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Question by kyle. Uploaded on June 05, 2009
The problem would be that a gobbler can tell where his prospect is calling from. He would be just as likely to spot you there as anywhere else. With the lack of ground cover and shadows he may be even MORE likely. Also it would kill the chance of moving on him if he got hung up. It may work fine if you know travel routes and want to "ambush" one, but traditional turkey hunting by calling and interacting with the birds wouldn't be feasable I don't think.
Although being in a treestand allows less of a chance of getting busted... it also decreases your chance of seeing turkey because the capability of being mobile is a big reason why so many turkey hunters walk around until they find a turkey. They must find where the turkey are at and then call them in. Also, I think shooting from a treestand would not allow you to get a proper shot on a turkey.
I tried during fall season....but i love squirril hunting and when a big squirril walked out i couldnt help it. BOOM!!! but he was yummy lol
I have during deer season in the fall with my bow. I have found it incredible how the birds seem to know something is wrong. I got one nice gobbler last year, but they were all very skittish and I got lucky. In MI, its illegal to hunt from a tree (for turkeys) unless you are bow hunting.
It's a lot of fun, but having the chance to get under a roost is nearly impossible. You have to sneak into a thicket, and then have them come closer with a call. Sometimes, a blind works best.
I've taken 2 gobblers from a tree stand while bowhunting for deer in the fall. There is a photo in my profile of a stuffed gobbler with 5 beards. Got him 3 years ago. There really is no advantage to being in a tree to hunt turkeys as they do look up and you can't move your location very easily. Stay on the ground next to a nice big tree to cover your back and be very still. Wear good camoflage that covers everything even your hands.
I can't add more to Del's answer. A turkey will spot something wrong no matter where you are. As for turkeys, they are frequently preyed upon by large birds of prey, something up a tree can cause them as much harm as someting on the ground...
I think it would also attract morons who hear turkey calls from a tree limb, see a large shape in the foliage, and boom! I wouldn't do it.
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