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Many of us are walking around the woods listening for turkeys to gobble in anticipation of the season. This is also a great time to keep an eye out for new deer stand sites and clearing shooting lanes for nest fall.

One other tip. Turkeys in TN are seldom hunted from tree stands. Keep that in mind while turkey scouting. I have killed a few that I am sure I would not have killed had I not been in a stand. Just give it some thought.
 

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Best time of the year to scout is right after season closes.. imo learn their travel patterns and do like you mentioned. set up stand sites
 

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Back when I had to scout, when I was always getting new land and had well over 4,000 acres to hang stands on for clients, I did 90% of my scouting a few days after the season closed. Since I had so much land in three different states, that meant a lot of time away from home and on the road. Fortunately, most of the land was in states that got snow and that made scouting a lot easier. I would watch weather forecasts for the Midwest and plan scouting trips for IL-IA-MO-NE to coincide with snow storms. On a few rare occasions when we would get snow in TN, I would be in the woods here 10-hours a day until it melted.

Now, I no longer have to scout. The two small farms I hunt require no scouting, just an occasional stand movement to keep up with minor habitat changes. Funny thing is, I miss those long scouting trips and days in the woods with a camera, a map and notebook.

I do not miss hanging 65-stands in the August heat.
 
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