Fall Turkey Hunting

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Fall Turkey Hunting.  

The first item a hunter has to keep in mind is that a fall bird is not a spring bird. Turkeys behave differently in the fall than they do in the spring. In the spring the focus is breeding. Gobblers are seeking hens and hens are nesting. In the fall the focus is on flocking and feeding. So, while a spring hunter looks for places such as strutting zones a fall hunter should be concerned with feeding areas. As with any wild critter, turkeys are where you find them, however, looking for mast producing trees along ridge tops, and agricultural fields close to roosting areas will greatly increase a hunter's chances of locating a fall flock.

The second item that a hunter needs to keep in mind is that, where it is legal, it is acceptable to shoot a hen. In most states that have a fall turkey season, harvesting hens is legal whereas, with a few exceptions, shooting hens in the spring is unlawful. Harvesting a young hen or even a jake in the fall will provide excellent table fare so go ahead and take revenge on the hen that lured the gobbler away in the spring!


        

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