During the spring, a turkey’s raging hormones makes it easier to get them in bow range, but in the fall, if you want to be successful with your bow, you must be a woodsman — pattern turkey flocks, determine what they are eating and where they are feeding, and hunt them like you would a deer.
Tips to find and shoot your fall bird
- Hunters should look for fresh scratching and oak trees that have dropped their acorns. These are the places turkeys will spend a lot of their time in the fall.
- Use a scouting camera to tell you how often and when the birds are frequenting the area. If you don’t have a trail camera, old-fashioned scouting works well, too.
- Determine travel patterns and wait for the birds to walk past. A small patch of woods between a roosting area and a food source is often a great place to put a pop-up blind or ground blind.
- Learn where the flock roosts and figure out where the birds pitch down. Hunt near a roost site until dusk in the evening to give yourself a good chance to release an arrow.
- Bust up a flock of birds by yourself or with a turkey dog, if it is legal in your state. Spook the birds by chasing them and making noise, which will force the birds to separate from each other (hopefully in different directions). Sit down and call them back together.
The good news is in the fall there are many birds in the woods, so even if you make a mistake, you’ll probably get another opportunity. Patience and persistence are key during the fall season.