Check local topographic maps to find the widest possible bands of forest or farmland situated between roads and riverbanks, swamps, or the shores of lakes, reservoirs, and other large water impoundments. Next, find the closest usable boat launching site. Once you have located a forested tract that can be reached by water more easily than it can be accessed from a road, take a boat and check it out.
**Look for scratchings **where turkeys have fed under mast-producing trees early in the spring. Wherever groups of turkeys are feeding, there is sure to be a gobbler nearby. Listening from a boat drifting offshore at dusk helps pinpoint where a gobbler is roosting.
Use a boat that makes as little noise as possible. Carpet the decks of aluminum or fiberglass boats. Paddle quietly, or use an electric motor. If you use a paddle, wrap the midsection of the shaft with leather or synthetic insulation and tape it in place.
**Hide your boat **out of sight, then sneak to within a couple hundred yards of the roosted gobbler before he flies down. If he's roosted close to the water, call from a spot that will allow him to approach you on a route that is parallel to the water's edge. If he's roosted on a hillside near the water, call from slightly above his roosting location. Gobblers are easier to call uphill.