I have heard them gobble in the fall , a few times , but I didn't hear anything prior to the gobble to suggest that the bird SHOCK gobbled . I recall months ago when Steve In told the same incounter as he has just relayed again , and recall that was the first time I had ever heard of Fall Shock Gobbles .
If Steve says it's so I believe him .
I know young jakes can be PROVOKED into gobbling at times with a kee kee gobble or kee kee run gobble . I have read of it and have done it myself. Absolutely hilarious to watch juveniles mount an offensive against their flockmates.[:D][:D]
I tend to think that mature gobblers would OCCASIONALLY gobble if the hunter were to put on a mock fight and in all the wing slappin' and aggressive purrin' throw out a short mature gobble. But if you try this alone you may not hear the real bird gobble because of all the racket you're making.
I know from experience that if the birds are on the ground and you are not too far away , a good gobbler cluck will get a real gobbler cluck in return,,,,,,,GAME ON!
There is no doubt several ways and methods of getting their attention . Just a gobble, on a particular bird, may be all it takes to get a responce and pull him in . Part of the fun for me is to just ease around cold calling. Most of which is either a cluck , and the cutting of a gobbler . Two and three note gobbler yelps every 100 - 200 yards in my movement, with a cluck in between , to give the impression of a wandering tom looking for like company. They like the company ,,,,,I just ain't sure if it is mostly friendly or looking for a scrap.
17 more days and I hope to have story to tell.