In this turkey hunting video, we’re going to talk about how to set up for roost hunts. Now roost hunting is either going to be a big reward or it’s going to be a fail. It can be kind of challenging, but there’s a few things you want to do in order for a successful hunt.
First of all, it’s going to help you if you know where birds are roosted. In a perfect situation, you’re going to be able to get into an area that night before, whether you’re listening from a road or from a high point, and be able to listen because when birds go up to roost and they’re on the limb, they’ll gobble for a while. So, if you can do some owl hoots or get a bird to gobble and know exactly where he’s roosted, you’ll be way ahead of the game and you’ll know exactly where to set up the following morning.
Now, when you get in for the morning hunt, what you’re going to want to do is not get too close because if you get too close, you can get busted. That’s what happened to us this morning. We had a bird roosted, we got in tight and we actually got in too tight that he saw us and he stopped gobbling and he went away from us. What you want to do is get within a couple 100 yards, and you want to get somewhere where you think that bird is going to head and hopefully they will and as that bird starts to hopefully gobble on the limb, hit a few hen calls, whether you’re using a slate or a mouth call or a box call. I wouldn’t over call by any means, but also make sure you call enough for that bird to know where you’re at.
The biggest things that I want to stress is that knowing where a bird is roosting, if you’re not able to get in there the night before, get in early enough in the morning where you can listen and do some owl hooting and hopefully be able to strike up a bird on a limb and then be able to get in tight and make a move. You want to get within that couple 100 yards. If you hear a bird roosting four or five hundred yards off gobbling, you don’t want to sit there so far away. You want to get in close, but not too close. I definitely would recommend running a tom decoy or a jake with a stripe for their decoy setup in the morning. Those are a few things that can help you when it comes to setting up for a rooster hunt when it comes to turkey hunting.
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