It’s a widely held notion in the fall hunting tradition that you’ve got to break up the flock to gain a tactical calling advantage. It’s true, that works, whether you employ a dog where legal, or flush the groups on foot using terrain to get close.

You can also simply set up in the woods where turkey sign is fresh, and cold call. Clucks, hen yelps, kee-kees, kee-kee-runs, even gobbling, can draw curious flocks closer.

During the my recent Cold Call Fall-Hickoff Photo hunts, whether hunting alone or with a buddy, we’ve seen success cold calling both family flocks (brood hens and birds of the year), and bigger adult groups (containing broodless hens and full-fan gobblers) inside 40 yards—often closer.

And it’s no fluke, over the years this tactic has consistently put fall turkeys in range.

Any of you Strut Zoners simply set up and call to your fall birds, either at fly-down time, during the day, or before they go to roost? Any luck using this strategy?—Steve Hickoff