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would you consider hunting under a turkey roost unethical?

Uploaded on February 01, 2010

I want to hear your oponion, because i've scouted turkey before and sat about fourty yards from their roost and practiced calling them and i could get them to come over but i'm not sure if that'd be ethical or not if i were hunting... I just would like to hear YOUR opinion.

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from alabamaoutlaw wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

If you are talking about shooting them off the roost ,Yes enthical,unsportsmanlike.

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from JohnBear52786 wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

Hmm... Unethical? Would you consider shooting a bedded deer? (not giving my opinion on that, just wanted to make a comparison)

I think what your saying, sitting a distance from the scouted roost and calling them in is perfectly fine and is waht a lot of hunters do.

I personally dont think I would ever attempt to shoot a turkey out of its roost. That takes all the fun, sport, and challenge out of it. Half the fun of turkey hunting is calling a gobbler in, watching him strut and do his thing, and then tricking him into coming close enough to get a clean shot. Shooting a bird off its roost would'nt be any fun imo. I have no problem going scouting and going to where the birds are though. Find a roost, dust bowl, trail, struting lane feeding area and call.
John

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from rlowe357 wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

I'm like the rest I definately think that it's unethical. I have also heard that when a Turkey is on roost and squats down that his feet lock on the limb and won't unlock. This is what keeps owls and hawks from knocking them off their roost

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from rlowe357 wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

Has anyone else heard of that

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from MLH wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

Illegal to shoot a turkey in a tree in Michigan. But if you can set up by the roost that is great. Better choose the right direction or be very convincing or they could be flying down away from you.

Also illegal in Michigan - baiting turkeys, electronic calls, and mechanical, live, or electronic decoys. You can use wind-activated decoys and hunt from a tree stand or blind. Can use a shotgun or muzzleloader shotgun 4 shot or smaller, bow or cross-bow.

rlowe357 - I think bird's claws are naturally in the closed position so they can sleep without thinking about it.

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from rodger_25 wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

Setting up close to the roost is perfectly ethical. It's a challenge to get as close as you can without spooking them while its dark and then working your calls to get him to come in your direction after he flies down.

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from rlowe357 wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

I heard it was like a tendon or something that when they squatted it locked their claws and if you shot one it wouldn't fall. I think one of my cousins or someone told me that when I was little and I guess I've never tried it to see if it was true

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from BuckMaster4 wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

I think that if you are shooting a turkey while it is roosting it is that would be unsportsmen like. But your choice.

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from BuckMaster4 wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

Shange that I think that if you set up there before and they have not noticed you.That would be like stalking a mule deer or elk or what ever as long as you don't shoot them out of the tree than that is ethical.

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from Sayfu wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

Never look up when under a turkey roost, especially after turkey has had his morning coffee.

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from shane wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

"Putting them to bed" is a good tactic. Just let them wake up and stretch their legs a little before you shoot them the next morning. Shooting most game birds out of a tree is illegal in most places.

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

It is not illegal in some states to shoot them off the roost but if you do that you eliminate all the fun. I don't do it. For me it's the challenge of calling them in that makes it worthwhile. BTW turkeys like to fly down to an open spot where they can see any predator that might be near. They also tend to fly up hill rather than down if there is a slope nearby.
Sneak in close and call him in for the shot after flydown. If he leaves do not give up. At least half my gobblers (about 62 birds total) have been shot from mid-morning to late afternoon. They don't gobble as much then but they so come to calling (sometimes).

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from Archery 101 wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

That is actually my plan for this upcoming year. I'm going to sit on the ground or in my ground blind near their roost and call them to me at the crack of dawn. I find it ethical as long as you don't shoot them out of the tree.

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from Sarge01 wrote 4 years 1 week ago

I usually roost a turkey in the evening and then in the morning before daylight try to get in the general area of the bird. I usually call to one on the roost but not too much. When the tom flys down then the calling really gets serious. Shooting a turkey off the roost is not an ethical way as far as I am concerned and no I don't shoot a bedded deer I wait for it to stand.

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from turkeytaker wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

OK..this is a loaded question. Not all States share that same laws and not all laws are written with similar views. Hunting laws and ethics go hand in hand. You cannot have an unethical hunting law, correct? Well, then in States that it is not illegal to take a bird from the roost, I would say it is completely ethical. IF you are lucky enough to get under a bird un-noticed, then the hunt is over. Take the bird. Make it a bigger challenge by bow-hunting your birds as I do. I would have to bet that more than 99% of the time, you will get busted trying to sneak in.

