How do you hunt them? Will they roost in the same spots as the spring? Ive hunted them before but I was not knowing what I was doin. I dont hunt turkeys in my deer woods, I have several places to hunt. Indiana's season comes in on the same day as early archery(deer) and if its as warm this fall as it has been in the past I will be hunting turkeys instead of deer!
It can be a lot like spring , with some days as quiet as a midnight funeral home . But generally they are vocal on the early morning roost and right after flydown .
Scouting pays off , as with any species .
The deeper into fall , when the mast is on the ground , they'll be where the food is throughout the day .
They'll be in segragated flocks early and will work toward bigger mixed flocks into winter . Hens and poults . Last years jakes . Hens without poults . Mature gobblers . And any mixture is not uncommon . You might even see a strutter .
Some hunters will attempt to scatter the flock once they have manuvered as close as possible . Running right toward the flock yelling and shooting their gun , with light loads , into the air . The best scatter will send birds in all directions .
Some use dogs for the scatter ,,,,,saves a lot of footwork and having old men running men running with loaded guns. Dogs ,,that is GOOD DOGS ,,will scatter better than a running man .
Some fellers seek out roost sites to wait out the birds . Once it gets dark, or very near dark on an overcast evening , they'll bump the flock from the roost . Too much light or a clear sunset and all the birds will go the same direction . Be back to that same spot in the morning and begin calling them back .
Some fellers just wait on them like deer hunting to ambush one . By knowing their travel routes or favorite oak mast restaraunt[:D].
I like fooling with them all in the fall . They can put on some amazing shows , and oftentimes every vocalization can be heard .
Roaming the ridges around the known roost and feeding areas is great therapy during the fall . I never get in a hurry about filling a tag . It's more important to me to have the time to hunt ( 7 week season in Ohio) than to fill a tag .
The calls of the young birds can be heard often .
The kee kee or whistle of young birds can be faint or very loud .
Lost yelps , or long strings of yelps may be heard from either sex and any age bird ,, but is most typical of a hen and brood that has been scattered .
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Not as many hunters in the woods in the fall . Most of the archery , deer hunters , hunt the edges where I hunt . Last fall I hunted seven weeks and never ran into another hunter .