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Old 03-24-2017, 12:57 PM   #1
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Who all's gonna be chasing public land turkeys?

This is going to be my first year trying to bag a bird with my bow without a blind.

I'm pretty pumped for it!
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Old 03-24-2017, 01:15 PM   #2
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Old 03-24-2017, 01:20 PM   #3
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I'll be out there chasing my first bird, too!

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Old 03-24-2017, 01:31 PM   #4
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Good luck Kirby. I too will be after them on public near DFW, though most likely with the boomstick as it is already challenging enough. Cannot wait to put some miles on the boots, I love springtime in Texas!
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Old 03-24-2017, 01:47 PM   #5
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not hunting public land but I am chasing my first bird!! Super pumped up
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Old 03-24-2017, 02:09 PM   #6
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I'll be hunting them on the Kerr WMA next week, technically public land but not likely the kind that you're talking about.

Having said that, there's no guarantee that I'll be put in a pasture with birds or that they'll cooperate or that the weather will be good for that 2 day window.
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Old 03-24-2017, 02:18 PM   #7
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Who all's gonna be chasing public land turkeys?

This is going to be my first year trying to bag a bird with my bow without a blind.

I'm pretty pumped for it!
Where you planning on chasing them?

I'm thinking about the vine and texoma.
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Old 03-24-2017, 02:27 PM   #8
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Where you planning on chasing them?

I'm thinking about the vine and texoma.
turkey's at Lake Grapevine?
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Old 03-24-2017, 02:38 PM   #9
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Good luck! I'll be up in Ladonia trying my luck. First turkey season. Might head down to Whitney too.


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Who all's gonna be chasing public land turkeys?

This is going to be my first year trying to bag a bird with my bow without a blind.

I'm pretty pumped for it!
In for public! PM me of you want to hook up
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Old 03-24-2017, 03:40 PM   #11
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I don't know if Gertrude will come out to play this year or not.
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Old 03-24-2017, 05:09 PM   #12
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Every WMA in Dfw has birds to some extent. The trickiest part is locating them. I haven't had as much free time this spring to get out but I have a few places in mind.

I just know that some areas hold birds every year, and some places where you find birds in the fall are empty as can be come spring.

I'm either gonna be on a mountain bike or in a canoe.
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Old 03-24-2017, 06:18 PM   #13
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Kirby, they are thick in Macown valley..

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Old 03-24-2017, 06:19 PM   #14
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Old 03-25-2017, 05:50 PM   #15
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Kirby, they are thick in Macown valley..

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Heh, this morning was crazy. Just in scouting I encountered a ton of activity. It's gonna be a good year I'd say!
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Old 03-25-2017, 06:17 PM   #16
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First time turkey hunting, seeing a lot of hens but no toms today


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Old 03-25-2017, 06:24 PM   #17
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Keep at it. I wish I lived in the south zone!
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Old 03-25-2017, 06:35 PM   #18
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Keep at it. I wish I lived in the south zone!


Hunting easterns in South Carolina right now


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Old 03-25-2017, 07:38 PM   #19
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Will escort the misses opening day. Would like 2. Thinking her 20 gauge......
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Old 03-26-2017, 06:38 PM   #20
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Saw some good birds at Ray Roberts about 3 weeks ago.
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Old 03-28-2017, 08:21 AM   #21
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I have been itching to get out to lake A, lake W. Opening morning of bow season I could hear them but never seen one step out. Good luck to all who are getting out there this weekend.
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Old 03-30-2017, 12:27 PM   #22
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They have been hott down south for weeks now, Unfortunately I decided to use the turkey Guilliotine Broadhead and my shot didnt go off as Planned. When I pulled the trigger my arrow dove hard low and left of my turkey's neck and I had to use the 12 guage backup ! I will use a rage broadhead in a few weeks for my next bird. Live and learn
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Old 04-05-2017, 01:47 AM   #23
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I'll be chasing public land easterns in east Texas in a couple of weeks. Should be another good year with the decent hatches the past couple of springs..

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Old 04-05-2017, 02:24 PM   #24
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Plan on hunting Twin Buttes in the the next few weeks for my first turkey and public land hunt. Has anyone been there and know anything about the lay of the land?
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Old 04-09-2017, 05:24 PM   #25
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Can anyone name a few public lands that holds turkeys? Really want to get a public land turkey!! Twin Buttes is really the only one I know of.
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Old 04-10-2017, 04:06 PM   #26
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Can anyone name a few public lands that holds turkeys? Really want to get a public land turkey!! Twin Buttes is really the only one I know of.
Caddo National Graslands has a decent number of birds
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Old 04-10-2017, 05:50 PM   #27
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Caddo National Graslands has a decent number of birds


How about LBJ?


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Old 04-10-2017, 06:08 PM   #28
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We'll be out at Caddo this weekend.