I have been lucky enough to scout for Fall turkeys to find their roosting site and set up under their trees. I have not been lucky enough however, to take one from the roost. It is a challenge regardless, and 100% ethical in areas that it is legal. I do not hunt the trees in the Spring. I am picky with my gobblers, so I call them in and pass if they are small. Fall is a different story. Game on! Hens, Jennies, Jakes or Toms are legal for the taking. Get your dinner.

Remember laws and ethics are one in the same. It is illegal to steal, therefore unethical. It is illegal to murder, therefore unethical. It is illegal to drink and drive, therefore unethical. It is not at all un-sportsman like or unethical to take your quarry at rest in legal areas. I also would have no problem sticking an arrow in a 10pt. buck that is bedded down. If you have done your home work and found your game, that is fair chase in my opinion.

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from Sarge01 wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

I think that the way you stated it is okay. I believe you said to set up close and call the turkeys over. I don't have a problem with that. I do have a problem with shooting turkeys off the roost. Most of the spring gobbler hunting is to get close to a roosting gobbler a nd try to call him to you when he comes off the roost. I think that maybe someone might have misread your question. I guess the only question is 40 yards far enough from the roost and every person has to answer that question for themselves. When I call they almost always come off the roost in the opposite direction before coming to me.

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Setting up near a roosting site is one of my favorite afternoon tactics. I can hunt all day long in my state and that last hour can be quite productive if you do your homework.

I don't condone shooting one off the limb but do like setting up and calling to birds working towards a roosting site. I've seen toms hang around on the ground strutting under a roosting site until near dark. If he comes to the call during legal hours, all is fair in love and turkey harvesting!

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

i dont condone ambushing or shooting a turkey out of a roost.

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from clintsurber wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

I wouldn't shoot'em off the roost but I have hunted near one. I don't think that they would taste any different if they were killed 40 yards or 400 yards from the roost.

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from Kyle VanBritson wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

not only is it unethical...but where's the fun in that,I love Turkey Hunting...I wouldn't want to end my hunt early by going and shooting a sleeping turkey, and don't try to get to close to their roost or you'll buger em up and then your chances of gettin one just plummeted.

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from JohnBear52786 wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

Hmm... Unethical? Would you consider shooting a bedded deer? (not giving my opinion on that, just wanted to make a comparison)

I think what your saying, sitting a distance from the scouted roost and calling them in is perfectly fine and is waht a lot of hunters do.

I personally dont think I would ever attempt to shoot a turkey out of its roost. That takes all the fun, sport, and challenge out of it. Half the fun of turkey hunting is calling a gobbler in, watching him strut and do his thing, and then tricking him into coming close enough to get a clean shot. Shooting a bird off its roost would'nt be any fun imo. I have no problem going scouting and going to where the birds are though. Find a roost, dust bowl, trail, struting lane feeding area and call.
John

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Setting up near a roosting site is one of my favorite afternoon tactics. I can hunt all day long in my state and that last hour can be quite productive if you do your homework.

I don't condone shooting one off the limb but do like setting up and calling to birds working towards a roosting site. I've seen toms hang around on the ground strutting under a roosting site until near dark. If he comes to the call during legal hours, all is fair in love and turkey harvesting!

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from alabamaoutlaw wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

If you are talking about shooting them off the roost ,Yes enthical,unsportsmanlike.

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from rodger_25 wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

Setting up close to the roost is perfectly ethical. It's a challenge to get as close as you can without spooking them while its dark and then working your calls to get him to come in your direction after he flies down.

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

It is not illegal in some states to shoot them off the roost but if you do that you eliminate all the fun. I don't do it. For me it's the challenge of calling them in that makes it worthwhile. BTW turkeys like to fly down to an open spot where they can see any predator that might be near. They also tend to fly up hill rather than down if there is a slope nearby.
Sneak in close and call him in for the shot after flydown. If he leaves do not give up. At least half my gobblers (about 62 birds total) have been shot from mid-morning to late afternoon. They don't gobble as much then but they so come to calling (sometimes).

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from Archery 101 wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

That is actually my plan for this upcoming year. I'm going to sit on the ground or in my ground blind near their roost and call them to me at the crack of dawn. I find it ethical as long as you don't shoot them out of the tree.

