Pennsylvania-based Vincent Paul Fedele highlights wild turkey hunting opportunities as winter approaches.
Full of action, the fall hunting season offers an excellent opportunity for keen huntsmen and huntresses in the U.S. to bag, among other wildlife, one of many, many thousands of wild turkeys, abundant at this time of year. A successful businessman, passionate hunter, saltwater fisherman, and father of two from Easton, Pennsylvania, Vincent Paul Fedele shares three turkey hunting tips from the so-called hunters’ paradise state.
“Enjoying millions of acres of land upon which to hunt, the state of Pennsylvania is widely regarded as one of the best hunting states in the nation,” says Fedele. “At this time of year, wild turkeys are particularly abundant, especially in northern Pennsylvania and areas such as Moshannon State Forest.”
Fedele’s first tip calls for an early start. “Wild turkeys are active from sunrise, and while they’ll be out and about until sundown, it’s important to get started early,” he explains.
This, he says, is because pinpointing wild turkeys gets more and more difficult as the day draws on. “They’re incredibly vocal at this time of year,” Fedele suggests, “and an area where you perhaps expected to find turkeys, based on advice or past experience, may turn out to be anything but as they repeatedly call and regroup elsewhere.”
Instead of giving them a head start, the Keystone State hunting and fishing aficionado advise slipping in early, before the birds have had a chance to make a move.
Next, he says, work on your call. “The right call can have wild turkeys—especially young birds—frantic to be together and, in doing so, working their collective way toward you,” Fedele explains. “Call plaintively and wait for a response before hitting back again and again. Matching every call and working the birds up into a frenzy is an almost surefire ticket to wild turkeys, particularly in the fall,” he adds.
Lastly, Fedele’s third tip involves getting your feet—and arguably, the rest of you—wet.
“Turkeys hate wet weather, not least because on rainy ways, their calls are muffled—as are the sounds of approaching predators—by sodden leaves in their preferred woodland living and hiding spots,” he explains. As a result, Fedele reveals that during even light to moderate rain, wild turkeys will often head for open ground, such as fields, where they feel safer.
“Scope out open areas during, or even just after, rainfall,” he adds, wrapping up, “to increase the likelihood of happening upon this fall’s wild turkeys.”