As Stump said theyll gobble any time of year. I think they gobble to locate each other if the flocks been broken up. I was deer hunting this fall and on the way to my stand i busted a flock of jakes. Part of them went one way and the other half went another...Within about 25 minutes they were gobbling back and forth until they finally met up again.
I seen them again the next day. This time i had my turkey call. I yelped to them just like i would in the spring and they responded. They gobbled and strutted all the way in...Just like spring. When they got up there and didnt find any decoys they just strutted around. I gave a soft call they came even closer, fanned out and started fighting with each other. It was really fun to watch.
Now, if i could hunt this property for turkeys i would have never done this for risk of wising them up. Since i cant, i decided to have some fun with these youngsters. It was a blast. In recent years the population in this part of the state has declined due to hard winters and predation. Hopefully theyll plant some birds and the natural population rebounds so that we can have a huntable poplulation in this area again...So for now im stickin to southern Michigan...No population problems there what so ever.
Oh yea... reminder for you Michigan boys, dont forget to get your appliction in for the spring season...Deadline is Feb 1, 2008