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public land turkeys

Postby 20gaugeGreen » Sun Apr 24, 2011 10:25 pm

Hey any of you guys out in CA have any luck on public land for turkeys this spring? Im thinkin bout goin out for the last weekend and wanted to know any public areas th :biggrin: at had success. I was thinkin about cache creek wildlife are but again ive never been there so it would be tough. If youve got any helpful info that would be appreciated.
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Re: public land turkeys

Postby FMFdevildoc » Mon Apr 25, 2011 9:23 am

The WMA's here in California get hit pretty hard each season; just from my observations they are getting worked over pretty hard this year. Like any kind of hunting, you will get the best results by scouting the area(s) and trying whatever tactics your situation dictates to throw at the birds (call, decoy - etc).

Are there gobblers @ Cache Creek? Sure... Then again, there is a HUGE population on the U.C. Berkeley university campus, near downtown Berkeley - which I mention to illustrate how good the turkey population is here in California!

Here are my suggestions for Cache Creek:
• scout the area best you can; bring binoculars and glass too...
• try to get 2 days in; 1 to scout and 1 to make the kill, works great for unknown real estate
• be extremely careful @ cache creek, like many places, there is a TON of rattlesnakes there. Cache creek seems to have a "higher than average" rattlesnake population from what I've seen. I got 'buzzed' at a dozen times easily by snakes last spring turkey.
• be mindful of the granola eating hikers and horse riders there, there is a lot of them
• try your best to get as far back into the back country as you can hike; true to form as with many public WMA land, the weekend warrior hunters tend to bust birds and push them around alot there.

If you haven't got a map, get the map online as well. Cache creek is big and is also near Payne Ranch, a map will be key to knowing the layout of the land - there is some serious terrain in some portions there.

Good luck boss!!
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Re: public land turkeys

Postby 20gaugeGreen » Mon Apr 25, 2011 1:13 pm

Thanks for the help. Il give it a try
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Re: public land turkeys

Postby 20gaugeGreen » Mon Apr 25, 2011 6:56 pm

Hey again. And info or thoughts on daugherty hill WA? Hear its pretty good for turkeys but can get crowded. Just wondering if anyone had some knowledge of the place and how its done for turkeys in recent years. Let me know. Thanks
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