It is different ,Yet similar . The possibilty of going days without hearing a vocal bird , just like in the spring. But when they are vocal it is sometimes long , involving several birds since they are in flocks , and can be VERY loud. Usually the hunter gets to hear or maybe even witness some fights or at least a lot of fightin' purrs . Last year I frequented a soybean field where a group of broodless hens would feed every morning . They were a grumpy bunch for sure . They couldn't go an hour without getting into a scrap . Once I got to hear a vocal bunch of either jakes or old toms get cranked up on the roost . I heard them all pitch out and get established on the ground . Lots of loud coarse clucks . Fifteen minutes later they could be heard over 100 yards down the ridge . Aggressive purring and wingslapping for nearly 5 minutes .
Typically , on those clear still mornings they'll make some racket in the trees before fly down . The hens with broods will often be silent as they amble around the ridges feeding . But those ol' girls without children seem to be ready and willing to run to you for a fight . Some of the loudest yelping I ever heard from a real hen was in the fall as she ran high speed to get to me , where I was spittin' out more cussin than she was . It is a memorable hunt . Nine mature hens running full tilt from over 100 yards . They put on the brakes at 9 steps from the muzzle , well all did except the cussin' leader . She ran right by me . I had been working on a longbeard that had gone silent when the hen started calling to me. After they ran the distance and 8 of them stopped in front of me , with the boss hen going right by me , I have often wondered if I didn't actually goof up by not keeping eye contact with the boss hen . That old longbeard just may have been sneaking in the back door and the hen went straight to him . At any rate I took my only hen to date ,,,,,she was sporting an 8 inch beard .