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#1285741 - 04/11/09 01:26 PM Would it be ethical to............................
Baxter83
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Shoot one off the roost? \:D I heard one gobbling on roost this morning and was moving in on him when I looked up and saw one roosted 30 yards from me. I waited for him to fly down (dangit!), but he landed behind a downed tree and literally disappeared. That one never gobbled the first time, but the one I was initially after sounded off a dozen times before he flew down. He might have been 50 yards from where I stumbled up on this one. Once they hit the ground they shut up and disappeared into thin air. This keeps happening to me.....
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#1285752 - 04/11/09 01:43 PM Re: Would it be ethical to............................ [Re: Baxter83]
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Ethical? That would depend on you. Some people say it is unethical, some say blast um. As long as it is legal and you're ok with it then for you it is ethical. That is how I see it.
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Oh and it happens to me too. I always try to get too close. I have never shot one off the roost and I do try to call them down. I have shot one tom from a tree but it was at 10:00 am. I was slow walking a trail and seen something jump from one branch to another. It was a big ol tom at 30 yards. He froze, I shot, dead bird. Seemed ethical to me, I would have done the same if he was on the ground and I walked up on him.


Edited by medwc (04/11/09 08:37 PM)
Edit Reason: I think I was on crack the 1st try

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#1285821 - 04/11/09 03:06 PM Re: Would it be ethical to............................ [Re: medwc]
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I personally don't see any difference in it than walking up on one in a field.
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#1285828 - 04/11/09 03:10 PM Re: Would it be ethical to............................ [Re: RUGER]
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i wont shoot one off the roost in the morning but it sure is disenheartning when they fly down across flooded stream bottoms into other feilds you cant get too... ( dont ask hahahaha)

but one going to roost on the ground in the evening is fair game

basically if he can make it up to the tree i wont shoot him

but this is me not anyone else.
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#1285896 - 04/11/09 03:57 PM Re: Would it be ethical to............................ [Re: renegade50]
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I wouldn't do it, but ethical or not?? That is your choice.

I kind of see it as if you can get close enough to kill one out of a tree, then by golly you are pretty good or dam lucky so go for it.
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#1285921 - 04/11/09 04:21 PM Re: Would it be ethical to............................ [Re: captain hook]
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I faced the same thing last year. Watched a huge tom for almost 45 minutes gobble his head off. that could have been my first turkey but i just didn't feel right about blowing him off the roost. Alot of people told me they would have.
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#1285932 - 04/11/09 04:39 PM Re: Would it be ethical to............................ [Re: elauwit]
cruff10
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Would you shoot a 12PT 180 class buck laying down in his bed broad side?
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#1285953 - 04/11/09 05:11 PM Re: Would it be ethical to............................ [Re: cruff10]
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 Originally Posted By: cruff10
Would you shoot a 12PT 180 class buck laying down in his bed broad side?


No, just me personally, could care less if someone else did, but if I am going to make B&C books I want to have things go a little differently.
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#1285978 - 04/11/09 05:50 PM Re: Would it be ethical to............................ [Re: cruff10]
Baxter83
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 Originally Posted By: cruff10
Would you shoot a 12PT 180 class buck laying down in his bed broad side?



HMMMMM! Now there's a good way to look at it. ;\)

Thanks for the input fellers. I'm pretty sure I know where they'll be in the morning so maybe I'll be a little more prepared and can set up in a better spot. It sure was tough looking at a nice gobbler for 30 or so minutes no more than 35 or 40 yards away from me up in a tree though. I just couldn't bring myself to do it.

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#1286001 - 04/11/09 06:32 PM Re: Would it be ethical to............................ [Re: Baxter83]
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Shoot!!
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