It's fall, and that means it's time to practice your turkey call sounds. You say you don't hunt turkey in the fall, what, are you kidding? Fall turkey hunting is the original tradition; we sure don't eat a traditional turkey for Easter! Fall means Thanksgiving and what better way to spend Thanksgiving Day than to have the family be feasting on that turkey you bagged yourself?
You Can Practice Your Turkey Call Sounds For Fun
Fall is the time for getting out in the woods and having a blast (pardon the pun), scattering turkey and then using your best turkey call to bring them all back in. Even if you are not a hunter, this is a great outdoor activity that is just plain fun to do and you don't even have to shoot anything to participate. It takes planning, time, skill and practice, but it is well worth the effort.
Quietly Move Through The Woods To Listen For Turkey Activity
The rules of the game are a bit involved. The first thing you need to discover is where the birds are going to be. Knowing where the birds roost and where they regularly eat are the most important parts of all turkey hunting, whether in the spring or the fall. A long quiet walk in the woods, listening for the birds to be chattering back and forth or hearing them moving around, is one very nice way to spend an early fall morning or afternoon. Turkey like big woods all year round and open fields after the harvest for eating and gathering spots, while woods at the edges of bogs and swamps and wooded hillsides are some of their preferred roosting areas.
Make Friends With Folks Who May Know Where Turkeys Are
If you do not get out into the woods as often as you would like, it helps to make friends with farmers and other people who work regularly in the woods, such as loggers and oil workers; these are the folks who see turkey sign on a regular basis. Unfortunately, some people are very guarded about where they see turkey, and they will never reveal their secrets. If you fail with your first attempt, do not be discouraged; there are other folks who spend time in the woods who will be willing to share their knowledge.
You Can Work To Perfect Your Turkey Call Sounds With Internet Help
Once you know where to look, it is time to practice your turkey call sounds. There are several websites that have recorded turkey call sounds to listen to, and they also explain, in depth, what each means and when it is used. This is important because, in the spring, you do not need to know a large number of sounds in order to call a single gobbler to you, but fall turkey hunting is completely different. For the fall season, make certain you are well-practiced on your turkey call sounds. When you are calling the turkey to you, it is important to use your best turkey call.
The First Key Is To Know Where Turkeys Roost
OK, now the fun begins. There are two basic strategies for hunting turkey in the fall. The first is to know where they roost. Find your way there before sunrise and then pick them off as they come down out of the trees in the morning. This strategy is the reason some people think fall turkey hunting is boring. It requires the hunter to fumble around in the early morning hours, in the dark, and provides little excitement. It is pretty foolproof, though. If all you are interested in is getting that turkey dinner on the table (and certainly nothing is wrong with that), this practice works. All it takes is using a few turkey call sounds and the turkey feel confident to come down as soon as they are able to see.
Scatter And Recall Is Also A Good Method To Try
The next method, referred to as Scatter and Recall, involves a bit of stealth, knowledge of some of the areas where the turkey enjoy eating, and a good repertoire of turkey call sounds. Quietly walk to where the birds are gathered, remove the shells from your gun if it is loaded (never run with a loaded gun), and run toward the birds yelling and hollering and waiving your arms. The idea is to suddenly frighten them so they will scatter in all different directions. Reload your gun, sit under a tree and begin to use your best turkey call to recall the scattered birds to the area to regroup. It will take a few minutes for them to settle down enough to want to return, but the urge to be with the flock will win out and they will start to gradually return. In as little as a half hour, you can find yourself surrounded by young turkeys and hens of all sizes; take your pick of which turkey is going to grace your family's Thanksgiving table or take a lot of pictures and have fun telling the stories later, the choice is yours.