Up North Deep Forest Turkey Hunting
The guy who installed my satellite dish said he does it just like grouse hunting, he drives the firelanes and when he sees one he gets out and shoots it..... (not joking, that's what he told me).
I shot one turkey in the fall with my bow. There was a flock that would pass through behind my cabin and were pretty predictable. That was just a hen though. The times I had nice toms come by in fall I did not have a tag though.
I tried a spring hunt 2 different years and both years I had 1st period. The first year I had a couple gobbling but could not get them to commit, they were henned up. Did find a nice shed antler though. The next year I buried my truck in snow and since it was minimum knee high, I said heck with this its just a stupid bird and not worth this much trouble. Or something like that, more cursing as each foot broke through the hard layer of snow and got stuck.
I have not applied the past few years because after those winters there were hardly any birds around. The flock of 25 by me is now 2 and the other spots had no birds. Still see a few once in a while but nothing like it was by me anyway.
Up here oaks are gold mines in the early season. With it being kinda warmer this year (it was 9 deg. yesterday morning and 7 in of snow on the ground but that will be gone by next weekend) and with your later start, look for sitting hens. Hens are territorial and the toms have to make the rounds to service each one until the clutches are fertilized. Aggressive yelping should get a sitting hen to call back. Make a mental note on where you heard her and try near there in the mornings. Food and water (swamps) in the afternoons.
I have only ever plucked one bird. I've skinned out the rest. Breasts are very good smoked. For the legs and thighs I bone them out and get rid of the tendons (tongue depressors) and grind the meat into burger. I get 2-4 pounds depending on the size of the bird. It makes the best meatloaf.