Game animals I was out doing my pre-hunting season scouting and right before sundown, I stumble across 3 hens and 9 poults walking towards me on the dirty trail to a low mudhole that had collected water. the 3 hens where on extra-security looking and puttin and lookin. They seen me but didn't quite put 2 + 2 that I was HUMAN most likely due to the rapid declining sun that was probably making me look like a black backlit object. But they sure had their necks stretched looking at me just about the whole time till I dropped on my belly and was at grass level with the birds. ( I was like 18yrds away ) After they got their drinks the 3 hens escorted their youngins back up the trails but be it to my surprise they looked like they where leaving the poults behind. They had an easy 60-80yrds from the nearest poult to the closet hen. The 3 hens circle the roost tree and gather distance between each other and the poults. The poults stayed in single file looing at the moms puttin & lookin & puttin. After determining that it was all clear, they gave a call that I could only translate as " Run Forest run! All 9 poults quickly in synchro ran and jump into the air and flew the remainding 30yrds to the lower branchs of the Live Sand Oak tree. This is the 1st time I ever seen a turkey getting on roost with their youngs. I've seen them coming down alot ;f but never going up with children. Quite interesting and it showed their teamwork,alertnes, & carring for the poults. I can only figure out that the 3 hens distance themselves just in case a 2 or 4 legged predator was around the roost site and would give up their lives to allow the young turkeys to live. Once again interesting and a beautiful sight.