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Bust These Fall Turkey Hunting Myths

As with any sport, myths abound in turkey hunting. Hunt camp is a prime locale to pass around stories of wild turkeys larger than a Volkswagen, turkeys that earned epic nicknames for their ability to evade hunters for decades… the list goes on. If you’ve ever hunted gobblers in the fall (or plan to at some point), you’ve likely heard some whoppers about chasing toms. Here, Steve Hickoff outlines seven fall turkey hunting myths you can try to debunk this season.

closeupboy Image by Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Myth: Fall gobblers don’t strut or gobble. Fall turkeys roost gobble, ground gobble and after an intentional flock break as they regroup during your call-back effort. This includes longbeards, super jakes, and young male turkeys.

Fall gobblers strut too. Super jakes — male fall turkeys born two springs ago, but not yet two years of age — seem particularly committed to strutting in autumn. Each fall I’ll usually find a gang including several strutting full-fan gobblers, and a nearby group of adult hens with a family flock.

And it’s not just the male birds. During one autumn Vermont hunt, my buddies and I called in a strutting adult hen. Doubt it? We filmed it.”

Photos: California Department of Fish and Game (top); Ohio Department of Natural Resources (above)

Shannon Rikard is a freelance writer and photographer with a passion for conservation and wedding and portrait photography. The Archery Trade Association and National Wild Turkey Federation have published her work. A self-professed word geek, she enjoys Wheel of Fortune, crossword puzzles, and finding a dynamite synonym to illustrate any point. After starting her career in public relations with a national conservation organization, she ventured out on her own with Copper Door Studios.