Spring Scouting: Not Just a Time to Look for Turkey Signs

Here are some spring scouting tips you should commit to memory.

Spring signals the start of turkey hunting seasons nationwide. Wildlife biologist and Bowtech Ambassador Jeremy Starks of Mafia Outdoors TV is back with some interesting tips that go beyond the bird.

For example, you can hit the woods to look for signs of gobblers, but spring is also the perfect time to begin scouting for whitetail.

From locating sheds, looking for feed area or even trails, here are some tips to guide your scouting adventure.

  • Look for high concentrations of greenbrier. Greenbrier is a great food source early spring and early fall. You want to focus on finding greenbrier that’s been freshly browsed. Those plants will typically have the tops eaten off.
  • Look for sheds. Sheds will give you an idea of what bucks made it through hunting season, so you’ll know which bucks to target next fall.
  • Look for feeding areas other than the greenbrier. Turkey scratching will generally be over a broad area, where deer pawing will be small and concentrated. Deer will paw at the areas, looking for acorns and other food sources.
  • Pay attention to new deer trails. As they transition through the seasons, deer will change their travel routes. Typically, the same trails they use in early spring are the same trails they’ll use in early fall.

Jeremy Starks is a wildlife biologist and shoots the Reign 7, Bowtech’s latest #SmartBow.