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Old 02-13-2018, 09:06 PM   #1
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Anyone know of any public land in Texas that might hold turkey? I'm having trouble convincing myself that I need to pay someone $400 to take me turkey hunting but it's getting easier by the day to justify it.


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Old 02-13-2018, 09:08 PM   #2
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Anyone know of any public land in Texas that might hold turkey? I'm having trouble convincing myself that I need to pay someone $400 to take me turkey hunting but it's getting easier by the day to justify it.


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Itís funny u ask that I was wondering the same thing today hopefully somebody responds to this


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Old 02-13-2018, 09:09 PM   #3
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I would think that there's at least one place in Texas you can go for it on public land lol


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Old 02-13-2018, 09:25 PM   #4
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Old 02-13-2018, 09:26 PM   #5
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$400 for a turkey hunt seems cheap. I thought it was more in the $750-1,500 range.
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Old 02-13-2018, 09:35 PM   #6
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I canít find LBJ grasslands where is it


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Old 02-13-2018, 10:10 PM   #7
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NW Fort Worth, 45 miles. Wise county.
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Old 02-14-2018, 03:32 AM   #8
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I've found turkey hunts on Craigslist going for $400 and under in some cases but some of the cheaper ones are no guarantee. I wasn't sure if LBJ had turkeys or not.


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Old 02-14-2018, 03:39 AM   #9
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It does, but it's an extreme hit or miss.
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Old 02-15-2018, 09:36 AM   #10
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I've found turkey hunts on Craigslist going for $400 and under in some cases but some of the cheaper ones are no guarantee. I wasn't sure if LBJ had turkeys or not.


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If you want a guarantee, public land hunting is not the way to go lol
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Old 02-15-2018, 09:41 AM   #11
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Where are you located?
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Old 02-15-2018, 09:50 AM   #12
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Really just depends on where you are located.
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Old 02-15-2018, 09:53 AM   #13
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LBJ grasslands (around Decatur). Hunted there for over 20 years. Come Spring, those Rios will be lighting it up first light. PM me with questions regarding spots to hunt. I don't mind sharing.
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Old 02-15-2018, 09:54 AM   #14
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$400 for a turkey hunt seems cheap. I thought it was more in the $750-1,500 range.
Real Outdoors out of Menard are offering 2 birds for $900 right now.
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Old 02-15-2018, 09:54 AM   #15
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If you want a guarantee, public land hunting is not the way to go lol


Nah I'm not looking for that just saying that's the rate for those Day hunts in some places. I'd rather do it on public land if I can


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Old 02-15-2018, 09:59 AM   #16
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what part of the state?
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Old 02-15-2018, 02:53 PM   #17
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Twinn Buttes San Angelo has public hunting and there are LOTS of turkey there. When I was deer hunting there in Dec I had huge groups of 35 turkeys on a regular basis.


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Old 02-15-2018, 03:16 PM   #18
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If you want a guarantee, public land hunting is not the way to go lol
If its guaranteed then its not hunting lol
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Old 02-15-2018, 05:57 PM   #19
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LBJ grasslands (around Decatur). Hunted there for over 20 years. Come Spring, those Rios will be lighting it up first light. PM me with questions regarding spots to hunt. I don't mind sharing.


Hey man. Do you mind taking me out once, so I can learn the ropes? I plan on using a bow. I haven't strayed off 41 this season, but open to go anywhere out there.


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Old 02-15-2018, 05:59 PM   #20
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I've found turkey hunts on Craigslist going for $400 and under in some cases but some of the cheaper ones are no guarantee. I wasn't sure if LBJ had turkeys or not.


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Public gets a bad rap. I have found turkey past two weekends I have been out at LBJ.


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Old 02-20-2018, 11:15 AM   #21
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Anyone know of any public land in Texas that might hold turkey? I'm having trouble convincing myself that I need to pay someone $400 to take me turkey hunting but it's getting easier by the day to justify it.


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I know a place for $300 day hunt for turkey.
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Old 02-23-2018, 03:59 PM   #22
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Hey man. Do you mind taking me out once, so I can learn the ropes? I plan on using a bow. I haven't strayed off 41 this season, but open to go anywhere out there.


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I don't have his experience up there, but have taken a few birds up there and can show you around.
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Old 02-23-2018, 04:01 PM   #23
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I don't have his experience up there, but have taken a few birds up there and can show you around.


Yeah keep me posted if you ever want to meet up there. I've got hogs up there, so I have put in a lot of miles.


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Old 02-26-2018, 03:29 PM   #24
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Anyone turkey hunt in Bannister WMA?
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Old 03-02-2018, 10:45 AM   #25
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LBJ grasslands (around Decatur). Hunted there for over 20 years. Come Spring, those Rios will be lighting it up first light. PM me with questions regarding spots to hunt. I don't mind sharing.
Could you PM as well? Stupid post count isn't high enough to PM you on my own.
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Old 03-03-2018, 03:48 AM   #26
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NW Fort Worth, 45 miles. Wise county.
I'll have to definitely check that out. My dad was just telling me about that area today. I've been curious on public turkey around Sam Houston National Forest if you would have any insight on that as well.
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Old 03-05-2018, 01:12 AM   #27
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No longer an open season on the Angelina national forest.
Not sure why they didn't update it in the annual this year,
but they restocked birds on the Angelina within the last couple of years.
Last I recall they had road signs at the forest entrance saying no eastern turkey season, but that also need to be posted in the rules and regulations booklet so there's no confusion.

