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Author Topic: Ducky Places Turkeys Like  (Read 479 times)

Offline AppalachianHollers

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Ducky Places Turkeys Like
« on: January 26, 2021, 09:16:54 PM »
Any duck habitat you tend to encounter turkeys in, or at least near?
I suspect, but haven’t confirmed, that turkeys might like shallow flooded timber. I’ve even seen them take drinks in coves off big lakes, created by ridges.


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Re: Ducky Places Turkeys Like
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2021, 01:53:42 PM »
Yes.  Many of the swamps I hunt ducks in have turkeys roosting in them.  Had some gobble after we shot this year.
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Re: Ducky Places Turkeys Like
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2021, 06:08:56 PM »
Yes.  Many of the swamps I hunt ducks in have turkeys roosting in them.  Had some gobble after we shot this year.
Any sense as to their movement patterns? Do they just wade through 6” water like it’s a normal wooded area, or do they look for some feature that helps you pattern them?


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Re: Ducky Places Turkeys Like
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2021, 07:35:45 AM »
I’m no duck hunter and live in the mountains where flooded timber isn’t really a thing, so take this with a grain of salt. But in the places I hunt in South Carolina where I’ve seen wood ducks and small tracts of flooded timber I’ve observed turkeys roost over the water. When they flew the next morning, though, they always pitched to dry land. I’ve never seen one walk through so much as a trickle of water. Seen them hop creeks, cross logs, pace back and forth like they were at a fence row, fly across, but never wade water. Roosting over water makes great sense, may even be preferable, but I’ve just never seen them wade anything.


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Re: Ducky Places Turkeys Like
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2021, 11:04:48 AM »
We’ve got a duck hole in the mountains we hunt that we always hear roosted birds or bump birds on the walk out.


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Re: Ducky Places Turkeys Like
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2021, 01:43:11 PM »
Yes.  Many of the swamps I hunt ducks in have turkeys roosting in them.  Had some gobble after we shot this year.
Any sense as to their movement patterns? Do they just wade through 6” water like it’s a normal wooded area, or do they look for some feature that helps you pattern them?


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They fly down to areas that don't have standing water.  I've watched them leapfrog from tree to tree until they get to dry ground.
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Re: Ducky Places Turkeys Like
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2021, 06:42:55 PM »
Most of my turkey hunting is along often flooded river bottom with scattered oxbows. My hunting is best when I need to wear hipboots to hunt. It’s just the way of life for those birds. Go gett’m!

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Re: Ducky Places Turkeys Like
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2021, 07:32:25 PM »
I have seen turkey tracks in mudholes in the swamps in Florida and then seen them hang up on standing water that is 1" deep. 

We called to a flock of birds last weekend and had woodies splashing all around us in the water holes.  The turkeys would not cross those little oxbows though.  They wanted to walk out.
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Re: Ducky Places Turkeys Like
« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2021, 07:51:08 PM »
I have seen turkey tracks in mudholes in the swamps in Florida and then seen them hang up on standing water that is 1" deep. 

We called to a flock of birds last weekend and had woodies splashing all around us in the water holes.  The turkeys would not cross those little oxbows though.  They wanted to walk out.
Yeah, I have seen turkeys having the time of their lives on mud flats when the water drops after the drawdown or when impoundments have been drained.

After everyone’s comments it’s clear they cannot stand to see water in front of them. Guess it’s a mental thing, and not an unreasonable one—they cannot judge water depth and probably wouldn’t fare well if ever they stepped into a deep spot.


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