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Tree Stand Hunting Turkeys
Posted: 16 April 2012 08:41 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Are there any rules about hunting Turks from a tree stand?  I have a stand right where I am planning on turkey hunting so I figured I would use it.

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Posted: 16 April 2012 11:04 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I see nothing in the regs that says you cant…......Give it a try and see how it works…..

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Posted: 16 April 2012 12:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Give er’ a try!......although turkeys from birth are constantly on the watch and ever fearing of not only predators that come from ground level but also terror raining from above (predatory birds) and “other” spectacles of the world above…lol…...my ? is…..how effective will calling from a stand b? will the hieght effect the calling quality? whether ol tommy will believe or even recognize that the calling is coming from a higher location?.....I have no clue but definitly worth testing if legal…....lord knows how sweet it is to see big daddy longbeard struttin in and gobbling to your ficticious hen yelps and purrs…etc…..cant help but crack an all but too large smile everytime!...LOL….even when no shot is presented it is still darn pleasing just to watch the silly but prudently smart gobblers march around as if they were kings of the timber! which in their own light….yes….they are well deserving of the crown! Happy Hunting Matt! b sure to share ure secret recipes that im sure u’ll incorporate into the harvesting of this magnificent bird!!!

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Posted: 16 April 2012 01:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I have never done it during the spring but I have shot several birds from my stand in the fall and so has my buddy. Last spring I shot a turkey that was within 10 yards of one my stands. Heard him gobble, I was on the edge of the timber then he started working away from me, thought I was going to have to let him go or work my way around and in front of him on the other side of the timber but he did turn around and come back. I was just going by his gobble, I never saw him until him came out of the timber to the fence stopped and started coming right towards me. I shot him at about 20 yards and 10 yards to the north of my stand. But could this have happened in the stand? Who knows. I think maybe in the fall they are more in the feeding mode, but spring, you give a call will they look up to see if the hen may be still roosting? Will it matter if your hunting a ridge or flat ground? I think if you had some decoys out and the birds came through it could be done easy, but there are more expert turkey hunters than me that may tell you no way. I am pretty new to spring turkey hunting but I wouldn’t be afraid to try it a time or two.

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Posted: 16 April 2012 09:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I would say it is for sure possible, especially if the birds get focused on some decs on the ground, but i would definetly rather be in the ground.  I just think that if a big ole wiley tom came in and held up at like 50 yds as they normally do, and you have to get more aggressive with the calling that they would pick up out and split.  If, however you did the calling and shut up and they came running in to the decs it would be a done deal!  Let us know how it works, and GOOD LUCK!

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Posted: 17 April 2012 07:57 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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It definitely can be done, but I believe it would be somewhat limiting. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had Mr. Longbeard heading in, and for whatever reason, I had to make a last minute change of position. It happened this spring while I was hunting with my boy during the youth season. We had two huge gobblers coming right in front of us from below the ridge we were on. I shut down the calling because I could tell they were coming straight up the hill below us. Ten minutes later, they gobbled and guess what? They had circled and were now right BEHIND us. They had us pinned down and all we could do was watch them strut around for a couple of minutes and then vanish without a trace. Typical turkey hunt!

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Posted: 17 April 2012 09:09 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Just an idea:  Set up a pushpin call near the ground and run some dark colored string or fish line up to the stand so you can make a noise at ground level when the bird gets closer.  Kind of like some people will hand antlers by the ground so they can rattle from ground level.

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Posted: 17 April 2012 10:34 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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That is exactly what I was thinking Murdy.  Could set the box right under the decoy and run some spider wire along the ground and up the tree.

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Posted: 17 April 2012 12:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Spiderwire is AWESOME!!!! so many useful applications!!!

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Posted: 17 April 2012 12:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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In my experience, hunting turkeys from a treestand is difficult.  In the fall, because there are little to no leaves, the birds seem to pick you out easily.  This may be different in the spring, and I’m not sure on legality.  If it is legal and you are going to attempt it, I would do everything I can to hide myself by using natural vegetation, the tree, etc. . .  Better yet—climb in a tent with blacked out insides and mesh windows and cut shooting lanes.  Turkeys seem to have no fear of blinds and you can draw and fire easily.  You are best to have at least one open shooting window, however, as shooting through “shoot through” mesh is sometimes disastrous.  Good luck!

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Posted: 17 April 2012 02:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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It is 100% legal. I knew it was ok in the fall but I wasn’t sure about in the spring so I called DNR yesterday and you can hunt turkey anytime from a stand.

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Posted: 01 May 2012 08:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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I was about to call it quits on sunday afternoon When I decided to take a walk up to a 4 acre field sorrounded by timber and hillside,I planted that field friday afternoon and heard some Gobbling while we were planting. Sure enough I get up there and I hear a Gobble on the Ridge, there is a tree stand in the corner and after reading this forum I quickly set the decoy, climbed up in the stand and let a call out, he started coming in. As he began coming in I realized that with all the new tree and bush growth, my shooting lane limitations to the left and right of me, the front of me was wide open for a 100yds. Of course he came in from the left and worked on his dance only 20 yds from me with no shooting lane. This went on for over twenty minutes, I needed him to come 2 more feet, which eventually happened.  For a quick set up it worked out great, now I need to trim back some branches
before deer season.

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