Turkey Hunting Tips and Tricks |Roosting Turkeys for Morning Sets

Turkey Hunting Tips | Roosting Birds

The days of thick fog rolling through the hills, humid mornings, and soft misting rain have returned. You’ll soon be walking through the wet vegetation to your “go to” spot hearing gobbles in the distance. These pristine mornings are the moment’s turkey hunters live for. Knocking a bird down makes this moment unforgettable. To make this happen, turkey hunters need to do their homework especially when that “go to” doesn’t work. This requires studying up on turkey hunting tactics like finding strut zones, locating travel and feeding routes, and of above all…roosting birds.

Pre-season scouting is the best tactic to finding birds and making a plan. A little snow on the ground makes for the perfect opportunity to locate where birds roost. Go out walking the timber in the Midwest, perfect areas are wooded ridgelines and slopes that make for easy fly-ups. In the bigger more wide open states like Nebraska, finding a section of trees with some turkey sign does the trick. If you find a block with feathers, droppings, and littered with tracks, look up. Chances are that there are some of the biggest trees in the area with big horizontal branches, making for perfect turkey roosts.

If you can’t locate turkey roosts with sign, a sure fire way to roost birds in the evening is letting an owl or coyote call out. These calls can get a tom to gobble in his bed just before dark. Once you’ve got him pinned, come out the next morning well before light. Sneak in quiet and unseen. If you softly call to him before fly down, he’ll come looking for you. This often ends in beards and spurs in hand. This technique works great for birds that seem to be more difficult later in the day. This turkey hunting tip can lead to results, something the Head Hunters know well. This spring, make the right moves, do your homework, and create successful memories.

Turkey Hunting Tips and Tricks | Turkey Strut Zones

Turkey Hunting Tactics | Strut Zones

Everyone has got it. That magic spot on their property. That go to spot that means success nearly every time. What’s the reason behind the success for this spot? For deer its food, does, or a funnel. For big bass, that ledge or boat you and Billy Bob accidently sunk two years back. So what makes a spot for turkeys? Usually that go to spot is called a strut zone.

Out of the many turkey hunting tactics the two perhaps most used are roosting birds, or setting up in a strut zone. If you’re used to roosting birds you know what success it can get you, but you probably have experienced plenty of unsuccessful sets too. So what happens when you don’t get the bird on those sits? Well plenty of things like you’re a terrible sounding hen! Maybe not, but many times it is because that tom expected you to come to him or moved on entirely and went straight to the strut zone. Why? Because he knows that’s where the real hens are or will be. Why are the hens there? Simply put its food, which could be your ridge tops, weedy crop fields, clover or perennial plots, big bottom fields, logging roads or anything else similar.

Places hens go, are the places that toms will go. Toms will often fly down and instantly set a path for that zone. If he doesn’t he will check it at least once during the day if not a couple times. This makes strut zones perfect for setting up with a blind and decoys. If you pay attention to your property odds are you know an area exactly like this. If you haven’t identified one look in those locations for turkey sign like tracks, parallel wing drags, droppings, and feathers.

When you see the power of strut zones you’ll be hooked, its fun hunting. The best part is that it’s a proven hunting tactic. Even if you kill the only tom you’ve seen all year, another will replace because it’s a hot spot for hens. That means success year after year, making it that magic spot!