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Turkey hunting from a tree

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Does anyone hunt turkey from a tree stand? I've always hunted from the ground. A buddy and are going to double team them this year taking turns calling. I thought being elevated might be helpful. Any advice would be appreciated.
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Not much cover this time of year. Good luck, let us know how you did.
 

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ive never done it but offen wondered the same thing if it would be any good. I cant see it being any better. during deer season when i see them, well lets just say they have wicked good eyes. i heard once that ifa chicken could read it could read the news paper at halfa mile. and turkey's have better eyesight then chickens.
 

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I wouldnt even try it without alot of cover in the tree. I know Ive seen a ton of turkey over the years while deer hunting from a treestand and can say that evertime they even got close they pick you out pretty easy up there.
 

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Well in Pa for the last few weeks of archery deer season, fall turkey season overlaps. This past fall I kept having turkeys come by me just out of range until one night. First passed a group of 11 just out of range and then about 30 minutes later a group of 23 came by at about 30 yards. Let's just say 2 misses and one lost arrow. I was about 20 feet up in my climber. If you move slow I think you can make it happen. Just don't be like me and miss the shot when you actually get it ha. The next morning was a downpour and I was heading to a PSU football game around 830am so I decided right and took the shotgun out that morning and got my bird 10 minutes after legal shooting light.
 

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It's been tougher for me to get drawn from a tree stand than on the ground, no matter how slow I draw or how early I draw they usually see me.
 

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I've done it, but it was more by chance, not planned...
 

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A turkey spends half of its life in a tree. They have a pretty good handle on what going on above them . . . they don't miss much. Whitetails are another story. There is generally more available cover on the ground in the spring(prior to leaf out).
 

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It can be done I suppose. I usually see twice as many turkeys in the early archery season as I do during spring turkey season. I have only been able to draw on one without being busted.
 

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Your not really hunting em your just ambushing em as they walk by.What do you do if they are 100 yards out.If your on the ground you can make a move.Up a tree and your stuck up there.
 
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