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#3744879 - 08/26/14 08:13 AM Fall Turkey question(s)
Forvols
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Gonna give fall turkey a try and have some questions. Is fall season a sit and call situation or a search and destroy? Actually I have never really "just" turkey hunted so yep...rookie to that. Any advice/recommendation would help. Hunting my own land with turkey sightings every day, morning and late afternoon/evening.
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#3744963 - 08/26/14 09:28 AM Re: Fall Turkey question(s) [Re: Forvols]
catman529
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Sit and calling sometimes but definitely spot and stalk will get you on birds quicker. I like to check fields first because they are easiest, unless the area I'm in doesn't have fields. Call and listen for yelps, or keep walking and stop occasionally and listen for scratching. Sometimes you will hear them scratching in leaves long before you see em. And keep in mind the flocks means a lot of eyes to pick you out.

When I see a flock in a field I will try to get back in the woods out of sight and sneak around to get closer. If I can't call them in, I will just creep through the woods to the edge nearest the birds and if they are in range then open fire. Usually they are near the edge of a field but not always.

Last year I was headed out of the woods on opening day of fall turkey and was walking up a hillside on a WMA. I looked up and just happened to notice a bunch of hens in a private cattle field not far ahead. I froze and slowly dropped to the ground and somehow they didn't see me. I laid down prone and called a few times, and pretty quickly I heard rustling sounds move into the woods and soon there were their stretched out necks up close and personal. I got 4 that evening.

They are very much callable in the fall, but sometimes spotting and stalking is the way to go. I finally killed a longbeard last fall which was my first for fall hunting. There was a small flock of gobblers that I managed to call in for a look, they were just curious and kind of suspicious but I and Rockhound doubled.

I am tempted to say fall hunting is easier than spring hunting, but that could be because you can kill ANY turkey and not just the bearded ones. Make sure you know the bag limit for your county. You can go to another county and kill more there if you hit your county's bag limit.
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#3746074 - 08/27/14 01:00 PM Re: Fall Turkey question(s) [Re: catman529]
woodsman87
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I like trying to bust them up then calling them back in. Calling in a group of hens, jakes, or young birds is usually pretty easy. Longbeards are normally harder to get to regroup, sometimes I don't know if they do get back together.
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#3790792 - 10/10/14 08:55 PM Re: Fall Turkey question(s) [Re: woodsman87]
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so you can kill more than one a day if the limit is greater than 1 for your county?
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#3790896 - 10/11/14 03:54 AM Re: Fall Turkey question(s) [Re: gobblinfool]
stik
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 Originally Posted By: gobblinfool
so you can kill more than one a day if the limit is greater than 1 for your county?


you can kill the entire county limit in one day then go to another county and kill that limit in the same day.
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#3790908 - 10/11/14 04:53 AM Re: Fall Turkey question(s) [Re: stik]
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Doesn't look like many folks are gone get after them today
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#3791609 - 10/11/14 09:10 PM Re: Fall Turkey question(s) [Re: Main Beam]
catman529
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 Originally Posted By: Main Beam
Doesn't look like many folks are gone get after them today
yep I been workin all day and tomorrow morning, slight chance at a deer hunt tomorrow evening but can't hunt Monday either, so..... Later this week I'll try and kill a turkey
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#3791892 - 10/12/14 08:57 AM Re: Fall Turkey question(s) [Re: catman529]
mike243
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the rules say no more than 1 bearded turkey per day and doesn't state any different for the fall season that I could find
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#3792069 - 10/12/14 12:27 PM Re: Fall Turkey question(s) [Re: mike243]
stik
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 Originally Posted By: mike243
the rules say no more than 1 bearded turkey per day and doesn't state any different for the fall season that I could find


"The bag limits listed in the table are for turkeys, either sex."

i take it from that that the 1 bearded per day does not apply in the fall.
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#3792091 - 10/12/14 12:44 PM Re: Fall Turkey question(s) [Re: stik]
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 Originally Posted By: stik
 Originally Posted By: mike243
the rules say no more than 1 bearded turkey per day and doesn't state any different for the fall season that I could find


"The bag limits listed in the table are for turkeys, either sex."

i take it from that that the 1 bearded per day does not apply in the fall.
Whats the difference in spring or fall? I would love to be able to shoot 2 turkeys in a day during spring season.
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