Some days, turkeys gobble from dawn to dark. Other days, they don't gobble at all. Why? The easy explanation is that they're unpredictable. While that may be true, turkey gobbling does follow a pattern throughout the mating season, with two peaks and a lull in between. The dates in the chart below are based on a landmark survey done in South Carolina, but the pattern is the same everywhere. Depending on where you live, your state's hunting season may begin after turkey gobbling has started, or end while it is still going on. The onset of spring prompts gobblers to sound off and display. After toms gather harems, gobbling decreases, marking the height of mating season. When fertilized hens leave to sit on nests, gobbling picks up again as toms search for unbred females. Gobbling rises to a second peak, then tapers off. Monitoring gobbling activity can help you determine which tactics to use.