Turkey hunting in the fall is often overlooked. While hunting for turkeys in the fall may be more challenging, and turkeys may not gobble as frequently as they do in the spring, it’s still a wonderful experience to bag one as the leaves change and fall from the trees. The following are some tips to help your fall turkey hunting experience be pleasant as well as successful.
Finding turkeys is generally the most difficult part of your fall turkey hunting trip. The best part is that as you get better at finding turkeys in the fall, finding them in the spring will be much easier. Some key places to search for turkeys are listed below:
- Fields: Depending on the weather, turkeys will be in fields or open places in the early mornings or late evenings. If the weather is particularly cold or rainy, turkeys may congregate around the middle of the day, when the ground is a little warmer and, in the event of rain, when predators can be heard and seen more easily.
- Roosts: Finding a roost tree is an excellent strategy to make sure you get an autumn turkey. One roost tree can house an entire flock. When turkeys roost in a certain tree, there will normally be a big number of droppings as well as some feathers around the tree.
- Tall Wooded Areas: This is a spot where turkeys are frequently seen passing through or in the middle of the day. V-shaped scrapes on the ground are signs of turkeys in these places, as they strive to clear the ground of garbage and leaves. Feathers or droppings are another thing to keep a watch out for.
There are some calls which work better than others when turkey hunting during the fall:
- Cluck: When there are a lot of birds around, clucks are a fantastic way to communicate. They communicate with the bird in a friendly manner. But be careful not to make the cluck too sharp, since this could be misinterpreted as an alarm cry; instead, keep your call a little more relaxed and drawn out.
- Kee Kee Run: Young jakes typically make this sound. When young birds are learning to talk, they emit this sound, but they become separated from the rest of the group.
- Purr: Purrs are produced by pleased turkeys who are being fed. They’re intended to signal to other turkeys in the flock that they’re nearby and happy while feeding.
- Yelp: This sound is made by hens to communicate with other turkeys, particularly their offspring. This is also produced by stranded turkeys attempting to locate one another.
Fall is a great time to be in the woods and trying to hunt some turkey. It’s also a good time to brush up on certain skills in preparation for spring turkey season. So, we would highly recommend that you go out and explore to see if you can find yourself a Thanksgiving turkey without having to purchase one from the stores!