Strange Roosts


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?

--Dale Linville

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.

--Steve Hickoff