For the past week or so, I have been seeing turkeys in the strangest spot. A few miles from my house a county highway splits a tag alder bottom that is about 3/4 mile long. Nearly every time I go through there has been a Tom and two or three hens on the road or in the ditch in the middle of the bottom. Not exactly turkey Paradise.
This morning when?I left before 7 he was strutting in the middle of the road. When I went through? again at 8 he was standing in the ditch. Yesterday he was there with his girlfriends at 9 am and 4 pm.
It seems so strange for them to be hanging around in the wet tangle of a swamp with no food or roosting.
A relative of mine that has never bear hunted drew a Wisconsin tag and plans to only do one bait, on his farmland. He was going to use a metal barrel for the bait. I straightened him out. Although I don't know why a landowner doing so on his own private land should be illegal.
I wish all bear hunting outfitters put in the effort that Wisconsin bear hunters do. Guys pay thousands of dollars to hunt over basically a junk yard. I believe this perception really hurts the "baiting" issue.
Franklin - Thanks for your comment. I saw where there was a resolution at the CC to allow barrels or any man made container for baiting on private land. Myself I'd never use a barrel. When I hunted Canada most bait sites resembled a garbage dump. Wrappers all over the area.