Fall Turkey tips - The HuntingPA.com Outdoor Community
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-10-2019, 08:30 AM Thread Starter
Regular Visitor
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: West Chester,PA
Posts: 73
Back To Top
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.
Dave B.. is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-10-2019, 09:22 AM
Diehard Outdoorsman
Silverspur's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Chester County, PA
Posts: 3,284
Back To Top
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

Full Fans, Longbeards, and Sharp Spurs

Last edited by Silverspur; 10-10-2019 at 09:24 AM.
Silverspur is offline  
post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-10-2019, 09:29 AM
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Washington County PA
Posts: 12,108
Back To Top
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.
triggercreep and rcshank85 like this.

NRA Benefactor Member
NWTF Member
Born2Hunt is online now  
Sponsored Links
post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-10-2019, 01:08 PM
Diehard Outdoorsman
Join Date: Sep 2019
Location: conestoga,pa/Mills,Pa
Posts: 4,180
Back To Top
good advice , keep it coming
NorthernPotterCo is offline  
post #5 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-10-2019, 05:50 PM
Hooked on HuntingPa
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Pa. south central
Posts: 299
Back To Top
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
dce likes this.
K. Gus is offline  
post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-10-2019, 07:08 PM
Frequent Contributor
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Western Pa
Posts: 746
Back To Top
Get the Galvas video. Very good info
Doc in Pa is offline  
post #7 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-10-2019, 09:37 PM
Regular Visitor
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Washington County
Posts: 66
Back To Top
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.
fall gobbler likes this.
Jeff Donahue is offline  
post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-11-2019, 06:57 AM
Diehard Outdoorsman
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Berks Co., Pa
Posts: 4,673
Back To Top
Originally Posted by Dave B.. View Post
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!

fall gobbler is offline  
post #9 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-11-2019, 07:46 AM
Regular Member
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: W. PA
Posts: 1,551
Back To Top
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!

The difference between dreamers and achievers is action.
One try is worth a thousand guesses.
Kip Feroce is offline  
post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-13-2019, 10:20 AM
Hooked on HuntingPa
another_pilgrim's Avatar
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 441
Back To Top
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.
another_pilgrim is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The HuntingPA.com Outdoor Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome