Can anyone give me a report on Spenceville turkeys? I will be going up there with my dad on Saturday, we have never been, so I will be scouting on Friday for him (he got drawn, and I wasn't on the ticket). I would love any info anyone has to offer to give my dad the best chance. Please send it to PM. Thanks guys.
Ryan, Be careful only permit holders are allowed to scout on the four non shoot days. The wildlife area is closed to the public the first nine days of the season. Call the main office to make sure you won't be in violation. Wardens are abound in that area. Good luck to your Dad on his hunt.
Wow, that sucks, in that case I would greatly appreciate any info anyone has about the area. Thanks.
I got drawn for this hunt last year and the best advice is to get as far away from the roads and parking lots as possible. Lots of birds up there regardless of what people say. I was on birds during my hunt but I got drawn on the 8th of 9 days so the birds were really spooked and I couldnt close the deal but had toms within 100yds just hung up and lots of hens come within 10yds. Check in as early as possible hit a trail in the dark and once your way back in there bust out a locator call. DFG has maps of the entire area and the trails are well marked practically roads. It was a fun hunt and I would go back but i wish they would draw less people per day i dont remember the exact numbers but i think each day they allowed 20 hunters which to me makes it like any other day hunting public land only more organized lol.
I drew a Sunday hunt at Spenceville but couldn't make it. Did BLM in Fresno area instead and no regrets. Although I wasn't able to close the deal I had birds around me all weekend, even pulled the trigger on a tom at 30yds but the gun wouldn't fire. Soooo frustrating but I know where he lives and will be back! Let us know how your Dads hunt turns out I'm curious to here about the area. Good Luck!!
Have fun out there.
Have fun out there.
When you find a roost listen to the other 5 guys calling from all around it and get on the side of the tree with the least amount of people and dont call,the bird will fly down your way.
I like big racks
I hunted yesterday for a big zero. I scouted tue and found several birds but not tons. I set up blind and decoy 5:15 in the archery range. I had spoted a few toms the day befor in there along the creek. I sat in the blind till 11:00 with no birds to be seen or heard. I then took off on foot and coverd the whole archery range and two valleys over. spotted one jake a mile out across the valley in open country no sneaking on him. As I was driving to a new area spotted two birds in the field next to the check in. I parked at the intersection and was able to stock and crawl up to some rocks within 40 yards . My hart was pounding as I looked through my binoculars to see it was two hens, Dammm but that was fun!! I checked in with the fish and game guy at the check point what nice guys out there. He told me that 4 birds had been takin by 12:30 and that 4 on sat and 5 on sun not to many birds a day with 40 hunters in the field. I had a great day huntting the oppertunity just didnt present its self. I will be back out fri at my home location stocking the birds.
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Thanks for the info guys. My dad struck out, but we had a lot of fun and saw some birds. The gobblers were REAL call shy. I saw a group of them from about 150 yards away and all I did was a little purr, got them to come 20 yards closer, then stopped, purred one more time, then they slowly moseyed away - not one gobble. There was one big tom, four jakes and four hens in that group.
Another time, we had a jake at about 50 yards right when two other hunters decide to walk down a path talking, and spooked it away.
Lots of opportunities, just couldn't close the deal, but it was fun. Thanks again.
I shot one of the 4 birds on saturay.
I like big racks