Well done and congratulations. I am glad you posted the story. As far as my feelings go, the fall opens the bag of tricks and dumps it out. There are things we do in the fall that we never consider in the spring, and that is part of what makes it fun. If you insist on going, setting down and cold calling a bird to you, in the fall, then your most likely in for a long hard season. Not that it doesn't happen, just like spring, but birds will more often just ignore your calling and want you to come to them. Oh they'll answer and talk up the woods and all the time move on their merry way. The key is to get ahead in the general direction they are headed, then you can steer the to come take a look. If your lucky enough to find a lone lonesome bird or two then they will come right to you, but most don't. The idea of busting them is alter their routine and change their plans. Then you take advantage of the regrouping and reestablishing of routine. The other options are ambush and stalk, it's all part of the game to me. The key thing you said is you had the best 2.5 hours of fun, that is what it's about! You answered your own doubt, you hunted legal and had a great time....you hunted ethically. Now enjoy the best turkey you'll ever eat, those poults are yummy.
Bust em, Bag em, thank HIm