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    hello everyone,

    does anyone have any tips on how to figure out where these turkeys might be roosting?

    ive read they like big trees with wide limbs, usually the trees are close to or over water? (they like hearing their poop splash?)

    and the location of the roost isnt far from feeding zones( fields?) so would they be just in the bush? or deep in the bush?


    any input is greatly appreciated like always, and thank you all in advance!

    hope everyone's weekend is going alright.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bowjob View Post
    hello everyone,

    does anyone have any tips on how to figure out where these turkeys might be roosting?

    ive read they like big trees with wide limbs, usually the trees are close to or over water? (they like hearing their poop splash?)

    and the location of the roost isnt far from feeding zones( fields?) so would they be just in the bush? or deep in the bush?


    any input is greatly appreciated like always, and thank you all in advance!

    hope everyone's weekend is going alright.
    You are on the right track. The best way is to spend lots of time listening, first light and in the evenings when they fly up. They make a lot of noise going up to roost.
    Roost trees are easy to identify, once you find the area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rick_iles View Post
    You are on the right track. The best way is to spend lots of time listening, first light and in the evenings when they fly up. They make a lot of noise going up to roost.
    Roost trees are easy to identify, once you find the area.
    interesting thanks rick, i guess they only bother going to and from the roost either early mornings or right before dark then? they wont screw around near it during the day right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rick_iles View Post
    The best way is to spend lots of time listening, first light and in the evenings when they fly up. They make a lot of noise going up to roost..
    I found more than a few 'roosts' while out Bow hunting early fall....the fist time you hear one, less than 100 yds from where you sitting, you'll near crap your pants HaHa..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bowjob View Post
    interesting thanks rick, i guess they only bother going to and from the roost either early mornings or right before dark then? they wont screw around near it during the day right?
    Right... they tend to have a travel route they pretty much stick to....they feed, prowl around, then the hens head for their nesting areas. The gobblers find themselves alone towards mid morning or later. That’s when, later in the season, gobblers are more susceptible to your calls. I’ve killed far more birds at noon or later, than early mornings.
    Guys tend to get bored and leave way too early.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rick_iles View Post
    Right... they tend to have a travel route they pretty much stick to....they feed, prowl around, then the hens head for their nesting areas. The gobblers find themselves alone towards mid morning or later. That’s when, later in the season, gobblers are more susceptible to your calls. I’ve killed far more birds at noon or later, than early mornings.
    Guys tend to get bored and leave way too early.
    yes thats exactly what we are seeing recently, me and my father started going up in the afternoon and we are seeing way more male turkeys around in groups even!

    i enjoy the afternoons more as im not a zombie after 3 hours of sitting lol. if we get there around 12 or 1 we usually stay until just before sunset.

    i had a few gobbling the other day at us actually, but only once or twice then they kept quiet.

    i appreciate the info, drawing up my game plan now haha.

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    If I know nothing about an area, I’ll start with the assumption that they will be roosting in the tallest trees on the highest point of land. That’s proven right more often than wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bowjob View Post
    yes thats exactly what we are seeing recently, me and my father started going up in the afternoon and we are seeing way more male turkeys around in groups even!

    i enjoy the afternoons more as im not a zombie after 3 hours of sitting lol. if we get there around 12 or 1 we usually stay until just before sunset.

    i had a few gobbling the other day at us actually, but only once or twice then they kept quiet.

    i appreciate the info, drawing up my game plan now haha.
    Just after sunset is a great time to scout out/listen where the roosting area might be, just a reminder that no turkey hunting after 7pm...
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    Finding their droppings under trees is a good start. Also you could try using a crow or owl call to elicit a shock gobble response late in the day or early morning to locate them.
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    appreciate the responses guys. we do hunt beside a quarry thats on a hill, although the quarry isnt the land owners property anymore, interesting responses none the less

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