[:D] I'll be unemployed this fall turkey season! Never hunted the fall I understand to whole slit em up thing, I think...
I have an acorn ridge that has a funnel leading to it; nice and long @ 400 + yards highest point around !
Well used by all wildlife in that area 100 + acres out of the river bottom/swamp near by, dear,turkeys, partridge, ect...
Would it be at all productive to sit in my double bull ?
What's up w/scaring them off the roost at dusk ?
The splitup or scatter is done by many if not most fall turkey hunters . Some do the scattering on foot by running at the flock ,,,some will have their gun loaded with light loads just to shoot into the air while running at the flock to create more SCARE in the birds . Some use dogs to track n trail the birds and do the scattering for them . Whatever method , the desired end is to scatter the birds in all directions . The birds , by nature , want to regroup . If in the attempt to scatter the majority or all go in one direction they will generally regroup in a place other than where the scatter took place. But if you get a good scatter to the four winds , that is the spot where you want to set up and call from . Give the birds some time to settle down before calling .
By locating a flock at roost time , and waiting till it's nearly dark or dark if you like ,,and scatter the flock by yelling and running around the woods . Keep at it by going in circles and enlarging the circle each round until you are certain no more birds remain at that roost site . Sometimes the birds will be roosted in a small area in trees close to one another ,,,and sometimes they might be scattered over an acre or more . By scattering in the dark the turkeys are not likely to all fly towards the sunset and the scatter should be ,,,again,,,to the four winds. Be back in this same area of the scatter well before first light of the morning and begin your calling.
In my opinion , to go at what I have decribed above , with the idea of using the blind would be a mite taxing . Based on your statement of the amount of game in the area it might be better to scout and scout again and locate their foods and roosts and set up there and call . It ain't scribbled in stone that you must scatter the flocks and then call them back . I have scattered one flock , and it was just for the experience and I let all the birds that came in to my calls simply walk away.They can be called into the gun or bow without spooking the crap out of them before hand .
I prefer to scout before season and locate as much sign as possible . Roostsites and areas showing lots of feeding sign . When season opens I'll be out there well before light and be up high for listening .
Being able to tell the difference in gobbler yelps and hen yelps is a big plus . If you are not picky of the sex or age the KEE KEE or KEE KEE RUN will be the call to use .
If you have BIG TIMBER in the area to be hunted you might get away with your DRAW by using big trees ,,,,, to hide your movement or as a turkey walks behind a big tree thereby giving your the chance to draw.
hope ya have a good season