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looking for hunting partner so cal

older first time hunter looking for someone to go hunting with for the first time in southern california. looking to hunt turkey or other upland bird. i have had some health issues last few years, but behind me now, and i want to get out to do some hunting. if you have knowledge and would like to go with me, let me know.

 

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Hey Alesix, first of all,

Hey Alesix, first of all, welcome to the site!  You are going to have to do a little better than "Southern California", because that can be anywhere within 5 hours drive, and about 15 million people lol.

Are you in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, San Diego, etc.?  I am down in northern San Diego County.  I have hunted Doves, Turkey, Quail, and pheasant down here.  The dove and pheasant are about a 2 1/2 hour drive over to the Imperial Valley, but the turkey and quail can be had locally.

Let me know where you are located, and I can try to be more help. 

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ontario area

i am in the ontario area, but i can drive to any area over the weekends. do you go out often. i would like to try turkey and dove to start.

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I have not been able to get

I have not been able to get myself a turkey yet, let alone be able to guide someone else on one... lol

Now dove, I may be able to do that.  I have to check the dates, but there is a second season that opens in November.  It's usually a "Flies it dies" weekend, as doves and pheasant open, to go along with the quail and duck seasons that are open.  The only problem is that I think it's the 12th this year, which is the Vermont rifle opener, where I will be hunting. 

If you are interested, look up the Fish and Game fields down in the Brawley area.  You would just take Interstate 10 out towards Indio, then the 111 South into Brawley.  Thousands of acres, and it is usually a war zone right at shooting light.  Doves everywhere in the first season (Sept 1st), and I hear it's not too bad the second season either.  Plus, you can take a break from doves and go walk the canal ditch lines and see if you can scare up a pheasant. Lots of hunters after them though.  Also doves all over the canal banks too.  It's hot and dirty out there, but lots of good upland bird shooting to be had.

Let me know what else I can do.  Good luck! 

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Welcome to the site! I see

Welcome to the site! I see you found CA_vermonster. He is the local expert on southern California so I'm sure he can point you in the right direction. Also there are a few others here who can help you out I'm sure. Good luck this season and looking forward to seeing some picture and maybe reading a story or two from you.

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hunting partners

hey guys i live in Glendora, Ca. I'm like 25 minutes away from bass pro shops in rancho cucamonga if you know where that is. I just moved to cali and got my license and looking forward to going hunting but i still haven't met anyone that hunts. I'm 19 years old and any help wiill be great. I used to hunt back in my country and I know all the basics so I'm not new to the game. Big smile

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Hey Big E, welcome to the

Hey Big E, welcome to the site!  I am just down the road from there.  takes me about an hour at the most to get to Bass Pro, and I hit there every coupld of months.  There are lots of people that hunt the San Bernardino area.  Bear, deer, and upland game like quail are all good.  You have pretty much missed this season, with the exception of quail, and pheasant if you want to drive out I-10 to the valley. 

I would start researching the draw process, which occurs around June 2nd each year.  You will want to look for the local zone there, and put in for that spot.  Get yourself a map of the Cleveland National Forest, as well as the Angeles National Forest.  Kots of hunters, but lots of land. 

Let me know if you need any more information.  As the draw gets closer, I can help you out.

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