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#3227249 - 04/20/13 11:45 AM Re: Swam the creek to bust the roost !! [Re: WMAn]
rem270
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 Originally Posted By: WMAn
 Originally Posted By: rem270
If you can get close enough to one on the roost without it seeing you and flying off you deserve to kill it. Thats just like sneaking up on a bedded deer and getting a shot at it.


The only thing easier than killing one in a tree is shooting one at a distance with a scoped rifle. Considering the marksmanship needed for the latter, even it is probably harder than lifting one off a limb.


How many times have you got close enough to a roosted bird without it flying off? It dont happen often no matter how "good" a hunter thinks they are.
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#3227518 - 04/20/13 09:21 PM Re: Swam the creek to bust the roost !! [Re: rem270]
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 Originally Posted By: rem270
 Originally Posted By: WMAn
 Originally Posted By: rem270
If you can get close enough to one on the roost without it seeing you and flying off you deserve to kill it. Thats just like sneaking up on a bedded deer and getting a shot at it.


The only thing easier than killing one in a tree is shooting one at a distance with a scoped rifle. Considering the marksmanship needed for the latter, even it is probably harder than lifting one off a limb.


How many times have you got close enough to a roosted bird without it flying off? It dont happen often no matter how "good" a hunter thinks they are.


The better question is, How close do you have to get to flush a roosted turkey? The answer, usually directly below him.

I'm an average turkey hunter at best, but sneaking up on a roosted bird is easy. Think about it.

Why do many turkey hunters object to it? Because the ease of doing it diminishes the sport of the hunt.

Second, why is that turkey in the tree to begin with? He flys into the tree to avoid danger. It is his first way of escaping. Flying off the roost is his last option.

If you think it's hard, try it. Get there early, wait for the first gobble, and close the distance. Every time he gobbles move closer. It's that simple. The only risk is bumping hens or silent birds roosted with him. Even if they flush it doesn't mean he will.

It's not illegal. It's each hunters choice whether to do it or not. But don't do it and claim you've accomplished a great feat. If you're goal as a turkey hunter is to limit out as quickly as possible, shooting them off a limb should be your number one strategy.


Edited by WMAn (04/20/13 09:23 PM)
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#3227522 - 04/20/13 09:34 PM Re: Swam the creek to bust the roost !! [Re: WMAn]
catman529
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Realistically, you won't be directly under a roosted gobbler before he flushes, especially if there is some light in the sky. How many times have you actually been in shotgun range of a roosted tom? I have only once, and I shot him. Ive snuck and called in a lot more turkeys than i have been in range of on the roost. I've been in range of maybe a few hens but they flew quickly. Shooting one off the roost definitely isn't sporting, which is why I had no desire to do it this year (or in the foreseeable future) but sometimes it's ok to just kill your turkey legally whether its sporting or not. Wading a swollen creek sounds like a pretty intense hunt though and I might shoot another one out of the tree if I was in such a situation.
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#3227630 - 04/21/13 03:52 AM Re: Swam the creek to bust the roost !! [Re: Grizzly Johnson]
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Deek you need tough skin around here sometimes. There are a few on here that like to stir the pot on every topic and some that want everyone to hunt only by their standards. As long as your legal hunt and fish how you wish! Sounds like you enjoyed your hunt.
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#3227643 - 04/21/13 05:53 AM Re: Swam the creek to bust the roost !! [Re: Meathunter73]
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The ones available at Kroger are much more affordable! Ha ha. Congrats on your bird though.
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#3227675 - 04/21/13 07:29 AM Re: Swam the creek to bust the roost !! [Re: Carlos Viagra]
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Comgrats on your bird!
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#3227704 - 04/21/13 08:12 AM Re: Swam the creek to bust the roost !! [Re: catman529]
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 Originally Posted By: catman529
Realistically, you won't be directly under a roosted gobbler before he flushes, especially if there is some light in the sky. How many times have you actually been in shotgun range of a roosted tom? I have only once, and I shot him. Ive snuck and called in a lot more turkeys than i have been in range of on the roost. I've been in range of maybe a few hens but they flew quickly. Shooting one off the roost definitely isn't sporting, which is why I had no desire to do it this year (or in the foreseeable future) but sometimes it's ok to just kill your turkey legally whether its sporting or not. Wading a swollen creek sounds like a pretty intense hunt though and I might shoot another one out of the tree if I was in such a situation.


I have been under roosted birds several times, but not toms. Usually I can only get to 30-40 yards on them. I have never had an issue getting within in range. that being said I killed my first this morning. I roosted him last night. My strategy was to limb shoot him, to give me the highest possible odds of getting him. Once i got there, I realized I couldn't sneak to where I had an open shot without bumping him, so I set up where I had planned to last night. I left it in Gods hands and it worked out.

Now if I could have got close I'd have limb shot him. I'm not going to mount him, all i want is the meat. Sure I feel like I cheat them a little, but some people go to the grocery store and buy meat and some of us go get it ourselves, so I can't say that hunter's cheat the animal that much considering farm raised animals don't have a chance. That bird CAN fly. If he's dumb enough to sit there, then he's going home with me.
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#3227708 - 04/21/13 08:17 AM Re: Swam the creek to bust the roost !! [Re: Bone Collector]
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Congrats dude.
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#3227857 - 04/21/13 12:39 PM Re: Swam the creek to bust the roost !! [Re: Bone Collector]
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 Originally Posted By: Bone Collector
 Originally Posted By: catman529
Realistically, you won't be directly under a roosted gobbler before he flushes, especially if there is some light in the sky. How many times have you actually been in shotgun range of a roosted tom? I have only once, and I shot him. Ive snuck and called in a lot more turkeys than i have been in range of on the roost. I've been in range of maybe a few hens but they flew quickly. Shooting one off the roost definitely isn't sporting, which is why I had no desire to do it this year (or in the foreseeable future) but sometimes it's ok to just kill your turkey legally whether its sporting or not. Wading a swollen creek sounds like a pretty intense hunt though and I might shoot another one out of the tree if I was in such a situation.


I have been under roosted birds several times, but not toms. Usually I can only get to 30-40 yards on them. I have never had an issue getting within in range. that being said I killed my first this morning. I roosted him last night. My strategy was to limb shoot him, to give me the highest possible odds of getting him. Once i got there, I realized I couldn't sneak to where I had an open shot without bumping him, so I set up where I had planned to last night. I left it in Gods hands and it worked out.

Now if I could have got close I'd have limb shot him. I'm not going to mount him, all i want is the meat. Sure I feel like I cheat them a little, but some people go to the grocery store and buy meat and some of us go get it ourselves, so I can't say that hunter's cheat the animal that much considering farm raised animals don't have a chance. That bird CAN fly. If he's dumb enough to sit there, then he's going home with me.
ain't that right.... And usually he is dumber coming to a call than he is sitting on the limb with you trying to sneak under.
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#3227905 - 04/21/13 01:55 PM Re: Swam the creek to bust the roost !! [Re: catman529]
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I like to wait until i get one using the corn pile regularly, then i slip in in the dark and add a little rat poison. Then i just pick him up under the roost tree the next morning.
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