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Fall hunting tactics

I've got spring turkey hunting figured out to take birds fairly consistantly. But are there any tried and true methods for the fall since they won't be talking? Or is it just a hike around and get lucky ordeal?

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i havent hunted turks out

i havent hunted turks out here but see them all the time in eastern oregon while deer/elk hunting, i will usally stalk up o them just to see if i can. i hear that turkeys are smart and will bust you but i thinks thats a false statement, i can get to 10 yards or less almost every time. If i did hunt them it would be spot and stalk

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The population density of

The population density of turkeys where I would hunt is no where near good enough to spot and stalk them if they aren't giving away their position by calling. I'm not sure how to go about it.

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Hunting turkeys in the fall

Hunting turkeys in the fall requires a lot of scouting to locate birds, food sources and travel routes. Turkey hunting in the fall requires more patience b/c the birds aren't sounding off every morning.  The old timers tell us the fall is the only time turkeys should be hunted. They say hunting turkeys in the spring should be outlawed b/c it's so easy to kill them.

One way to hunt them is to find a flock and intentionally spook them. Set up where you spooked them and start doing a locator call with your turkey call. A lot of times you can call the birds back to the place they spooked. I have seen people use dogs to locate and spook a flock. Set up and call the turkeys back within range. They even trained the dogs to retrieve the turkey at the shot.

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Hunting turkeys in the fall requires a lot of scouting to locate birds, food sources and travel routes. Turkey hunting in the fall requires more patience b/c the birds aren't sounding off every morning.  The old timers tell us the fall is the only time turkeys should be hunted. They say hunting turkeys in the spring should be outlawed b/c it's so easy to kill them.

One way to hunt them is to find a flock and intentionally spook them. Set up where you spooked them and start doing a locator call with your turkey call. A lot of times you can call the birds back to the place they spooked. I have seen people use dogs to locate and spook a flock. Set up and call the turkeys back within range. They even trained the dogs to retrieve the turkey at the shot.

I have heard of that method. I didn't end up getting out for fall turkeys because I was just too darn busy between school and work. I can not wait for spring turkey season this year. Now that big game hunting is over for me I am really looking forward to chasing the big birds. I have got some coyote and waterfowl hunting to get me through the winter though.

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When turkey hunting in the

When turkey hunting in the fall out here, most of them are killed as a bi-product of when guys are out bow hunting for deer, or hunting for some other game bird.  Tough to get on them with calling this time of year.

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That's why the game dept

That's why the game dept should set the fall turkey dates when there isn't any other hunting going on at the same time as turkey season. I don't know but maybe they just want them shot. When we had a fall season, no other big game season was in progress at the same time. Only seems logical to me but I'm not a biologist.

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thats how it is

In most units in eastern oregon its a draw tag, pretty easy to draw though. but the season is between deer and elk hunts, maybe I'll apply next year and get me a bird. even when i was there in sept i saw a lot of turkeys. I'm pretty darn sure i could stalk one and put it down. I think it would be kinda fun. I think in western oregon its an otc tag but coinsides with deer and elk hunts.

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Well, deer season is 4 months

Well, deer season is 4 months long, and pig season is neverending.  So, it might be hard to schedule a season around that..... Yes

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Yeah, I would agree it is

Yeah, I would agree it is hard to schedule a fall turkey season concurrent that line up of deer and pig hunting. But, the game department could set the season in Jan after the deer season and make it illegal to hunt turkeys with anything other than turkey loads. I don't know too many individuals who hunt pigs with a Number 4 turkey load. Most of the people I know that target pigs do so with a bow or rifle which it should be illegal to hunt turkeys with a rifle to start with.

We had a fall season for several years but it was set in Jan after the deer season. And I haven't heard any conflict with the pig hunters taking turkeys for the above reason. It can be done in a controlled manner.

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Well, the saving grace out

Well, the saving grace out here for the turkeys is that if they catch you hunting turkeys with anything larger than the specified shot size, you are violatiing the law.  So, you can't technically carry, say, a shotgun with slugs and #4 shot.  So, when I say that alot of the turkeys killed are by people hunting other game, it's usually by Archery.  That's the only way you can "legally" hunt both species at once.  It just happenes that alot of the turkey areas also have a big # of archery deer hunters.

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