How to locate a longbeard's roosting site

Written by Big Game Camera Man on Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Early-April is a great time to scout for a gobblers roost. Here are a few basic things to do:  Pick a clear, bright, sunny day--the kind of day when you're likely to hear some turkey chatter. Carry binoculars wear a good pair of high rubber boots (its usually wet this time of year).  Never dress in camo this time of year, because neighbors and people driving by may think you are hunting and may call the local police or the game warden. Dont bring any attention to yourself, turkeys do see people, its not a crime to take a walk in the woods.

In the Spring the flock breaks up and that wise old longbeard that you are after thinks much different, it is the breeding season.

Come Spring, gobblers prefer to roost in high elevation--almost to the top of a ridge, or near the high point on the knob of the mountain. Two reasons for this behavior: come day break a mature gobbler likes to feel that nice splash of sun in his face and most important he wants to be heard as he belts out his thundering gobbles to the valley below. Remember as a turkey hunter its always fun to take on the king of the hill.

In your scouting when you discover an active roosting site, there will be plenty of turkey signs--lots of scratchings, plenty of loose feathers, and turkey droppings.  That gunk on your boot may be good news!

Many a successful turkey hunter finds a fantastic roosting site and returns to it each year-- sites like that are proven hot spots. Generations of mature gobblers will return  each Spring to such roosting sanctuaries. Even when a sharp old woodsman manages to kill a real heavyweight one morning, in most cases another tom will take up housekeeping on the same ridge just days later.

Nobody said it was going to be easy to consistently kill hard gobbling, strutting, wild turkeys; that's the point (and the fun) of putting in your time and figuring out the whole thing.

Remember:  Never false-call to the wild turkey, save all that fun for opening day when you put the smack down on him.

Share the tradition.  Take a youngster hunting or fishing!

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