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#1 runNgun

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Posted 09 October 2010 - 01:32 PM

This morning I was sitting in my stand for a couple hours and had a group of turkeys walk by. This got me thinking, why isn't turkey hunting from a treestand popular? I understand that it helps to be mobile while turkey hunting, but if you only have a small parcel to hunt on why not? You would be out of the line of sight of the birds. Has anyone tried hunting turkeys out of a stand?
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Posted 09 October 2010 - 02:36 PM

Pretty sure it's not legal to turkey hunt from a treestand in most states.
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Posted 09 October 2010 - 06:31 PM

Eric, checked the NYS Conservation Dept. Website and there doesn't seem to be a regulation against it... I'd check alot more into the regulations regarding it before actually hunting a turkey out of a tree stand but it makes sense and alot of people seem to be making the same observation.
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Posted 09 October 2010 - 06:47 PM

I just researched my PA game commission handbook and did not find where it is illegal. I certainly would not hunt from a treestand in the fall season. Our small game season is concurrent with fall turkey season and I certainly would not be comfortable sitting higher than ground level in squirrel and grouse season. When I was in Kansas a couple weeks ago during their muzzleloader deer season I saw a bunch of turkeys from a tree stand. Danger to a turkey can come from above as well as at ground level so they do look up and I have been spotted while sitting in a treestand by turkeys. If it is legal and not in a small game season it may work if you know where the turkeys roost and set your treestand up to intercept them as they come to roost.

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Posted 09 October 2010 - 08:44 PM

I have killed turkey in the fall from a treestand.
Though legal in Pennsylvania, this was not really by design. It simply occurred during an overlap between white-tail archery season and fall turkey season.
(A turkey happened by my stand and was fair game... you get the idea.)

Believe it or not, I've been picked off in a treestand by turkey just as often as sitting on the ground. Their eyesight is almost omnidirectional. (Being on either side of their head, a turkey's eyes afford them a much wider field of view than we have as well as an ability to literally see in different directions at the same time.) While white-tail have certainly been known to look up and bust a stand hunter, it seems as though turkey look up a lot more often and they will pick up on movement even before a deer would, in my experience. So, the thought that turkey hunting from an elevated platform may present an advantage is not one that I subscribe to, personally. But, provided it is a legal method for the area and the lay of the land lends itself to this type of ambush, I certainly wouldn't blame anyone for trying it.

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Posted 10 October 2010 - 08:05 AM

As far as I know it is illegal to take turkeys with a firearm from a treestand in NC, SC and AL.
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Posted 11 October 2010 - 06:42 AM

My brother in law shoots them from a treestand when fall turkey over laps with deer season. He's a deer hunter but doesnt mind a little extra protein. Main reason treestand hunting for turkey isnt more popular I think is that they contantly look for aerial predators like hawks so hiding in a tree isnt anymore effective then leaning against the base of the tree.




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