Yamaha Outdoors Tips — Fall Turkey Hunting

Gobblers like this duo are reason enough to get out for fall turkeys this autumn. (NWTF courtesy photo)

Gobblers like this duo are reason enough to get out for fall turkeys this autumn. (NWTF courtesy photo)

By Steve Hickoff

For some of you who grew up in the “beards in the spring; antlers in the fall” tradition, autumn turkey hunting might be an afterthought. For others, it’s a priority. Here are some reasons why:

You’ve got a closet full of turkey hunting apparel, a gun or bow, and a bunch of calls. Use the stuff. 

Early and even late archery seasons often coincide with chances at both whitetails and wild turkeys from the same treestand. 

Need a better excuse to be out there? It will help you scout for deer firearms season, which often falls later than certain fall turkey gun-hunt dates.

Want to improve your wild turkey talk? Spending more time with vocal autumn flocks will help make you a better spring gobbler hunter. At times in the fall woods you’ll hear a range of calling birds, from young to adult. Spending time with the turkeys will teach you plenty.

Looking for a way to pass along your experience and love of the outdoors? It’s an excellent opportunity to introduce a young person to the turkey hunting tradition.

Closing the deal on a hen is much like tagging a doe in deer hunting. In some highly populated areas of turkey country, taking an adult broodless hen (or young bird) is practical game management. Remember how difficult it was back in spring to lure a strutter away from maybe a handful to a dozen hens? 

Turkey dogs are used to find and flush flocks before you attempt to call scattered gregarious birds back to the break site. As a result, dog men, in states where it’s legal, can add another game bird species to their list of opportunities.

A wild turkey on your Thanksgiving Day table honors the outdoor experience and extends memories.

Okay, you’ve got your list of good excuses. Check for available hunts in your state and others, then get out on your Yamaha ATV or Side-by-Side and enjoy two-season turkey hunting this fall.