Fall Turkey Hunting Tips

Discussion in 'Turkey Hunting' started by kyjoe, Nov 20, 2010.

  1. kyjoe

    kyjoe Fawn

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    The property I am hunting this year for deer is set up really well for turkey and I have seen 2 turkeys this week and heard more. Another hunter also had 3 long beards on his trail cam recently. This is making me want to try some Fall turkey when shotgun opens up again Dec 4th, but I have never done it before. I have decoys and calls for Spring turkey, but know nothing of Fall turkey methods. Any suggestions, tips, or recommended websites for Fall turkey hunting how to info?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Redfeather

    Redfeather 8 pointer

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    I'd try real hard to find out were they roost & bust em up the night before(right at dark so you get em scattered real good).After spending all night alone they not real hard to call back in the next morning...this is just one tactic,there's several more way to hunt them.....
     
  3. Semp

    Semp 10 pointer

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    Ambush is a good strategy. Figure out where they want to go and head them off at the pass! :)
     
  4. MAKEemQUIVER

    MAKEemQUIVER 10 pointer

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    Both the tips stated are very good tactics, just remember in the fall it is all about the food. If you find where they are feeding then you will be on them. Get out there and give it a try, I dont like it as much as spring hunting but it is a blast.
     
  5. turk2di

    turk2di Cyber-Hunter

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    Turkeys can be really dependable in the late fall on showing up at the same time. If they have been, wait them out without dekes or calling to them. Otherwise, locate white oaks( or corn fields) that they & deer are hitting that is near creeks & hollowsw for roosting & there you are!
     
  6. realtreeshooter

    realtreeshooter 6 pointer

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    I killed my buck for the season so i have turned back to the turkeys. Friday i went to a site were i have seen turkeys and put me up a blind this will be the first time i will have ever hunted from one. I am going to give it a week then start using it . Its a ambush site between were they roost and feed. Actually i cant wait to get in the blind im taking my small propane heater with me and ill be able to wait em out allllllll day. By the way ill be sporting my bow.
     
  7. Xi Bowhunter

    Xi Bowhunter 12 pointer

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    Here is a question:

    will busting up turkeys make them change their habits? We spooked several flocks of turkeys during the gun season, and I was hoping to hunt them when gun season went out, but they haven't seemed to be around lately.
     
  8. Semp

    Semp 10 pointer

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    Turkeys in the fall are going to be where the food is. Acorns are big right now and there are lots of them. So they could be anywhere. Busting up a flock won't change its habits. Unless, of course, you do it day after day then maybe.

    They move as a group. That's part of the fun of fall turkey hunting. Trying to find the flock.
     
  9. Xi Bowhunter

    Xi Bowhunter 12 pointer

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    A guy I know that killed on a few weeks back cut open the gullett, and there were a couple hundred tiny acorns in there, along with 50 or so green stink bugs. Some of the stink bugs were still moving. It was really neat to see.
     
  10. Cornmonkey

    Cornmonkey 8 pointer

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    Last one i got i stalked up and said howdy. Came home for dinner they did. LOL.
     
  11. Cantmisum

    Cantmisum 8 pointer

    Find yourself a patch of locas trees there are eating the heck out of the pods that have fallen this past few week .
    The dates and Times are off.

    [​IMG]
     
  12. Xi Bowhunter

    Xi Bowhunter 12 pointer

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    I busted a flock of toms yesterday and almost got them to come back in. They stayed behind my blind, and never showed themselves within shooting range. I don't know if I was using the wrong calls or what.
     
  13. Cantmisum

    Cantmisum 8 pointer

    Try a Deer Grunt, I was grunting at them a few weeks ago they were standing in the middle of the feild and they came right in close and Eyeballed me in my ladder stand. I could have spit on them
    They did the same thing last year.So I tryed it again and it worked.
     
  14. notimlmit

    notimlmit 12 pointer

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    My fall tactic has always been; watch them during the deer gun season, try to establish their patterns then, set up a pop up in the known travel path then wait and hunt. They tend to stick to a good pattern during the fall like heading to a favorite food source and seem to be on a time schedule. All we do is set up and hunt the time periods we have been usally seeing them come through and wait them out without doing any calling. The pop ups have never seemed to bother them what so ever even if set up the same day. I have been watching a group of 10 toms that like to come through around 8:30 and oddly enough right next to our building we deer hunt from so guess where I'll set up, the nice thing about that is I'll have heat if I need it. And before the question is asked, no we didn't put that first drop of corn out either, that might explain why I still have both deer tags.
     
  15. thunderchicken83

    thunderchicken83 Fawn

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    Try and bust them up then sit close to where you busted them up wait about ten minutes and start yelping and kee kee they should start answering you and come back one at a time if you busted them up good! Or put the old sneak on them!
     
  16. ryan hickey

    ryan hickey 12 pointer

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    i like the sneak approach myself, last fall turkey i killed i just walked up on by complete accident. i figured i was already busted but these 3 hens just stood there as i pretty well ran about10-12 steps to close the distance on em. raised my gun and let one of em have it, never thought i could get away with that much movement but it worked. anybody else experience this? sorry if this is thread hijack
     

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