this year i killed my first tom in 4 long years. stupid school finals week overlapping with turkey season. (i actually got 2 toms this year)
the biggest went 21 pounds and had only a 10 inch beard, the smaller of the two was 19 pounds with an 8.5" beard. it was a good season. hope it extends to the fall, i don't have much time to hunt, nor a place (i'm moving out of my dad's farm in ohio.) yet in kansas. but i'll find one for next year, that's for certain!!!
One of the most important components of deciphering a new hunting area is distinguishing between the summer and winter ranges for the game that you plan to pursue. Without knowing this you cannot make reliable assumptions about where the game will be come opening day. Knowing these areas will allow you to take the current weather (as well as the past couple weeks) and apply that to the landscape and make an educated guess as to where you might find that big buck or bull.
There are a couple ways...