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#3196151 - 03/18/13 12:25 PM Re: Roosting tips [Re: Jarred525]
Jarred525
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I agree with woodsman. Roosted aint roasted but it does help me a lot for the next days hunt to decide between areas to hunt.
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#3196165 - 03/18/13 12:41 PM Re: Roosting tips [Re: Roost 1]
Andy S.
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 Originally Posted By: Roost 1
It is a proven strategy but I can guarantee "roosted isn't roasted"
Very true. With that said, I can assure you myself and many others have burned a fair amount of old birds the morning following putting them to bed, mainly due to the fact I knew the precise area they were in overnight and chose my position accordingly. When I am away from the house, I try to make the most of my day and usually hunt, scout or search for turkeys from daylight to dark, thus the reason I do put in the time to try and roost some in the evenings. I can say that it seems the areas I hunt these days have less gobbling turkeys in the evening when compared to places I once hunted, thus I have less success these days than in the past with roosting them at dark in hopes of it helping me the following morning. These days I find myself starting from a clean slate most mornings and letting the day unfold as it may.


Edited by Andy S. (03/18/13 12:42 PM)
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#3196172 - 03/18/13 12:50 PM Re: Roosting tips [Re: Andy S.]
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I'd speculate that if an experienced hunter roosts a bird, he has a 50% chance of killing that bird the next morning. That's about as good as odds as you are going to get for Turkey hunting.
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#3196189 - 03/18/13 01:07 PM Re: Roosting tips [Re: Poser]
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One of the best things about having one roosted, it you for sure know what tree he is in you can get very close to him before daylight without spooking him. Just try to be quiet.
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#3196310 - 03/18/13 03:24 PM Re: Roosting tips [Re: woodsman87]
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The key is knowing the general area they roost. They only gobble a couple times when goin to roost.. So go a few mornings to get a pretty good idea of the area hes Gunna be in.. Then go the afternoon before get in a place you will be able to hear good, and where you can exit w out getting busted... Put him to bed. The great thing about it is you can slip in 1 hr before daylight get closer than normal when it's breaking light maybe 75 yrds or so. Versus showing up at daylight locating 2-3 birds deciding which one to go after, hiking 1/2 mile to get 100-150 yrds from him in potentially a less than ideal set up.. That's the other advantage you know right where he is so you can come in from the ideal way. You also may hear hens fly up somewhere else.. Get between them.. Etc.
To each his own, but when I have the opportunity I try to roost me one...
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#3196506 - 03/18/13 06:52 PM Re: Roosting tips [Re: BHC]
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I hunt a small piece of property down the road and they normally roost in the same general area. Only time I've tried to roost them was before the juvi hunt so I could set a blind up. I definitely like knowing where they start their day.
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#3196606 - 03/18/13 08:05 PM Re: Roosting tips [Re: Gravey]
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All these are great points...just wondering have any of you roosted a bird the night before only to come back the next morning and he not be there?
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#3196651 - 03/18/13 08:27 PM Re: Roosting tips [Re: Roost 1]
Andy S.
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 Originally Posted By: Roost 1
.....just wondering have any of you roosted a bird the night before only to come back the next morning and he not be there?
Yes indeed, more times than once. Some of the times that I can recall were when a storm came through that night and some of the times I had no clue what the cause for jumping trees was.


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#3196754 - 03/18/13 10:10 PM Re: Roosting tips [Re: Andy S.]
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Happens more times than not for me, this is why I don't put'em to bed much anymore....
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#3196757 - 03/18/13 10:17 PM Re: Roosting tips [Re: Gravey]
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 Originally Posted By: Gravey
I hunt a small piece of property down the road and they normally roost in the same general area. Only time I've tried to roost them was before the juvi hunt so I could set a blind up. I definitely like knowing where they start their day.


Tht can be a benefit if certain small properties, however, in big woods, you can find general roosting areas, but no reliability with specific trees.
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