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Fall Turkey tips

Going to try and hunt hard for fall turkeys this year as I already got my buck in archery season. Never really been out in fall mainly spring Turkey looking for tips to find where the turkeys hangout in the fall and tips on how to hunt them.
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Find food sources such are acorns, beech, Autumn olives, grapes, apples, barberries and cut corn fields will be a good start for you! If you can scatter the flock then calling them back is not to difficult. Just imitate the calls they make, like kee-kees, yelps, Kee kee runs

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Find a flock, break them up, hide near by wait about 20-30 minutes and make calls. This is for hens with poults of the year. old gobblers are another story.

A KEE KEE Run call or a yelp call should work. I have whistled them in using the rhythm of their calling. Make the calls they make.

You must break them up so they can not see each other from the place they took refuge or they will get back together from sight and you want them to have to call to find each other. They naturally want go to the spot they where separated to reassemble.

Should the flock be small and the old mother hen starts to call them to her location rather than where they broke up...get up immediately and run her off again. Return to your hide and wait a few more minutes and call again.

Should the turkeys start to call on their own before you call....join in the calling.

This can also be done by jumping the flock out of the roost in the morning.....More effective than letting the flock fly to the ground on their own and calling with the hope the flock will come to your calls. (However that can work) However, when you separate the old boss hen from the poults she losses control as they all know her voice and will follow her lead.

Don't move, sat still, whereas; more than one bird may come in at a time and if you are focused on one bird you can be spotted by another. Also sometimes one will come in without calling.

Let them come into sure kill range and shoot them in the head.....That will put them down on the spot and will keep the pellets out of the valued breast meat.

There are other tricks, but you will learn them over time. Good Luck.
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good advice , keep it coming
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Give Denny Gulvas a call and get his fall turkey hunting DVD.

Study it, memorize it and go hunt.

there is also a lot of good info on his other DVD's for spring hunting that also apply for the fall.

A bonus of learning to fall hunt is that it will make you a better spring hunter

Ray Eye also has a good fall turkey DVD
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Get the Galvas video. Very good info
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Chasing fall turkeys is a great adventure. At times it is a long walk with no predetermined route of travel.There are only a few pusuits I enjoy more than slipping though the forest in the fall searching for turkey scratchings or listening for the soft yelps, clucks or purrs of feeding turkeys. At times wildlife encounters exceed the pursuit of the intended quarry. There are not many wild game meals I enjoy more than a young ginny.
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Going to try and hunt hard for fall turkeys this year as I already got my buck in archery season. Never really been out in fall mainly spring Turkey looking for tips to find where the turkeys hangout in the fall and tips on how to hunt them.

Finding birds is 90% of the hunt. Sometimes it's easy, but it can be tough. If you're starting from scratch, be prepared to do a lot of walking. You can get a big jump before hand by calling a game warden or district forester in the area you plan to hunt and find out what the hard and soft mass looks like in your area. That way you can target more productive territory.
Being a (good) fall turkey hunter will make a woodsman out of you for sure. Enjoy the fall woods!

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We can double our pleasure and call in a mature Tom like it is springtime. If we can find the Toms on roost without hens, many times they can be called from the roost just like springtime. Photo periodism (the number of hours of daylight) can fool a Tom into believing it's time to breed.
The number of hours of daylight are the same in the spring.

May not be a tactic for a newbie, but oh my is it fun when it comes together.

If you have good hearing and have birds working an area daily, often times they can be located by ear. When it is dry only a flock of birds or a troop of Boy Scouts makes that much noise. Good luck!

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The hard part of hunting turkeys is to find them. Once you know the area they are feeding, your chances of harvesting one is very much increased.

To begin, start walking. Explore the sides of mountains and in hollows. Look for oak trees. You will know where turkeys are when you see scratchings. They will scrape leaves back to expose bare dirt in search of food. I have seen where a flock scratched so much, it looked like the Seelers had a scrimmage there. Most times it is more subtle than that.

Once you have found where they are feeding go in at dark and sit and wait. If you don't bag one when they come in to feed, try to break up the flock and call one back.

Good luck.
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