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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 05-01-2019, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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Do you "roost" birds?

Do you go out and roost birds in the evening anymore?

I used to love to do this. Made me really anticipate the morning and think of a plan.
Birds don't seem to gobble in the evening here anymore.

Just talked to someone who was hunting WV and said the birds went nuts every evening there.
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I tried Monday evening but didn't find any to roost. When it goes to all day is when I usually do this.
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I don’t do it because like you said they hardly gobble in the evenings anymore. Besides by the time it gets dark I’m in bed already lol
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I do it when I'm up at the 3C grounds for a few days...
Down here in 5C at the moment, rarely have the time as my chances to get out are few and more spontaneous.

It is fun to roost them then spend the rest of the evening plotting the pre-dawn approach and setup.
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Yep! I'm out every morning and evening. If I don't find a bird in the evening I hunt somewhere else in the morning. Spend a lot of time riding the roads looking for strutters in the evening too. I probably average a 40% success rate finding and roosting them in the evening.
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I have not gone out to "Roost" the evening location of turkeys in years as I seem to find them in the same locations year after year....Although Tuesday in peruse of my second gobbler I ended up getting too close to the roost before daylight and busted a flock. However, it worked out ok I just had to wait a couple of hours for the gobbler to return.

Also during turkey season I am usually in bed at/near dark and up at 4 AM. Morning comes earlier that it did a few ears ago especially after I string a few 4 AM wake ups together....

Long walk today looking for an OH gobbler.....Heard on gobble far on the other steep hill from me....the hill I walked past on the 2 mile hike in....

Did find some real nice morels though....
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Roosted him last night. He was hot!! Dirtnap this morning
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Right on TBrom. I don't do this every day - but this past Sunday I decided to go put one to bed and found a strutter out in the field from 7:00 - 7:30. Got in there and killed him Monday AM. To me, it almost never works like that but I do know that if I didn't drive over there and see him - I would've had my bottom planted somewhere different the next day. The way I see it, if it works once out of every thirty times - it's worth it.

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I do, but I think my success rate is significantly higher on birds that I haven't roosted.
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..sometimes I do...most often NOT.

..I do more of a visual roosting than trying to get them to gobble on roost. If they gobble on their own than thats a bonus.

..usually roosting tells me where NOT to be the next morning LOL

..always seems to work out for me either way.

..Time and putting miles on my truck keep me from doing it like I used to.
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