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Old October 26, 2012, 05:12 PM   #9
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Early fall toms are hard to call if they are more than 1 1/2 year olds. Theyv'e hung out in their bachelor groups since last spring and have no desire to group with hens and young of the year.......yet. One reason they don't respond well to hen calls or assembly type calls. Toms yelp differently than hens, lower pitched and louder. Sounding like a tom will work better early in the fall than sounding like a hen....if you're after toms. Sounding like a contented feeding bird will draw a toms attention much quicker than a aggressive assembly call. Assembly types of calls tell the Toms somethings was up to spread the flock, thus the need to reassemble and they get nervous. Toms that were Jakes in the spring, still act like Jakes and are easily called using just about anything. Late fall and into the winter when flocks become more mixed, assembly and other calls work better on Toms since they now are naturally hangin' out with hens and young of the year. Early in the fall I tend to find where toms roost and focus my hunting on trying to catch them on their way to roost or immediately after fly-down. In the evening many times they are in a hurry to get to roost and are more vulnerable than at any other time....especially if you know where they are going.
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