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ads1 wrote:I had a chance to get into the woods on opening day of bow season. It was hot and dry and I was soaking wet from sweat by the time I got to my setup. There were at laest 20 birds roosted, some not more than 30 yards from me. I used a small red filter light to walk in and it didn't seem to bother the birds. A few young birds flew down at daybreak and made a lot of noise. I thought I could call one to me since they would respond to my yelps and kee kees but the majority of the birds walked away from me. Two birds came my way. One bird was too far away for a shot and the other bird came in silent and spotted me before I could do anything. Two things were interesting: first the young birds were whining constantly until all the birds flew down. This lasted for at least 60 minutes. Secondly the birds stayed on the roost a long time and it was at least 8 am before all (at least I thought it was all of the birds) of the birds flew down. Then within 20 minutes it was quite in the woods. I get up to head out and Two additional birds fly off their roost. I came close but couldn't close the gap. Still a lot of foliage in the woods and it is difficult to see the birds. Eventhough I didn't get my bird it was so much fun to hear the birds talk. I thought they would come to the acorns and to where I was set up, but in hindsight I realize that because it was so hot and dry the birds were probably going to a water source. There is no water in the creek bottoms where they were roosted. If I had a shotgun I could have nailed a bird, but with a crossbow I was not confident or skilled enough to take a shot. I haven't been back to these birds. Need to develop a strategy on what to do. When you have to walk in over a half mile and it is not easy walking, then you realize you need to come in from a different direction and the terrain is even more difficult, makes me a little hesitant. Last spring the birds were flying into an open field, but it is planted to corn and the birds are not flying there. I believe they come to the corn in the afternoon. I see droppings and feathers and dust spots along the edge of the corn field so the late morning and afternoon may be the best time to hunt this side. Both mornings the birds have flown the same direction off the roost toward a water source. I am hoping the corn is harvested by the start of gun season. That will make for more opportunities. That's my story. Any comments?
timbrhuntr wrote: ... get set up and wait until you hear them calling on the ground trying to regroup and start your calling to them...
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