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Early Turkey Scouting

Tomorrow I'll be setting out for my first scouting session since relocating to Colorado a few months back.  I've done tons of research online, used google earth, picked up all the topo maps, talked around at the local guns shops etc.....  Basically done everything but hit the trail.

I am not eligible to draw as my permanent residency in the state doesn't happen until the middle of March, but there is no better time than now to start scouting.  I've hunted gobblers before.  Never hunted from a blind or from thickly wooded areas; mostly high desert environment.  I will be hitting a few zones west of Pueblo starting tomorrow evening, and will end up heading further south as we inch near to the opener.

I'm not looking to know where everybody goes, but I was hoping to know if those areas will be over crowded come the season opener.  

I just don't want to piss of the regulars. Thanks.

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I don't know anything about

I don't know anything about that side of the hill but there is a lot of pretty good turkey hunting with over the counter tags on the western slope. All around the Rifle area and heading up toward Meeker is good with a lot of public land. To the south of Silt is good also but I have to admit all of these areas get hunted pretty hard because of the unlimited tags.

Don't forget you can also apply for a preference point in the fall here not just the spring season, so you can get a preference point before the draw next spring when you are a resident.

I have not gone for years myself but just applied for the spring season last week. I know I won't get my area this year but at least I'm back in the game.

Good luck on your hunting in your new state.

I love it here.

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The units I'm scouting to

The units I'm scouting to begin with will be GMU-84 & 69.  Reports on bird counts vary.  None the less; numbers posted still look promising.

Thanks for the encouragement.  I didn't think getting in to the hunting swing of things out here was going to be easy.  I'm not familiar with anywhere out of my current locale (colorado springs), so the least I have to gain is better knowledge of my surroundings.  If I get to kill a bird in the process; even better.  

 

 

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Taking a quick trip to

Taking a quick trip to Nebraska next week, but I will be scouting hard when I get back. 

Our season actually starts in just 6 1/2 weeks.

Gotta love it!!!

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Although I know thats not why

Although I know thats not why your goin there I've been looking a lot at Nebraska for turkeys also.

A friend of mine hunted the Pine Ridge area a few years back and did quite well. In some areas you can take up to three birds.

I'm thinking about going for turkeys in the spring and doing a little scouting for the December muzzleloader deer hunt while I'm there.

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I actually have an open

I actually have an open invite to a farm whenever I want to hunt there.  Problem is, I keep scheduling my trips when there is no hunting going on.... lol

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I see your posts on

I see your posts on BloodyDecks.com all the time.  Do you hunt private or public land in California?  We usually hit pine valley or various spots around Julian where we could squeeze through private land to a few decent public spots.

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Do you use the same screen

lol

Do you use the same screen name over there???  Send me a PM if you don't, so I can figure out who you are.

I am a weekend warrior, and don't get out as much as I would like.  You've probably seen me be the butt of many jokes on there, cause I am the resident "never kill anything:

I bow hunt on Laguna for turkey and deer, and rifle/shotgun hunt for deer and turkey either on Palomar or near Julian.  I wish I could find some place to "sneak through".  heck, when the season gets close, I'll go for a drive up in Julian and see 150-200 turkeys, mostly on private land.

I have hunted Pine Valley a few times, more down the road towards Guatay.

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I use the same name on

I use the same name on Bloodydecks.  Never post there, just read all the usual B.S. you do.  

We have a good friend that has a cabin on Mt. Laguna where we can park at and hike through the back of his property to some prime turkey/deer hunting for the area; all bow ofcourse.  The same goes for Julian.  My cousin dates a girl whos family owns a large stake in the town of Julian.  The same boat up there as Mt. Laguna with access.  It took YEARS of him pressuring his girl in to convincing her grand-parents to allow us to hunt around their property.  They love their birds.  

I do too....  Just in my belly.

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