Turkeys meander more than deer, yet follow the same feeding, roosting and strutting patterns as part of a daily routine. Unless disturbed, they will likely enter and exit fields at the same location. Placement is key, and not just the location. Set cameras so the camera takes pictures covering the largest portion of a field where strutting is likely to happen. That can be achieved by mounting the camera high up in a tree to cover a wider area of view. Unlike deer hunting when you want to survey individual bucks for size, the goal here is to distinguish where birds are strutting. For turkey, size doesn’t matter as much, and you don’t need a close-up picture of a big tom to know he’s a shooter. In dense woods, hang cameras lower, even a few feet above ground level. As a bonus, the camera can capture beautiful photos worthy of framing.
Eliminate unproductive ground and place cameras in high percentage areas. Here are some proven locations to place cameras.
- Open fields. Set cameras on field edges based on past history of known entry and exit points. Google Earth is ideal for surveying new areas. Mount cameras on trees on the east side of the field, so the rising sun doesn’t backlight or obscure the view.
- Funnel and pinch points. A terrain or habitat feature that forces turkeys into a smaller area is a pinch point, and ideally near a strutting field or roosting area.