Times You Should and Shouldn't Tree Call to Turkeys
Tree calling can help you locate roosted wild turkeys before they fly down.
If you're well-hidden, and they can't see your position, it's an advantage. If they can look down from their roost to the spot where you're tree calling, it's risky: they may not see another bird there, and go the other way.
Sometimes decoys, placed there in the dark before first light, can help. This is especially true if there's some movement to the fakes. But even then, sometimes flocks go where they want to go, even if your calling is spot-on.
Watch our Realtree video to learn more about how to call to roosted turkeys.
Realtree turkey hunting editor Steve Hickoff has chased gobblers all over the United States and Mexico. He was born and raised in northcentral Pennsylvania, and now makes his home in Maine. Hickoff was named the NWTF Tom Kelly Communicator of the Year for 2019, a prestigious award reflecting his longtime work promoting hunting and conservation as a turkey hunting writer, editor and book author.