Q. My son and some others were hunting turkey in South Dakota this past weekend and located a bird bedded down in the side of a ridge rather than in a roost tree. I had not experienced this, nor has he in years past. Can you answer why this would happen?
A. Thanks for the question Dale. South Dakota turkeys are sometimes challenged by the availability of roost trees. As a result, they find other options like the side of that ridge. In Texas, I've even seen some turkeys roost on powerline structures. I've also seen gobblers and hens bed down to hide in hunting situations, almost as a deer might.
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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.