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Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Montgomery County, PA, USA
Are they roosting in the same area every night? If so, I'd try to be close to the roost in the morning or at sundown, possibly you could cut them off coming or going. A rifle is legal in the fall in most parts of the state, that might be the right tool if your woods are open enough. If you know where they are scratching & eating, that may be another option for an ambush, especially if you know what time of the day they visit the area. If you do decide to cold call, I would just use clucks & and an occasional slow deep yelp, it's worth a try.
If you decide to break them, I'd try & let them get down off the mountain a way first. Scattered gobblers usually take a few hours to group back up, and they don't usually call a lot like hens & poults do. I wouldn't whistle or kee-kee unless they do that first, stick to deep clucks & slow yelps. The old adage that it's easier to call a bird up a hill than down one is mostly true.
Here is a bird I helped a buddy get opening day, my dog scattered a flock and we called this one in after a couple hours. Classic fall gobbler hunt, they snuck in quietly from every direction, this was the only one that showed himself.
Catch & release is for guys who don't know how to cook