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from Sarge01 wrote 4 years 1 week ago

I usually roost a turkey in the evening and then in the morning before daylight try to get in the general area of the bird. I usually call to one on the roost but not too much. When the tom flys down then the calling really gets serious. Shooting a turkey off the roost is not an ethical way as far as I am concerned and no I don't shoot a bedded deer I wait for it to stand.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

i dont condone ambushing or shooting a turkey out of a roost.

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from clintsurber wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

I wouldn't shoot'em off the roost but I have hunted near one. I don't think that they would taste any different if they were killed 40 yards or 400 yards from the roost.

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from rlowe357 wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

I'm like the rest I definately think that it's unethical. I have also heard that when a Turkey is on roost and squats down that his feet lock on the limb and won't unlock. This is what keeps owls and hawks from knocking them off their roost

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from rlowe357 wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

Has anyone else heard of that

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from MLH wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

Illegal to shoot a turkey in a tree in Michigan. But if you can set up by the roost that is great. Better choose the right direction or be very convincing or they could be flying down away from you.

Also illegal in Michigan - baiting turkeys, electronic calls, and mechanical, live, or electronic decoys. You can use wind-activated decoys and hunt from a tree stand or blind. Can use a shotgun or muzzleloader shotgun 4 shot or smaller, bow or cross-bow.

rlowe357 - I think bird's claws are naturally in the closed position so they can sleep without thinking about it.

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from rlowe357 wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

I heard it was like a tendon or something that when they squatted it locked their claws and if you shot one it wouldn't fall. I think one of my cousins or someone told me that when I was little and I guess I've never tried it to see if it was true

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from BuckMaster4 wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

I think that if you are shooting a turkey while it is roosting it is that would be unsportsmen like. But your choice.

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from BuckMaster4 wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

Shange that I think that if you set up there before and they have not noticed you.That would be like stalking a mule deer or elk or what ever as long as you don't shoot them out of the tree than that is ethical.

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from Sayfu wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

Never look up when under a turkey roost, especially after turkey has had his morning coffee.

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from shane wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

"Putting them to bed" is a good tactic. Just let them wake up and stretch their legs a little before you shoot them the next morning. Shooting most game birds out of a tree is illegal in most places.

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from turkeytaker wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

OK..this is a loaded question. Not all States share that same laws and not all laws are written with similar views. Hunting laws and ethics go hand in hand. You cannot have an unethical hunting law, correct? Well, then in States that it is not illegal to take a bird from the roost, I would say it is completely ethical. IF you are lucky enough to get under a bird un-noticed, then the hunt is over. Take the bird. Make it a bigger challenge by bow-hunting your birds as I do. I would have to bet that more than 99% of the time, you will get busted trying to sneak in.

I have been lucky enough to scout for Fall turkeys to find their roosting site and set up under their trees. I have not been lucky enough however, to take one from the roost. It is a challenge regardless, and 100% ethical in areas that it is legal. I do not hunt the trees in the Spring. I am picky with my gobblers, so I call them in and pass if they are small. Fall is a different story. Game on! Hens, Jennies, Jakes or Toms are legal for the taking. Get your dinner.

Remember laws and ethics are one in the same. It is illegal to steal, therefore unethical. It is illegal to murder, therefore unethical. It is illegal to drink and drive, therefore unethical. It is not at all un-sportsman like or unethical to take your quarry at rest in legal areas. I also would have no problem sticking an arrow in a 10pt. buck that is bedded down. If you have done your home work and found your game, that is fair chase in my opinion.

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from Sarge01 wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

I think that the way you stated it is okay. I believe you said to set up close and call the turkeys over. I don't have a problem with that. I do have a problem with shooting turkeys off the roost. Most of the spring gobbler hunting is to get close to a roosting gobbler a nd try to call him to you when he comes off the roost. I think that maybe someone might have misread your question. I guess the only question is 40 yards far enough from the roost and every person has to answer that question for themselves. When I call they almost always come off the roost in the opposite direction before coming to me.

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from Kyle VanBritson wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

not only is it unethical...but where's the fun in that,I love Turkey Hunting...I wouldn't want to end my hunt early by going and shooting a sleeping turkey, and don't try to get to close to their roost or you'll buger em up and then your chances of gettin one just plummeted.

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