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#1239104 - 03/15/09 08:19 PM Guiding hunts
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I want to put some friends on some turkeys opening weekend. I know or I think I know I have some turkeys to put them on. lol

What is the best way to guide a successful turkey hunt where they both make a kill?

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#1239150 - 03/15/09 08:34 PM Re: Guiding hunts [Re: Cuttin Caller]
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Get out and roost a few birds in same area the night before. Then get there early and hope for the best.
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#1239156 - 03/15/09 08:36 PM Re: Guiding hunts [Re: m_allison71]
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How can I be sure the birds I roost don't move off the roost during the night?
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#1239160 - 03/15/09 08:37 PM Re: Guiding hunts [Re: m_allison71]
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yep thats the key roostin is roastin
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#1239165 - 03/15/09 08:40 PM Re: Guiding hunts [Re: Cuttin Caller]
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 Originally Posted By: Cuttin Caller
How can I be sure the birds I roost don't move off the roost during the night?



You can't. If you roost them at dark and nothing scares the crap out of them, they should be there in the morning.
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#1239214 - 03/15/09 09:02 PM Re: Guiding hunts [Re: m_allison71]
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yotes in large pack,big owls, or storm are the only things that might move them.i'd say 98% of time they are going to be there.good luck
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#1239217 - 03/15/09 09:05 PM Re: Guiding hunts [Re: TurkeyBurd]
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bsl is right, but if you have scouted the burds then you know where the fly down will be or have an idea.
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#1240245 - 03/16/09 10:12 AM Re: Guiding hunts [Re: ]
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Be careful roosting also, the gobblers that gobble at dusk aren't the only gobblers in the woods. I've busted more than a few toms while I was trying to sneak in on my "roosted" bird.
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#1240444 - 03/16/09 12:31 PM Re: Guiding hunts [Re: BV]
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Knowing where the turkeys go after fly down and where they spend most of their day is key, its alot easier to call a turkey up if you are somewhere he wants to be. Good luck!
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#1240649 - 03/16/09 02:14 PM Re: Guiding hunts [Re: ]
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 Originally Posted By: captain hook
I would be careful roosting, sometimes you can do more harm then good. Also, birds that usually respond on the roost usually have hens, and usually are more prone to gobble to gather any stragglers.

I used to roost birds, but a 1 out of 10 success rate made me stop, as it just wasn't worth the hassle.



Seems to me roosting a bird is about the same thing as catching one gobble in the morning...just finding out where they are earlier. Ditto on bumping them going in!
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#1240970 - 03/16/09 04:16 PM Re: Guiding hunts [Re: BV]
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 Originally Posted By: BV
Be careful roosting also, the gobblers that gobble at dusk aren't the only gobblers in the woods. I've busted more than a few toms while I was trying to sneak in on my "roosted" bird.


happens alot but its part of the risk you take. But like they say "roosted is roasted". \:D \:D \:D

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#1241437 - 03/16/09 05:36 PM Re: Guiding hunts [Re: ]
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Depends on how much land you hunt ,too. I used to be on a lease that was 2000 acres so it did help to know where they roosted but I agree that it is more important knowing their patterns after they fly down. Or should I say hoping they will follow a pattern you think you know. \:D
I hunt 130 acres now and pretty much can predict what is going to happen.
I'm sure this will rattle some feathers but I shot one of my better birds about 3 hours before sunset sitting at the base of his roost tree.
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#1241629 - 03/16/09 07:12 PM Re: Guiding hunts [Re: go_okfishin]
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I could not begin to guess how much land it is. I think its a lot for one person to cover to try to get an idea on where the birds roost. Plus in the past its been so many different flocks on there that you really don't know a pattern.
Plus its been my experience that patterning a turkey is much more difficult than deer. Of course I may not have as much experience in killing a long beard but I am sure I have much more experience in getting burnt by them than anything else.

The land is broken up I have only hunted the larger part of the place where as my son has hunted across the road where a good bit of them roost. However he has never killed over there. I think its because there is not much cover going into that part and they may see him enter before he gets a location on the roosting birds.
Just now I drove by there on the way home from work and saw only one loner long beard hustling across the road just for the fun of it I stopped as he was just watching and I honk the horn he stretched his neck out and let out a dam good gobble at me only maybe 30 yards away. lmao
I had to fight with myself not to sit there and do it again.
I looked back at my cousin house and him and my uncle where standing there watching. My uncle had his hands in his pockets so I threw up my hand to wave and my uncle pulled his hand out and pointed at the bird i looked and he was in full strut.
God he was beautiful!
I just shook my head and drove off.

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#1241814 - 03/16/09 08:27 PM Re: Guiding hunts [Re: Cuttin Caller]
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Get a good pair of binoculars and glass all the trees you can while the leaves are absent. Do it at sunrise and right around sunset.
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#1241820 - 03/16/09 08:30 PM Re: Guiding hunts [Re: TN Deer Slayer]
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 Originally Posted By: TN Deer Slayer
 Originally Posted By: BV
Be careful roosting also, the gobblers that gobble at dusk aren't the only gobblers in the woods. I've busted more than a few toms while I was trying to sneak in on my "roosted" bird.


happens alot but its part of the risk you take. But like they say "roosted is roasted". \:D \:D \:D


Yep, I would still rather be sitting tight on him come daylight as opposed to 150 yards away. Sometimes however, it doesn't work in my favor. Lots of times however, it did.


Edited by BV (03/16/09 08:30 PM)
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#1242648 - 03/17/09 08:42 AM Re: Guiding hunts [Re: BV]
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I have killed turkeys both ways. I don't do the roosting thing anymore. 90% of the time when a tom flies down off the roost he is already hened up anyway. I changed my strategy a few years ago. I don't go hunting now until about lunch time. Toms seem to be more responsive from mid day through the afternoon. I have had toms literally charging me after a little calling during this time. Don't get me wrong, I will still hunt some mornings just to mix it up. Anyway, just my two cents.
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#1245330 - 03/18/09 03:04 PM Re: Guiding hunts [Re: Mathews Hunter]
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Roosted ain't roasted.
Just turn 'em loose and try to keep up. \:D
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