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#6175420 - 02/08/16 10:49 PM hunting near a roost
rattler03 Offline
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Registered: 02/22/14
Posts: 854
Loc: Bryan - Archer County
How close to the roost is too close to set up and call? I don't want to spook the birds and have them abandon the roost. My lease is in mesquite country, but I've got a creek in the middle of my area with some of the best hardwoods in a few square miles. I've been told by the a few guys on the lease that it's a good turkey roost. I saw some turkeys roosting here during deer season, too, so I think it'll be a good spot. I'm new to turkey hunting and don't know much about it, and I want to make sure I don't mess up this potential honey-hole. Thanks, y'all.

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#6175443 - 02/08/16 11:36 PM Re: hunting near a roost [Re: rattler03]
Cajun Raider Offline
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Registered: 07/23/11
Posts: 599
Loc: Texas
I have set up 50 yards from the same roost for 12 years. Trick is to not hunt it repeatedly IMO.
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#6175470 - 02/09/16 04:52 AM Re: hunting near a roost [Re: rattler03]
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Registered: 09/02/04
Posts: 831
Loc: Yantis, TX
50 yards is close enough. Try to put enough distance or cover between you and the roost so that the birds cannot see you from the tree. Use the natural terrain or cover to block their view, so you can move in w/o being detected.
Sneak in, harvest your bird, and sneak out. After you have made the shot, sit still, and let the rest of the birds move off. Done correctly, they will never know you were there. Keep hunts that close to a minimum. Once spring is full on, toms will be moving around all day.

Harvesting a bird off the roost is fun, but I enjoy a mid morning hunt even better.

Gman
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#6177560 - 02/10/16 10:56 AM Re: hunting near a roost [Re: rattler03]
rattler03 Offline
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Registered: 02/22/14
Posts: 854
Loc: Bryan - Archer County
Alright, thanks guys. I'm thinking I'll set up about 100 yards away and try to call a tom into range. I've never called a turkey in and it looks pretty exciting, so I'm going to see if I can pull it off. If that doesn't work, I'll move in closer to the roost like y'all have suggested.

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#6177619 - 02/10/16 11:28 AM Re: hunting near a roost [Re: rattler03]
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Registered: 09/12/13
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Loc: Archer County
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#6177728 - 02/10/16 12:41 PM Re: hunting near a roost [Re: rattler03]
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Registered: 08/13/09
Posts: 479
Loc: Mansfield
IME, hunting a roost in the morning is no problem. Hunting too close when they are headed back in the evening will push them off the roost. In the morning you can sneak in as close as you want as long as you are not seen

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#6177735 - 02/10/16 12:48 PM Re: hunting near a roost [Re: Buffs 1]
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Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
Originally Posted By: Buffs 1
IME, hunting a roost in the morning is no problem. Hunting too close when they are headed back in the evening will push them off the roost. In the morning you can sneak in as close as you want as long as you are not seen


cheers they aint very bright either


Edited by Navasot (02/10/16 12:48 PM)
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#6211381 - 03/06/16 12:43 AM Re: hunting near a roost [Re: Navasot]
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Originally Posted By: Navasot
Originally Posted By: Buffs 1
IME, hunting a roost in the morning is no problem. Hunting too close when they are headed back in the evening will push them off the roost. In the morning you can sneak in as close as you want as long as you are not seen


cheers they aint very bright either


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#6212563 - 03/07/16 07:07 AM Re: hunting near a roost [Re: rattler03]
Western Offline
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Registered: 04/20/11
Posts: 24960
Loc: Wise County Texas
Only way I would hunt that close, is if it was absolutely sure I would be undetected. There is a spot or 2 around every roost tree they tend to use as a landing strip and an opening around 100 yards would be perfect. They often will leave the roost and fly right to you, or within feet, if you have a decoy. They may be "dumb" to some folks, but they have excellent vision and roost in trees for a reason. They expect harm to come from the ground.

Get as close as you feel comfortable, without being detected. Even if it is across a field 400 yards away, that is a short flight and fast run for a tom.
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