Ethics Check: Rooster Rhetoric

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Ethics Check: Rooster Rhetoric

Postby Ben Sobieck » February 27th, 2009, 5:19 am

Roosting Rhetoric

You are on the third and final day of a difficult hunt. Weather has made the
turkeys cranky and uncooperative, and the few toms you've heard gobble have
refused to leave their hens. It's midday, and you're slogging through mud on
the way back to camp, where you and your buddies will grab lunch and decide
whether to hunt the rest of the day or go home birdless.

Suddenly, you spot two strutters in a nearby field, apparently alone. You
drop to the ground, get your back to a large tree and begin calling.

Amazingly, the birds come unglued at your calling, breaking into fits of
double- and triple-gobbling. Then, to make things more exciting, they start
trotting toward your setup. Your heart races, and your mouth goes dry.
You're gonna pull a rabbit from the hat at the last minute.

But when the birds reach the 30-yard mark, they spot something amiss and get
goosy. The smaller of the toms ducks his head, drops low and sneaks off
through the grass. The other gobbler seems about to do the same, but instead
rubber-necks for a few seconds before flushing and landing in a tree only 20
steps away. You have a clear shot at his head, but as you flick the safety
off you remember that roost-shooting is illegal in the state.

Do you:

A) Drop the hammer? A turkey that has lit in a tree during daylight is not
roosting; he's simply trying to get a better look at things.

B) Pass the shot? Roost shooting means shooting a turkey from a tree, and
that definition doesn't change during daylight.

C) Something else?

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RE: Ethics Check: Rooster Rhetoric

Postby tracebusta32 » February 27th, 2009, 5:26 am

Roost shooting is when you slip in on a turkey that is sleeping in a tree, I called one time and missed, he flew up to a tree right above me and I let him walk.
I thought about it afterwards and told myself if that ever happened again I would pluck him right off the limb.
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RE: Ethics Check: Rooster Rhetoric

Postby Ozarks Hillbilly » February 27th, 2009, 5:38 am

C. Somethin else.
 I would have cut him a flip at 30 yrds while he was rubber necking. If I couldn't get the shot off before he flew I would just wait him out and see what he did after he calmed down and left the limb. Chance are he mite fly out of range but he could just as easily just plop down to the ground in range and in view.
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RE: Ethics Check: Rooster Rhetoric

Postby wordbird » February 27th, 2009, 5:45 am

A called up bird that takes to the limb ain't roosting. I'll roll him off it. I've seen 'em do it just to see where the hen is. No different than hopping up on a log or going to the high ground.
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RE: Ethics Check: Rooster Rhetoric

Postby wisturkeyhunter » February 27th, 2009, 5:48 am

I turkey hunt to call turkeys to the gun and shoot them. That bird was called to me so I'd gun him out of the tree.
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RE: Ethics Check: Rooster Rhetoric

Postby trkyklr » February 27th, 2009, 5:48 am

deAd bird...

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RE: Ethics Check: Rooster Rhetoric

Postby icdedturkes » February 27th, 2009, 6:04 am

Would never get that far. Any longbeard that rubber necks at thirty yards even for a second is dead.

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RE: Ethics Check: Rooster Rhetoric

Postby NYSuperSportsman » February 27th, 2009, 6:56 am

I would take him. Things dont always happen the way they are "supposed to" .  And  I dont believe that shooting a turkey out of tree that you called in, in broad daylight is roost shooting. Shooting them in the dark or just before shooting light is a different story.

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RE: Ethics Check: Rooster Rhetoric

Postby silvestris » February 27th, 2009, 7:06 am

He is a called bird.  Boom.
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RE: Ethics Check: Rooster Rhetoric

Postby Snedley » February 27th, 2009, 8:22 am

I consider the roost to be the limb he woke up on. So I'd shoot him in a heartbeat.


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