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Old 02-17-2013, 1:55 PM
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Hi CalGunners - I'm looking for help with finding legitimate public or private lands for turkey hunting. I'm willing to pay for access to private land, especially since the public stuff seems so poor. Also, anyone know how the turkey hunting is at Fort Hunter Liggett?

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Old 02-17-2013, 2:29 PM
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Upper Cottonwood has some turkeys, but it also has a fair bit of hunter traffic.

There is a guide that hunts in the Tri-Valley area, but he charges $500 for a hunt.
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Old 02-17-2013, 3:23 PM
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Thanks Boss - I know guides need to make money but doesn't it seem like the fees have gone through the roof lately? I would rather just pay an access fee and go on my own anyways. I'll research Cottonwood, too.

Thanks again.
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Upper Cottonwood is pretty big, and a lot of it is pretty rugged. I've seen turkeys up there when I was hunting pig and quail.

Yeah - $500 seems a lot to me for a guided turkey hunt. A friend of mine used him, and since he booked for two the guide gave him a brake at $400/ea. He said they had a good time.

My best friend lives in Oklahoma, so I go there once a year in April and get my turkey fix and catch up my best friend at the same time. Turkey hunting out there is stupid easy, and several ranchers let us hunt their property for free.

I don't think turkeys are that smart.
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Where are you located in "NorCal"?
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Where are you located in "NorCal"?
East Bay Area, Contra Costa
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I'm lookin for a place for turkey too
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if your in the bay area, your best bet probably el dorado NF for public land, or if you can get it, theres lots of awesome private lands in west and south sac
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Cache creek has turkeys as well as Knoxville area above lake berryessa.
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Come sit on my Deck, you can shoot them in the next yard. Damn dogs keep barking at them.
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If we can figure out how to do that legally, I'm There!!!!

Your neighbors okay with bow hunting and are you in an unincorporated area???

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In the East bay of the bay area, out near Marsh Creek Road in Clayton, need to get permission from the owners, Martinez, same thing need permission. Concord, Clayton, Walnut Creek and Martinez are crawling with turkeys. I see them on the side of the street sometimes. They are everywhere here.
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In the East bay of the bay area, out near Marsh Creek Road in Clayton, need to get permission from the owners, Martinez, same thing need permission. Concord, Clayton, Walnut Creek and Martinez are crawling with turkeys. I see them on the side of the street sometimes. They are everywhere here.
No doubt - but I have had zero luck getting permission - any suggestions?
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There were half a dozen on the property here in Livermore when I got home tonight!!!
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Better check the reg's, no Spring season for turkeys at Cottonwood. Cottonwood Areas close last Sunday in January.
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They're all over the place in Red Bluff and Cottonwood.
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FHL is decent for turkeys.
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F all that! Get a sword and a bag of stale bread and park near John George pavilion in San Leandro. Was dropping off a pt and was accosted by the biggest turkey I had ever seen in my life!!!!

Freaking me out
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F all that! Get a sword and a bag of stale bread and park near John George pavilion in San Leandro. Was dropping off a pt and was accosted by the biggest turkey I had ever seen in my life!!!!

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Did you stomp it out?
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If you know what John George is you'll know I sorta had my hands full lol

http://www.acmedctr.org/johngeorge.cfm
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Upper Cottonwood has some turkeys, but it also has a fair bit of hunter traffic.
People keep saying Cottonwood, but I have never seen a Turkey there. Pigs and Deer, rarely, and even saw Elk once, but NEVER Turkeys, and I scoured that entire area for weeks straight last summer.

And as said before, it is only open from Deer opener to Duck closer, so no Spring Turkeys.
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RE: Upper Cottonwood. I used to hear them up there when I was hunting pigs..... usually during the winter. Now that you mention it, I do recall that it is closed for spring so it's kind of an academic point.

The last time I was up there was several years ago, though. I occasionally hunt Dinosaur Point (other side of the road, and up by the summit) for quail, and have never seen or heard turkeys there. Deer, pig, elk, coyote, quail...yes. Turkeys, no.
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Oroville Wildlife area has lots of turkeys. I think they only do a special draw for the spring out there though. But definitely worth looking into. Its great habitat.
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