I've heard that some guys will work fall longbeards like they work a spring bird. Has anyone had any success doing that?
I was also wondering about the gobble call in the fall to draw in longbeards.
The WMU I hunt in the spring just got opened up to fall turkey. This area has it all. Tremendous food sources, ample water, and great roosting.
Should I just sneak into the food source area and setup there? I don't plan on trying to bust a flock up, just work food sources and scout this area hard in September.
I love the fall hunt. There is just something special about being in the woods in early October.
Any advice from vetran fall hunters is welcomed and appriciated!
If you are refering to calling them from the roost the answer is yes . But gobblers being the way they are ,,sometimes they just aren't interested in what you or I may offer in the way of calling .
Their nature to be with other turkeys is a big part of fall hunting . Though the gobblers can be found alone or in a pair or more . I worked on a huge flock of gobblers last fall with no success . They were seemingly content to stand their ground and make me do the walking ,,,,,,or it just may have been my impatience .
We often times ''Cold Call'' during the spring season in an attempt to strike up a willing bird . It is the same in the fall . But , depending on whether you are seeking just a turkey , of either sex , or a mature gobbler , this will determine exactly what specific call you will use .
I've experienced good success in striking up a clucking conversation with afternoon gobblers . Cutting and yelping also has proven to be affective. Gobbling is a call I am more willing to use as I get more fall experience . I should have killed a tom last fall that came to my gobbling , but I limited myself by carrying a 410 and was not willing to risk the shot with the gobbler just beyond my optimum range .
I went in near a known roost site in the darkness in late November . Taking my time to be as silent as possible and remain unseen as I moved through a large cedar grove by a dim headlamp . I stopped about 60 yards from the flock . The dense cedars allowed me to get that close unseen . There is a ditch in the bottom of that holler . The cedars go right down to the ditch on one side ,,with hardwoods on the other side . The birds were in the hardwoods .
I waited for the sky to lighten . I hoped to be the first bird to tree call , and was fortunate to be just that . I made one gobble . I think every tom on the roost had something to say about it too . Their chatter of yelps , whistling , clucks and gobbles went on for some time . It was a very rewarding experience even though I didn't get them to come my way . They seemed to just drop from the trees , take up scratching and went away . The part that amazes me is that they seemed to know that my gobble was not part of their flock . And , by that statement I'll say , that I believe that the gobble will pull in the more mature birds , under certain conditions or certaintimes of the day . At this point I don't know if the gobble is a good call to give to roosting birds .
I may at some point attempt to scatter a flock ,,,just for the show , and the fun of trying to call them back ,,,but my goal is to learn how to pull in those longbearded old birds with just calling and by knowing the woods very well .
Scouting pays off . Squirrel hunting September to begin searching out where the big boys are feeding , loafing and roosting .
Da'gummit this stuff gets me wound up fiddlestring tight ![:D]