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#3153980 - 02/06/13 03:03 PM Re: Calling to birds in the tree? [Re: Roost 1]
8 Point

Registered: 12/31/09
Posts: 2396
Loc: Knoxville, TN

 Originally Posted By: Roost 1
50/50 chance they will fly down in your direction....
One day if they hunt long enough a lot of these guys will realize ol Setterman and roost 1 knew a thing or two about turkey hunting.....

We're the crazy ones who do everything different than the rest. It seems to work okay ;\)

#3154061 - 02/06/13 04:44 PM Re: Calling to birds in the tree? [Re: Setterman]
Mike Belt
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16 Point

Registered: 03/26/99
Posts: 18623
Loc: Lakeland, Tn.

Turkey are alot like deer in respect to memory. If you call softly once or twice a gobbling bird will take note from the roost and remember your precise location. It's a gobbler's nature to get the hens to come to him. If you carry on a lengthy conversation while he's on the roost he (the older, smarter, experienced bird) will become suspicious because you haven't shown up and be more inclined to pitch away from you rather than toward you.

#3154093 - 02/06/13 05:11 PM Re: Calling to birds in the tree? [Re: Setterman]
8 Point

Registered: 09/27/12
Posts: 1326
Loc: south TN

 Originally Posted By: Setterman
Have I ever mentioned I despise dealing with roosted birds?

The past few years I have gotten to where I am more likely to get close to a roosted bird, and not make a peep. All I am doing is listening for hens, how many longbeards there are, whether there are jakes, etc etc. I am gathering intel on what I am dealing with in other words.

I generally wait for them to fly down, that way I know where they are likely headed, and based on the intel I then know how to deal with them once their feet are on the ground.

In my younger days I battled it out a million times with roosted birds and finally figured out that 90% of the birds I was killing, I killed an hour after fly down, and were generally birds I did not set up on while they were still on the limb.

So take it for what it's worth, but for me I lay back and stay patient until I have the facts and have an idea of what his plan may or may not be.

Same here. I rarely ever get one to pitch out to me and kill him. Its usually he pitches down, then I make my move accordingly. Sometimes you make two or three manuevers on a gobbler and it will take two hours or so to kill him.

#3154169 - 02/06/13 06:21 PM Re: Calling to birds in the tree? [Re: Roost 1]
4 Point

Registered: 08/04/08
Posts: 156
Loc: Eads TN

I agree about calling the hens, it works good in early season but later in the season I find that they usually head the opposite direction... with the gobbler.
#3154192 - 02/06/13 06:36 PM Re: Calling to birds in the tree? [Re: Layne]
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Registered: 07/20/05
Posts: 19786
Loc: Rutherford / Wilson County Lin...

If he gobbles on the roost and I don't hear hens I'll call softly a time or two so he knows I'm there and then shut up. If hens are there and get vocal I'll normally mimic them in an attempt to tick them off and get them to fly down my way looking for that new hen trying to take over as boss. More than once mr tom has come right with them. Doesn't always work but then again when it comes to turkeys nothing works all the time.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

#3154418 - 02/06/13 08:41 PM Re: Calling to birds in the tree? [Re: Roost 1]
12 Point

Registered: 11/25/09
Posts: 5070
Loc: medon,Tn.

Unless hes out over water, I dont call while hes on the limb. If anything, I take a wing and scrape a few limbs or the side of a tree. As it gets lighter, I'll do a fly down, using the wing, then A little scratching, then shut up. As for flying down, only one things for sure. He will pitch out ever which way hes facing. You really want to kill Him? As soon as he hits the ground, and walks off, run to the tree, sit down, call. Hes been there all nite, knows it safe, and thinks he left to early. As they fly up to roost, most know whats around them.Next morning, All of a sudden he hears calling, he knows they wasnt there that evening. I'll killed several, believe me, call to em on the roost, most will pitch away from you unless, as stated, out over water and they have no choice. Good luck
The hardest thing about Bowhunting Turkeys is leaving the gun at home!

#3154512 - 02/06/13 10:19 PM Re: Calling to birds in the tree? [Re: tickweed]
6 Point

Registered: 01/11/10
Posts: 972
Loc: Maury County, TN

The year before last I was trying to get one on the ground before work. I set up on a bird that was about 200 yards away. When I started some pillow talk on him a bird hammered about 30 yards away. Like usuall he gobbled hard. He stayed on the limb until well after day light until he flew down and over a little rise from me about 100 yards away. When he hit the ground I got up and ran toward the knoll and sat up just this side of it. I curt at him and he climbed all over it and eventually came over the rise to meet the nitros. It seems like calling too hard or setting up too close to a bird on roost always results in him flying the other way. But, he can still die even if he does!
"...Christ in you, the hope of glory"
Colossians 1:27

#3154962 - 02/07/13 12:06 PM Re: Calling to birds in the tree? [Re: bvoss]
6 Point

Registered: 08/23/04
Posts: 921
Loc: collinwood tn

Very very soft tree yeps. Then wait till he flys down. If I see him fly away from me I will fly down cackle as he is landing. If flys straight down or at me, I do nothing. Maybe some purrs when he is behind trees or something. If I cant see him on roost this all changes.
Kill a deer save a car.

#3157352 - 02/09/13 01:13 PM Re: Calling to birds in the tree? [Re: Roost 1]
6 Point

Registered: 09/16/11
Posts: 818
Loc: Wayne Co. , Tennessee

My turkeys tend to talk alot on the limb. So ive always tried to do the same... I dont usually do much cutting or to excited stuff.. but I will do soft yelps, purrs, and clucks... but like Roost1 said its 50/50... Ive screwed up more hunts by trying to get in front of birds after fly down...I really enjoyed the haint gobble call last yr. It got gobbles when nothing else would. Instead of getting in front of them I just try to close to distance..

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