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.