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calling while still on roost

you get within 100-150 yds of a bird gobbling in a treee by himself..do you do a few soft tree yelps or wait till he hits the ground before you call? 2 times last year i got set up on gobblers by them selves on roost and did a soft tree yelp to let them know i was hear and both times they would pitch away from me when they flew down...so any input on this scenario?
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Re: calling while still on roost

They were likely just going to hens that you didn't/couldn't hear is all. Birds you think are by themselves...usually aren't. At least mosy birds that aren't jakes or 2 year olds won't be. They will roost usually within sight or at least earshot of the hens and you calling to them from where they knew the hens weren't won't. Pull them to you 9 times in 10. Its just that hard trying to compete with live birds. If that happens to me I will usually just get up earlier and get myself within 100 yards of them on the roost in the pitch black and try again.

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Re: calling while still on roost

I think our birds on public land see a ton of pressure and most times theyre going to sit on the roost till they see another turkey come by. I had a gobbler two years ago on a beautiful morning strutting on the limb. He never flew down till 9am. Someone else shot him as soon as he flew off the roost. I was jacked but nothing I could do. It was just a little too close for my comfort.

Last season a bird was roosted within 30 yards of me and I never knew he was there. He didnt make a peep. He flew down then looped around and got his head blown off. I was calling to a completely different bird.

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Re: calling while still on roost

Depends on the situation and where I'm hunting,but most of the time I give "one" soft tree call, then not another peep 'til he hits the ground. If I'm inside of say, 60-70 yards, I often won't call 'til I'm sure he flew down.

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Re: calling while still on roost

Soft tree yelps to start off, followed by a fly down cackle when the time is right. I also flap my hunting cap against my leg to add a touch of realism.

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Re: calling while still on roost

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Soft tree yelps to start off, followed by a fly down cackle when the time is right. I also flap my hunting cap against my leg to add a touch of realism.
We musta went to the same turkey school!!!
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Soft tree yelps to start off, followed by a fly down cackle when the time is right. I also flap my hunting cap against my leg to add a touch of realism.
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I have done that many times...sometimes successful. Sometimes just a soft tree yelp and scratch in the leaves.

However if hen(s) come into the gobbler and he can see them he will go to them the majority of the time. You may or may not hear or see them.

If I see and hear the hen(s) and believe I can scatter them without scaring the gobbler into flight I have done so with success.

I do believe the more one calls to a gobbler on the roast the longer he will stay up there waiting for the hens to walk to him.

If there are two gobbler a short distance apart I often try to get between them and make a few calls to get them both gobbling. However I have seen them on many occasions fly down, and go to each other before coming in.

Summary: The longer he sets in the roast and gobbles the more things that can go wrong. My advise would be to do whatever it takes to get him on the ground as quickly as possible and in a mood to search for hens.

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Re: calling while still on roost

Soft clucks seems to work well and if and when he answers you should be in the ball game. He may answer you and go the other way.

Call or no call at a roosted gobbler, that is the question.

I often choose my poison based on how close I am to him. 50-75yds is usually a no call situation for me till he hits the ground. If you know the terrain try to put yourself in a likely fly down spot uphill or parallel to him. 75-150yds I will usually call till I get an answer. I always like to be the first hen he hears. Earlier is better in that situation.

There is no right or wrong or fool proof tactic for this situation.
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Hardcore: Sounds like good advise.....

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Re: calling while still on roost

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Depends on the situation and where I'm hunting,but most of the time I give "one" soft tree call, then not another peep 'til he hits the ground. If I'm inside of say, 60-70 yards, I often won't call 'til I'm sure he flew down.
Exactly........BUT, if there are hen's in the hood, that changes everything....GAME ON!! Each situation involving hens is different in some way shape or form...
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