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First Turkey Hunt

So I am Going on my first hunt EVER on Satuday for a Turkey. I got everything I need and have a basic idea on how to do it.  We are going somewhere in D16, not sure where yet. Any advice from the pros out here?

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My main advice is to have

My main advice is to have fun!  I think there were some threads on fall turkey hunting which is different than spring turkey hunting on here.  What is your strategy?

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Well I did alot of reading,

Well I did alot of reading, And decided that i should scatter them and try and call them back, But i just talk to a guy that got one opening day with decoys.  He said that they walk around this time of year trying to pick up new members for there floc getting ready for winter.

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Good luck and have fun!

Good luck and have fun!

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Well, I have located many

Well, I have located many turkeys in D-16, just have not successfully shot any.  You will get very frustrated over the amounts of birds you will see, all on public land. 

Anyway, there are alot of public areas that have birds.  I assume you have a map of the Cleveland National Forest.  I would look at parts of Palomar, specifically the east grade, but they can be found on the whole hill.  Then, there are 2 main roads just before getting to Julian.  Look for Boulder Creek and Eagle Peak roads.  This weekend will be LOADED with people, since it is the last weekend of Rifle Deer season.  However, you may get lucky and slip into an area without them.  If not, then maybe try during the week or next weekend if you have time.  There will be very few people out there.

As for what to do in those areas, your guess is as good as mine.  I will call and get answers all sprigns long, but in the fall, who knows.  I found some on the roost the other day, and they were talking up a storm.  However, they would not answer my calls.  They are doing their own thing this time of year.

Best of luck to you.  Feel free to let me know if you have any more questions about the area.

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So how did the hunt go?  Did

So how did the hunt go?  Did you get a bird, have a good time?

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Sorry for the delay, I just

Sorry for the delay, I just got a new job, WOOT WOOT!

  So Me and my buddy went up friday and got to our spot around 2 pm. When we got to the dirt road we realized we brought the wrong car, He has a Pontiac Vibe, It has about a foot and a half ground clearence but we kept going! We passed one truck and shortly after I got out to see if we could make it over this dip, I heard some quail, Then BANG!! The guy that owed that truck was Hunting 10 feet off the road. Not cool, I was taught that was a big no no. We made it up the hill to the tree line where I thought there might be some Turkey. That day we scouted about half of the area till just about dark. We found no sighns of turkeys. So we set up camp and ate our sandwiches. We decided that we would get up early and check out the other half of the area and if there were no turkey we would drive back down aways and get some quail AWAY FROM THE ROAD. We went to bed about 7pm. We woke up and it was so bright in the tent I was like wow that was fast SO i crawlled out of the tent and realized it was that it was a full moon and it was high in the sky, I checked the time it was 8:30pm. It went on like that all night HAHA we were too excited. When we did get up it was freezing, the wind was howling and we were in a cloud. We scouted the other half anyways. Nothing absolutly nothing but it was fun.  So i will try some different spots that are harder to get to this weekend just taking a different car!  sorry about the spelling and grammar

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I don't care who you are but

I don't care who you are but that is funny about waking up at 830 pm thinking it was time to get up.  Sounds like a fun time even though you didn't get a turkey. Better luck next time.

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Spelling and grammer is about

Spelling and grammer is about the last thing you need to worry about on here. Most of us are illiterate anyways. ha Thanks for sharing the story of your hunt even though it sounds pretty frustrating. Atleast you had some fun though because that is all that really matters anyway. Although I have never done it successfuly, I like your idea of scattering a flock and then calling them back. I have had a lot of people tell me that this is the best technique. Well keep us posted on how your next hunt turns out and do not forget to take a truck next time. ha

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    So I went Hunting Again

    So I went Hunting Again by my self this time. I decided to go for some of those quail. The road was closed becase it had rained so I had to walk in with the gun in its case. once i got into the hunting zone i put my case in the bushes and began listening for quail. It was very quiet so I just kept walking, Then I came Around A corner to see 30 to 40 quail  

  Ha you guys probly thought I got one, NOPE. I decided i would wait till I herd something to load me shotgun  They took off so fast and in silence. After that I was like well maby on the way back or there will be more on the way Nope None Nada Zilch.  This has taught me one thing when you are in the field be ready to shoot. But On A happy Note I went fishing On Saturday And got my limit of Trout, Ohh and on the way Just before the lake i saw a 3 point Buck 

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It sounds like you are having

It sounds like you are having a tough run of luck hunting turkeys. If there is one thing I have learned about turkey hunting, it is to have patience and be persistant. You may get lucky and shoot one on the first day or find one close to the road. But if you stay at it, you'll eventually get your bird. Good luck and good hunting. Thumbs up

You mentioned having the shotgun cased while walking in. Were you not at a trailhead? What is the law that required the gun to be cased?

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