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Old 03-05-2018, 01:18 AM   #28
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Seasons been closed several years now on the Sam Houston NF due to low bird numbers. There are pockets, from previous stockings but not enough to have an open season. I called in a bird about 10 years ago on 1375, but haven't seen or heard one since, although I still get reports...

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Old 03-08-2018, 02:13 PM   #29
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What are some good units at the LBJ grasslands for Turkeys?
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Old 03-15-2018, 02:36 PM   #30
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Your best bet is the grasslands north of fort worth,
or Caddo and Sabine in east Texas...

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Thanks ���� Any good areas to get them around Montgomery? Or should I try looking around Ft Worth or East Texas? Been wanting to find a good spot for some.
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Old 03-19-2018, 08:28 PM   #31
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Hello all,
I'm very new to forums and it's awesome to read about all the success,frustrations and people excited about hunting.
Started public land scouting this year and holy crap is it frustrating lol. Been scouting lbj for Turkey 4 units down and nojoy look forward to another weekend of walking the land.
Glad to be here
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Old 03-25-2018, 12:23 AM   #32
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I enjoy lbj grasslands for hog and turkey but I put lots of time in , will be scouting corps of engineers lands around the lake in 5 hours .look into it and good luck
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Old 04-01-2018, 08:32 PM   #33
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Any luck this weekend?
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Old 04-10-2018, 12:15 PM   #34
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I'm another newbie looking for any advice regarding turkey hunting public land withing 2-3 hours of the DFW area. I usually hunt private land in Louisiana, but would love to find somewhere closer I could go on occasion. I have spent hours trying to understand the regulations and where to I could go, but have found it confusing and frustrating.

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Old 04-11-2018, 08:59 PM   #35
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Corp land around a few of the lakes will have birds......Texoma, Aquila, Pat Mayse and Coffee Mill..... Scout a lot, call a little, walk and listen a lot.... Hunt during the week if possible....Be patient.....

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Old 04-11-2018, 09:41 PM   #36
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Are turkeys in the LBJ eastern or Rioís?


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Old 04-11-2018, 09:51 PM   #37
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Twin Buttes in San Angelo
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Old 04-14-2018, 11:12 AM   #38
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Halfway through my LBJ weekend turkey trip. No birds yet. If it was deer season Iíd be packing it up already lol.


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Old 04-16-2018, 09:30 AM   #39
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If it were deer season all you would have seen were turkeys.
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Old 04-16-2018, 09:46 AM   #40
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Hunted LBJ all weekend. Saw turkeys every day. Birds are smart enough to stay on private though.

Same report with deer, those things were everywhere, and not afraid of me one bit.

Also the wind sucked this weekend.
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Old 04-17-2018, 11:24 AM   #41
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If it were deer season all you would have seen were turkeys.
I hunted near San Angelo and saw several deer and zero reports of anyone seeing turkeys I posted abt it and the deer hunters all said lots of turkeys in the fall go figure.
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Old 04-18-2018, 08:58 AM   #42
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Hunted LBJ all weekend. Saw turkeys every day. Birds are smart enough to stay on private though.

Same report with deer, those things were everywhere, and not afraid of me one bit.

Also the wind sucked this weekend.


The wind was absolutely terrible. MIL sent me a video from her backyard in Bowie, had turkeys in her yard all day Sunday after I left.


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Old 04-18-2018, 09:01 AM   #43
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I hunted near San Angelo and saw several deer and zero reports of anyone seeing turkeys I posted abt it and the deer hunters all said lots of turkeys in the fall go figure.


Just a rookie asking here but does strong winds really deter turkeys to stay hidden or stay away?


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Just a rookie asking here but does strong winds really deter turkeys to stay hidden or stay away?


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After this weekend, I wonít be out hunting turkeys if gusts get over 15mph again lol.


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Old 04-18-2018, 09:03 AM   #45
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After this weekend, I wonít be out hunting turkeys if gusts get over 15mph again lol.


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Iíve been recommended to try LBJ grasslands but they have had bad luck this season too. Iím still gonna go but during the week and try myself.


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Old 04-18-2018, 09:04 AM   #46
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Iíve been recommended to try LBJ grasslands but they have had bad luck this season too. Iím still gonna go but during the week and try myself.


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Old 04-18-2018, 01:44 PM   #47
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Whitney has turkeys too...
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Old 04-18-2018, 02:06 PM   #48
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If you have time, scout first. I got up there a day early just to scout, no gun. Saw turkeys (All just across the fence on private), bobcat, had two deer walk up to me, and all kinds of other animals.

Found a great spot to set up in the morning. Could have done without the wind though.
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Old 04-19-2018, 08:27 AM   #49
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If you have time, scout first. I got up there a day early just to scout, no gun. Saw turkeys (All just across the fence on private), bobcat, had two deer walk up to me, and all kinds of other animals.



Found a great spot to set up in the morning. Could have done without the wind though.


Most definitely also have you seen hogs up there? I called the Ranger and they said you can hunt hog up there with a shotgun whole lot better than bow like here near Austin


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Old 04-22-2018, 10:47 PM   #50
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