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Utah Opener - A Bit Rough

Back in December I posted a thread asking about my gun and archery set up for my wife, 12 year daughter, and myself. I got some great input on the thread and I wanted to send out an update.

This past weeekend was the opener of the first general turkey season in Utah with the youth getting 3 days to hunt before everyone else so I took the 12 year old out to see if we couldn't get her a turkey.

Friday evening we got to camp and immediately went hunting. The turkeys were not where we had scouted them a few weeks earlier. We talked to a few people, checked several spots and set up to do some calling but we never saw or heard a turkey. Saturday morning, more of the same. Saturday evening we finally saw a hen in a tree. We moved over to the general area, set up and began to call but nothing answered or came to the calls. As we walked out of the area my dad said we spooked some birds right as we came out of the oak brush although I never saw them. Sunday yielded nothing but it snowed all morning long and we headed home after that.

Others in the area stated that in the first part of April the birds were talking up a storm but now they seem be as quiet as a field mouse. The weather was mostly bad. Lots of rain mixed with snow and it was pretty cold all weekend with times when the sun would shine for 30 minutes or so in between.

So here is my question. This is the only area I know very well in the turkey woods. Everywhere else that I have seen turkeys in the fall is covered in snow right now. Do I continue to work this area and if so how in the heck do I hunt it if the turkeys are quiet? Or is time to find a new area which will put me starting from scratch? And why were the birds so quiet? Weather?

The calling sequence we were doing started with a few yelps every 3 to 5 minutes with some cutting and purring in between here and there. We tried more frequent and less frequent sequences but again never got an answer.

Hunt goes through end of May. Thanks in advance for helping out a new turkey hunter and his girls.

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Re: Utah Opener - A Bit Rough

rather be huntin,

I am no pro turkey hunter by any means, but it sounds to me like they have become call shy. It also sounds like they may still be there. I have had decent luck when they are call shy to just use a hoot owl call or some other call that will make them gobble and then try to move in and cut them off. I have even had them gobble every time it thundered.

Give this a try and good luck and good hunting!

Quinton

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Re: Utah Opener - A Bit Rough

Make yourself or get a taxidermist to make a "turkey wing" for you. Use an owl call to locate birds, sneak in close as possible without being seen and use the wing to sound like a turkey flying down from the roost. Wouldn't hurt to scratch in the leaves immediately after your fly down sequence. Unbelieveable how many call-shy turkeys will respond to the sound of another turkey flying down so close to them. Good luck

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ecu wheres your turkey pics?

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Re: Utah Opener - A Bit Rough

You guys are awesome! Thanks for the replies. I'll give these a try and let you know how it goes. Not sure if I'll be able to get out this weekend but I'll be next week for sure.

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I'll probably post them early next week. We're still hunting here. I'm trying to help a couple of friends get their birds. I've tagged out but they don't know about the second bird. lol

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Re: Utah Opener - A Bit Rough

I went out this last weekend to Southern Utah where I ALWAYS see tons of Turkeys running around everywhere I go but, unfortunately I could only find the Hens this weekend. Hopefully I'll get a chance to get back out this week/weekend.

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Can anyone tell me where some good places are to hunt in Northern Utah? I really don't feel like making another 4 hour trip down to Southern Utah....

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You could try the Mountain Green\Huntsville area, Midaway and Hobblecreek canyon. All these areas generally have turkeys hanging around. Hope that helps.

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UPDATE - Last weekend I was only able to get out for one evening since my 4 year old really really wanted to go fishing. I just couldn't say no...besides I'm not a horrible fisherman with a fly rod. I'll attach some pics.

But back to the Turkey hunting.

We drove up to our area and sat on the road and glassed for a while. It wasn't long before we saw some trukeys in the distance. I went after them. After about 20 minutes I had snuck into where the birds where....nothing. I did some yelps and clucks....nothing. I bought a crow and owl call...but forgot them both. For the next hour I worked the area by sitting for about 20 minutes, calling every 5, then moving about 200 yards and calling some more. Finally I had a hen respond. She came to may calling on a string. I thought for sure a Tom or at least a Jake would be in tow but no such luck she came in to about 30 yards and I sat motionless. I put my sights on her and pretended she was a Tom. Of course I let her walk away but what an experience! This was my first turkey I've ever called in....she may have been a she but you never forget the first one. Enjoy the fishing pics.

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Nice looking fish. Wish I

Nice looking fish. Wish I could catch a fish let alone a nice one like that

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