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Old 03-04-2021, 08:50 PM   #1
chehunt
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I hear most people talking about deer leases and exotics and such...but what do places that charge to hunt turkey's normally get for a hunt? I've looked online at several, but it always has guides and food and more fluff than just a good hunt for turkeys. A couple of people I am acquaintances with were talking about going on a hunt in Mason, but never heard a number.
A buddy is considering doing some hunts on a place, but have no idea what to charge.
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Old 03-04-2021, 11:34 PM   #2
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I hear $300 per bird as pretty standard.
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Old 03-05-2021, 05:28 AM   #3
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It depends on what is included. I have turkey hunted the same ranch since 2004 and it’s cheap, but no place to stay. Another spot I have hunted is $400 for 3 days and 2 gobblers but you have a nice cabin.

I wouldn’t personally pay more than $500.
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Old 03-05-2021, 07:08 AM   #4
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If you think $400 for a three day hunt with lodging and food. I think is not bad.
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Old 03-05-2021, 08:37 AM   #5
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I'm going to south Texas next month for 150 per day and 200-300 kill fee depending on beard length.
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Old 03-05-2021, 09:00 AM   #6
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The cost of turkey hunts in Texas has skyrocketed in recent years primarily due to out of state hunters. It's just the way it is.
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Old 03-05-2021, 09:06 AM   #7
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I'm going to south Texas next month for 150 per day and 200-300 kill fee depending on beard length.
Man, never thought the day would come that kill fee depended on beard length! I guess that time is now.
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Old 03-05-2021, 09:23 AM   #8
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I'm going to south Texas next month for 150 per day and 200-300 kill fee depending on beard length.
Jakes should be pretty cheap then......
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Old 03-05-2021, 09:29 AM   #9
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We did a few turkey hunts on our place between Mason and Menard. It was a nice place to stay and semi guided but they brought their own food etc. We charged $750 a person and they could kill 2 birds (no guarantee)

We had lots of people willing to do it. We stopped because the turkey have virtually vanished on our place. We used to have thousands.

You have to factor in the increased liability of having people on your place and the value to the land owner/lease members.

I'm not driving up to our place and take care of hunters for $400. It is just not worth it to me. Of course, everyone is different.

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Old 03-05-2021, 09:41 AM   #10
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My dad was on a western hill country lease of 6000 aces. They leased the entire place with full feeders to a group of 4 for $6000. They had full run of the place including a cabin for the first two weeks of season. They were allowed the full limit of birds, hogs, predators and 1 fallow doe each.

It was an awesome turkey place with numerous drainages holding good roosting areas and wide open flats to set up the dekes and call. I hunted it twice after they left and while the birds were a little scattered by then I still had good hunts.

Due to this program they didn't allow any turkeys to be killed during deer season. Which I agree with if you like to hunt strutters in the spring.

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Old 03-05-2021, 10:43 AM   #11
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Man, never thought the day would come that kill fee depended on beard length! I guess that time is now.
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Jakes should be pretty cheap then......
Nope it just makes the old toms trophies and pricy
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Old 03-05-2021, 11:47 AM   #12
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Jakes should be pretty cheap then......
Lol, yeah! The rules state no jakes allowed, 6'' minimum beard length.
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Old 03-05-2021, 04:52 PM   #13
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Good info, thanks guys.
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Old 03-05-2021, 08:54 PM   #14
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We did a few turkey hunts on our place between Mason and Menard. It was a nice place to stay and semi guided but they brought their own food etc. We charged $750 a person and they could kill 2 birds (no guarantee)

We had lots of people willing to do it. We stopped because the turkey have virtually vanished on our place. We used to have thousands.

You have to factor in the increased liability of having people on your place and the value to the land owner/lease members.

I'm not driving up to our place and take care of hunters for $400. It is just not worth it to me. Of course, everyone is different.

Do you know what caused such a big population decrease? My place has no turkeys except a couple jakes that show up in spring. I was told there used to be a good population.
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Old 03-06-2021, 03:08 PM   #15
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I'm a Spring turkey hunting outfitter in South Texas and I offer both the
all inclusive package hunt and one for the DIY hunter. With the DIY package
I offer lodging and the place to hunt, you do your own meals.
Three day hunt, 2 bird limit, $350 per day. A third bird costs extra.
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Old 03-06-2021, 05:46 PM   #16
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I asked my land owner several years ago what
He would charge my friend to come out for 3 days and he said $500. ( 1 hour west of Austin)
He paid it and shot 2 birds
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Old 03-06-2021, 07:10 PM   #17
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We have a lot of turkeys. We have discussed the same thing. I feel the same as one poster did. It isn't worth doing for a small amount. I know $300 for two days and $200 per bird is a lot but land costs a lot and so does liability insurance.

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Old 03-06-2021, 08:10 PM   #18
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I would think the lodging would add alot to the package...Heck a hotel room just about anywhere is over $100/night...and I would much rather be in a camphouse with a fire outside.
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Old 03-08-2021, 12:04 PM   #19
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Do you know what caused such a big population decrease? My place has no turkeys except a couple jakes that show up in spring. I was told there used to be a good population.
Not really sure. The land owner did tons of clearing, that may be why. We have had more hogs come in, but we probably killed 80 or so this past year.

It definitely is not because of over-hunting.
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Old 03-08-2021, 12:25 PM   #20
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I'm going to south Texas next month for 150 per day and 200-300 kill fee depending on beard length.
Joking on the beard i assume?
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Old 03-08-2021, 01:06 PM   #21
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Joking on the beard i assume?
No not at all. The rules state, no jakes only mature gobblers are to killed. Mature being defined as having a 6+ inch beard. Not unreasonable really. I've killed several turkeys over the years and I'm not going to spend 500 dollars to shoot a gobbler with a 6'' beard.
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Old 03-08-2021, 01:07 PM   #22
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To clarify, 6''-10'' beard is 200 and over 10'' is 300.
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Old 03-16-2021, 08:37 AM   #23
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My brother does a few hunts in London Tx, has lodging, call Richard 713- 502-3348.
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Old 03-16-2021, 08:48 AM   #24
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I've paid $600 for a guided Merriams hunt in Colorado - no food or lodging and am going on a $1,500 Osceola hunt this weekend that includes food and lodging. For Rios, I would expect at or below $600 without lodging or food. For Gould's and Osceolas, expect to pay more than $2,000 with lodging.
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