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Old 04-10-2017, 06:09 PM   #29
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We'll be out at Caddo this weekend.


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Do I need permission at Caddo? I have the public land pass.


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Old 04-10-2017, 06:13 PM   #30
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No sir, as long as you have that APH you're good. We're getting up there Friday morning and camping out all weekend.


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Old 04-10-2017, 10:03 PM   #31
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LBJ has a larger population of birds as those are Rio Grande turkey out there. There are fewer Eastern turkey in the state than Rios, but there is still a decent population of birds in the Caddo area. There is also a good number of birds down south on the SNF. Going out this Sunday afternoon to work on getting another eastern. I plan to be there the majority of the week, but hoping I can seal the deal early so I can get some fishing done the remainder of my time there.

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Old 04-10-2017, 10:05 PM   #32
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Would like to take my son with bow (first time for both). Do we have to get a permit to camp or just find a spot and then hunt.


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Old 04-10-2017, 11:54 PM   #33
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If you're hunting Caddo and have the $48 Annual Public Hunting Permit you have all you need to hunt and camp on the WMA.

I think most forest and grasslands have designated hunting camp sites during deer season, but I believe during turkey season I believe you can camp on most areas on the forest and grasslands.

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Old 04-11-2017, 08:33 AM   #34
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The GW told us we had to use the designated sites this weekend. We thought the same thing about being able to camp out in he hunting areas.


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Must only be on that particular WMA. On Forest Service lands that's only a requirement during rifle service. I also hunt with a recently retired warden and have spoke with working wardens at our camp sites and we've not had any issues with that...

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Old 04-11-2017, 04:13 PM   #36
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Heading to Lake Meredith for turkeys this weekend.
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Old 04-11-2017, 05:35 PM   #37
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Old 04-12-2017, 02:53 PM   #38
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Heading to Lake Meredith for turkeys this weekend.
I didn't know you could hunt Lake Meredith..I can't seem to find any hunting maps/dates on the TPWD website. Is it draw only or do you just need the APH? Know where I can find a pdf map of the hunting compartments? Thanks.
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Old 04-12-2017, 02:59 PM   #39
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I didn't know you could hunt Lake Meredith..I can't seem to find any hunting maps/dates on the TPWD website. Is it draw only or do you just need the APH? Know where I can find a pdf map of the hunting compartments? Thanks.
It's federal so nothing about it on TPWD. No need for APH, just go hunt. You can find maps and regs on the Lake Meredith website.
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Old 04-16-2017, 05:02 PM   #40
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Anyone do any good at the Caddo National Grasslands?

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Old 04-18-2017, 10:18 AM   #41
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We heard some, but couldn't call em in. Ran into a guy that was in the same area and he got one after about an hour of hunting.


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Old 04-19-2017, 09:01 AM   #42
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That happens, I'll hit the southern end of Bois d'Arc Creek this week

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Good luck to ya! I'll be back out there next Saturday.


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Old 04-23-2017, 12:37 PM   #44
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Burned some boot leather hunting our Texas public lands this morning and stumbled upon a Rio Grande hen on this nest. Snapped a quick photo and skedaddled in hopes she'll find her way back and raise us some more turkeys!

According to this TAMU article, this hen is only 5 days into laying her clutch, and may have another 5 or 6 days to go

"Females lay one egg per day, producing an average total of 10-11 eggs. The eggs are cream or tan in color and may have brown speckles. Incubation lasts around 28 days after the last egg is laid."

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Old 04-25-2017, 12:56 PM   #46
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Came across an eastern nest last year with 6 eggs in it on the National forest. Actually almost walked right on top of her while she was on it and she exploded from the ferns at my feet and scared the heck out of me...lol

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Burned some boot leather hunting our Texas public lands this morning and stumbled upon a Rio Grande hen on this nest. Snapped a quick photo and skedaddled in hopes she'll find her way back and raise us some more turkeys!

According to this TAMU article, this hen is only 5 days into laying her clutch, and may have another 5 or 6 days to go

"Females lay one egg per day, producing an average total of 10-11 eggs. The eggs are cream or tan in color and may have brown speckles. Incubation lasts around 28 days after the last egg is laid."

http://wildlife.tamu.edu/wildlifemanagement/turkeys/
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Old 04-28-2017, 02:48 PM   #47
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Caddo National Graslands has a decent number of birds
I was surrounded by turkeys early morning during last season's archery opener @ Caddo.. it was insane
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Old 04-28-2017, 03:19 PM   #48
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My cousin and his friends have been hammering the gobblers on public land near Angelo State. I think they have kill 4-6 birds already.
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Old 04-29-2017, 12:07 AM   #49
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I was surrounded by turkeys early morning during last season's archery opener @ Caddo.. it was insane
They would keep up so much racket I couldn't nap in my stand....LOL

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