I was recently asked for advice on another board on how to persue fall turkeys. First I am amazed anybody would think that I know enough to actually give advice. Second I am surprised anyone would be fool enough to want to drive themselves insane fooling with these crazy birds. For what it is worth this is the advice I gave take it for it is worth LOL. Sorry for the delay in responding. I haven't visited this site in awhile. First congratulations on leaving Atlanta and welcome to the Heart of Dixie. Next you are asking a very tough question. Fall turkey hunting can be the easiest form of hunting turkeys or it is graduate level work depending on whether you are after young of the year jakes or mature gobblers. Only male birds are legal in Alabama so learn to distinguish a young of the year jake from hens or jennies. Also decoys are not allowed during fall season, should be illegal during spring but that is my problem. Best advice is to develop your woodsmenship skills to their highest levels. Next get out there and observe the birds at close range. I used to try to get in behind a flock of birds and follow them and keep them within hearing. The basic technique is similar to spring in only one respect, that is trying to call them to the gun. The calls you will use are not the excited mating calls of spring but the lost calls (kee kee and kee kee runs) of the jakes and jennies and to a lesser extent the assembly call of the hen. With mature gobblers clucks and yelps of the old birds are what you will use and then very sparingly. Once you feel that your skills are at a level to attempt this take on a flock of young birds. Get as close as you can then run in like a madman whooping and hollering to scatter the flock. Make sure you get a good scatter with the birds going in all directions. Follow up on groups that fly off together. Also pay close attention that mama hen is run off as far as possible. Immediately set up at the scatter spot, many times the birds will try to regroup immediately. Usually within an half an hour. The young birds will call to each other and mama with kee kees and kee kee runs. This is the high pitched whistle of the poults the run adds a yelp or two at the end of the kee kee. Pay attention to the age of the young birds, small poults give a clear whistling kee kee and as the birds age the kee kee gets more in tune with an older birds voice. As the voice changes into an adults they start doing runs by adding yelps. By seasons end you will hear fewer kee kees and more yelping, throw in a lost call here, it is very similar to the assembly call. Like a teenager their voice is changing and will sound accordingly. As the birds start calling respond in kind, they should accept you as one of them and assemble at your location. Be aware that mama will also be trying to rally her flock and will be giving the assembly call, a series of rapidly ascending yelps (6-12)tailing off into two or three falling off yelps. You don't stand a chance against mama as the birds know her voice. You are left with the options of trying to out call her (poor odds), hope she comes your way pulling birds with her (real fun trying to take a jake with mama standing nearby) or my preference get up and run her off again. Also be aware of the prodigies out there, some of these jakes seem to be hatched with a skill in slipping in silently while their siblings stand out there talking. Sometimes in spite of your best efforts they will assemble nearby but not in front of the gun, you can tell this when two or more call in the same location then go silent. You might consider a rescatter. As to the calls to use the diaphraghm is the most versitle but can be difficult to get a good kee kee, look at single reeds or ones with thin reeds. Pin the call tight to the roof of the mouth and blow a thin stream of air until you can get a high pitched whistle then learn to modulate that into a kee kee, now add a coarse yelp or two at the end and you have the run. I often find it easier to use a slate (real slate or aluminum) and run the striker on the very outside of the surface creating a high pitch. Now to the graduate level, mature gobblers. These birds are quite self sufficient and are in no hurry to regroup so a scatter even though recommended is not as effective. The best scatters on gobblers is at flyup time as it gives them all night to calm down and be ready to regroup at dawn the next morning. Sometimes these old birds are quite content to wait until tommorow or even next week to find their buddies even when they do regroup they are not very vocal doing so. Often they will only give a low key cluck or yelp just to let the others know they are still in the area. DO expect them to wander in on their own time silently. Often times the most success is just to wait quietly at the scatter point for hours if needed. I've rarely had much luck fooling with older gobblers by scattering. I've had more luck just listening for the flock and moving to a point in front of their direction of travel. I then give a couple coarse clucks and hush. Now I see that you say you are a deer hunter, so there are a couple things you need to unlearn. One, with deer it is often possible to move with the deer in sight (I have done this many times even walking closer) DO NOT think this is possible with a turkey. Old indian saying; Deer sees man thinks stump, turkey sees stump thinks man. Once set up have your gun up and pointed in the direction the turkey is expected minor adjustments can be made as the turkey approaches, no adjustments can be made once the bird is in sight unless it steps behind a tree or otherwise moves to where it cannot see. Be aware here often times a bird will stand just below a rise or behind a tree or shrub and periscope it's head and give the area a good once over. If it does not like what it sees say goodbye. Second thing to unlearn is that turkey are not to be ambushed like deer. Anybody can sit over a foodplot and bushwhack anything that wanders by. It takes skill to convince a bird to come to you. Finally one peice of advice that I give all aspiring turkey men, Turkey hunting has never ever been about killing turkeys it is about meeting him on his terms and winning. You don't have to kill him to win. Good luck, David.