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Location: eastern ohio
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its a shame

ive asked for help lookn for places to hunt turkeys with no replies on here and i have helped others with whit tails here in ohio looks like there is no friendship with other hunters on this site its a shame to see this a sad for for huntere every where

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Re: its a shame

I find the members on BGH to be very generous with their help and information.

Did you ask for help in a specific area? If no one responded, chances are no one from that area is a member here.

Hope you find the info you're looking for, or someone jumps in and helps you out. You need to be a bit more specific about what you need.

Good luck!

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Location: eastern ohio
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Re: its a shame

i have and still no help some people tried to send me to other states to hunt birds but that was it

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Location: Colorado Springs
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Re: its a shame

You need to look at things from the other side of the fence too. For example, I've been hunting turkeys in Colorado for three years now. This will be my fourth season starting next Saturday. I hunt exclusively on public land but have yet to take a bird. I've come close on several occaisions... but no cigar. The clincher is that I see hundreds of birds on private land while scouting and hunting. But the majority of land owners here that have large populations of turkeys on their property do not allow any hunting whatsover. In fact half the time I'm told that they dispise hunting and hunters... and to "get the h--l off my land". So I don't even bother asking anymore. You can usually tell if the birds have ever been hunted too by watching them. So it's pretty obvious they're not just lieing to you. Case in point... there are at least 3 dozen turkeys within a 1/2 mile of my front door. I've seen them every morning these past few weeks while driving to work. They are grouped up and the toms are strutting. Several of them are monster gobblers. I toyed with them once last spring when they were within calling distance of the fence line. I pulled over, hid behind some bushes next to the fence and started calling. They came at a dead run and got within 10 yards of me. They milled around for about ten minutes gobbling everytime I hit the hen call. When I stood up they just casually walked away. Talk about fighting temptation. Whistling But it's on a small private ranch that doesn't even let you come in to photograph the birds, much less hunt for them. This same ranch is also overun with whitetail deer that ruin most of their crops every year. There must be 60+ deer on their 200 acres. They build fences and use fireworks to try and keep the deer away. Even the main caretaker told me once she wish she knew how to get rid of those problem deer. I've offered to pay a daily access fee, only use a bow and not bring any buddies along with me. But to no avail. The answer was a resounding... "NO, I just couldn't let anybody kill those animals!" Now if a ranch owner is receptive and they do allow hunting there's usually a hefty fee attached. They know there's a potential for profit and they take advantage of that fact. Most private land hunts here run from $ 500.00 to $ 1,000.00 per day. You're almost guaranteed a bird in most cases. But to me it's just not worth that much. So I choose to bumble around on public land looking for the proverbial needle in a hay stack. Maybe that's why they call it "hunting". I usually try to find public land that is adjacent to private land that holds lots of birds. But I have yet to coax any birds into crossing the fence line into legal territory.

My point in all this is that many of us work very hard and put in lots of time to try and find turkeys... with little or no help from others. The most valuable information I have ever received was when I offered to take a Division of Wildlife officer to lunch one day. I picked his brains for all it was worth. To be honest with you I got more useful information from that one luncheon conversation than all the hunters I've talked with in the last three years... hunting forums included. The most I have ever shared with others is to say which county I have seen birds on public land. To narrow it down to the exact spot could create a situation where you're now in competition with other hunters over just a few birds... or even one. So if people don't wish to divulge their hot spots I suppose it should be honored... not condemned. My advice is to chat with some local game wardens and get out and do some scouting.

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Location: eastern ohio
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Re: its a shame

thanks for the reply i know how hard it is for hunting and finding a spot to hunt. i didnt care if it was info to or for outfitters in the area any info but none. i was told as a young child to help others and have done so with white hunting here in ohio u. I have even taken people here on our 380 ac farm hunting. i was willing to trade a hunt we have big deer here. i have 3 ohio big bucks hangn on my wall a 8 point that went 145 an 3/8 a nine point that is 146 an a 16 and a ten that is 185 and 5/8 so we dont have little ones here. every body wants a good deal and traden a hunt for a big white tail for a turkey seamed to be a good deal anyways good luck huntn

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Re: its a shame

Just curious, are you down in the river valley? I went to college for 4 years in Marietta, and hunted the hills to the south along the Ohio River. There were some very nice deer there, for sure.

Good luck finding a spot! I hope you get one! Thumbs up

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Location: eastern ohio
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Re: its a shame

Yes I am north of there about a hour an we lots of big deer here an a lot of turkeies. I have 3 ohio big bucks that I have killed over the years. I am workn on my grand slam have found places to hunt but I figured that some one on here would help with that. But had to use other sites to find places to hunt I even offered to trade our white tails for a hunt anywhere for turkies and no takers. Oh well good luck to ya.

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Location: Denver, CO
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Re: its a shame

Some people have access to private land through family or work. Most public land hunters with any species will not divulge their honey holes. They are earned through long days of driving, hiking, map reading, conversations with locals etc...With that said, I do share a little bit more than most. It seems I see less and less hunters in the younger generations.

Most will guide you into a general area. Contact the NWTF chapter in your state; however I've found the game wardens are the best source of info. A cup of coffee and smile can go a long ways.

Drive the rural roads after a fresh snow or rainstorm. You wills see the tracks. Yes they may be coming from, or going to, private land, but they (birds) will go on public land too.

Find the obscure calls nobody else is using, find a forum for Ohio hunters. There may even be a geeky informal turkey hunting club in your area, check it all out.

Good luck, I hope you walk out of the woods with a tom slung over your shoulder...

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Location: eastern ohio
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Re: its a shame

Thanks I have over a thousand acres of ground here in ohio to hunt I was lookn for places or guides in nebraska and kansas also florida I'm workn on my grand slam an next year I will do it agin with my son who will be 12 but this time I ll use my bow. I have found places to hunt on over hunting sites. Thanks a lot for the info. Is there any muleys or speed goats near you. Thanks michael

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Location: Greeley, CO
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Re: its a shame

Definately sorry to hear that...I am sure though that it is just as Cowgal stated, there is just no one here that is familiar with the areas you were asking about. Where were your questions posted? See if we can get some info for you. I see you mentioned Nebraska, Kansas & Florida? Are they possibly in those state specific forums?

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Location: eastern ohio
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Posts: 49
Re: its a shame

Yes have I found places to hunt thru other sites. I was hopen that more people would have helped out on this site. I got my florida ossy. On the next last day thanks for the offer to help means a lot. Mike

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