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    Here are couple of things I have learned.
    While walking pay attention to the ground. More often than not at least one of the birds will lose a wing feather on the way up or down. When you find a wing feather look around for white poplar trees. These seem to be a particular favourite roosting spot ( at least in multiple spots I hunt ).
    Turkeys will need a bit of room to get up in the tree as well. White poplar trees back in the bush within the first 10 yards of a clearing would be a good bet. I have witnessed turkeys taking a few steps ( little bit of a run ) in order to lift off.
    I have found aspens to also be a good roosting spot.
    As far as my limited hunting experience reaches I have never seen a turkey roost in anything but these two types of trees. I am not saying this is the hardened rule but where I hunt them ( mixed hardwood forest and farmland ) this is what I have experienced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by firedeptlt View Post
    Here are couple of things I have learned.
    While walking pay attention to the ground. More often than not at least one of the birds will lose a wing feather on the way up or down. When you find a wing feather look around for white poplar trees. These seem to be a particular favourite roosting spot ( at least in multiple spots I hunt ).
    Turkeys will need a bit of room to get up in the tree as well. White poplar trees back in the bush within the first 10 yards of a clearing would be a good bet. I have witnessed turkeys taking a few steps ( little bit of a run ) in order to lift off.
    I have found aspens to also be a good roosting spot.
    As far as my limited hunting experience reaches I have never seen a turkey roost in anything but these two types of trees. I am not saying this is the hardened rule but where I hunt them ( mixed hardwood forest and farmland ) this is what I have experienced.
    for some reason i didnt see your response until now, (was prob on phone and got caught up) but this a great info. i appreciate it alot.

    white poplar trees and aspens ill be looking out for them.

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    At the evening(when they are up on the roost)walk a susceptible area.
    You do not have to be very close, and you do not have to know the exact tree.
    Call a crow call several times.
    If there is a responses from the turkey,get the direction and the tree(sort of).They will responder more often then not.
    Be there next morning at the first ligth.Quiet .Sneaky.They hear you coming in-bye.

    Set up-Sit an wait.
    They will be coming off from the tree-you will hear them.
    Call shortly after they are down.
    No need to sit "under "the roost tree,i would guess up to 100 y would do.
    Do not sit in a way that you have obstacle to them- fence line,road,creek.They will not cross it for You.
    Good luck

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    when do the turkeys go up to roost usually ? after dark or before ? never seen one fly up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ata83 View Post
    when do the turkeys go up to roost usually ? after dark or before ? never seen one fly up.
    Just before dark, I would say anytime after the sun goes down but the closer to dark the more birds fly up....
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    Quote Originally Posted by fratri View Post
    Just before dark, I would say anytime after the sun goes down but the closer to dark the more birds fly up....
    Usually in the fall, just when things quieten down just at sundown, and deer should be coming to your stand.....!!!!
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