woods during the spring, chasing lonely gobblers. When scouting this time of year deer signs seem to stand out a lot more than when the leaves are fresh on the ground. You can see deer trails on the side of ridges and where they are entering food plots or other fields. You can also find rub lines that you normally wouldn’t have found during hunting season. If a little luck is on your side you might even pick up a shed antler or two.
After finding a lot of possible stand sites for the upcoming deer season I keep a log with which piece of property they are on and what is the best way to access these locations. I don’t know about you guys, but with deer season at least five months away for most of us if I don’t make notes of these locations I will never be able to remember them by the time deer season rolls around. Of course most years I don’t have enough time to hunt all of the places that I find, but when things start getting slow during deer season and I am not seeing many deer, these notes usually give me some new places to hunt. Another good thing about the log is that I will know exactly where the sites are and I won’t have to be in the woods disturbing the area before I am ready to hunt. These slow days turkey hunting can make for some successful days in the deer woods.