Fall hunting for me is a also a change of pace . I hunt public land mostly and the difference between spring and fall is mostly the number of hunters in that 4000+ acre tract . Oh there will be quite a few out of state as well as resident bow hunters in there trying for a Buckeye Buck . But the encounters between me and them have been few and far between . In spring there is always the need for quick movement to get closer to a gobbling bird before someone else does . In the fall it's more laid back . I can slow way down and enjoy more of the woods and what is going on in them .
I do not use decoys . For one they aren't actually needed , and two , it's something more to carry that will no doubt have an effect on how much of any given day I will be able to endure . I like things as simple as possible . As light as possible . As warm as possible and still be light . The biggest reason I don't use decoys is simply that I want to fool every turkey with nothing more than a good set up and good calling ,,,,spring or fall.
As far a strategies , they vary from day to day . But the one thing that remains common is the knowledge I possess of the woods and land , fields and streams . Where the turkeys roost and feed . They have favorite roost locations that are usually where I begin each day . I
Calling can vary as well , depending on whether or not one is out to bag a turkey in general , of either sex , or specifically a gobbler .
There are all types of terrain and cover where I hunt . It ain't so simple to sneak across the hardwood areas after the leaves have fallen . The woods are too open and if it's a dry day it's simply too da'gumm noisy . From the edge of such places I may do quite a bit of clucking , yelping and scratching in an attempt to strike up a response from a gobbler that may be down low or on the next ridge . But when it is dry you can often hear those big birds scratching leaves a long way off . Sneak up on those ridge tops or transition areas and listen a while . I advise to not just walk to the top or edge and begin calling . Oh , it will work sometimes , but I prefer to listen and try to detect turkey movement by ear and determine their direction of travel before calling. Kinda gives me the chance to formulate a plan too.
Any call we use in the spring is capable of pulling in a fall bird . But I generally use the gobbler clucks and yelps . Sometimes a short series of gobbler cutts followed by a couple slow croaking yelps .
Rarely do I pass up a chance to fool with the young and hens . During season I will call to them just for the fun of seeing how they respond ,,or if they will . You can have young birds run to you by making faint keekee's . I simply whistle this faint call with my own two lips ,,,,,,,,,( I can whistle ).
Again ,,,,,,,the best teacher of turkey hunting is the WILD TURKEY . Spend time among them and be rewarded .